In the Know: Norwegian Cruise Line Alcohol and Beverage Policy

Norwegian Cruise Line continues its “Freestyle” approach with their beverage policy.

Norwegian says feel free to bring your favorite non-alcoholic beverage onboard with you on embarkation day; soda, juice or bottled water.  There isn’t necessarily a limit to the amount allowed onboard, Norwegian just says ‘with-in reason.’

Wine and champagne are also allowed onboard, but Norwegian will charge you a corkage fee–regardless of where you plan on consuming it. The corkage fee for champagne is $15.00, but for wine it depends on the size : 750ml bottles are a $15.00 fee, 1L bottles are a $20.00 fee and 1500ml bottles are a $30.00 fee.  Boxes of wine are not permitted.

To help soda lover’s wallets, soda packages are available for purchase for duration your cruise (so purchase on the first day if possible for the best savings). With the soda card guests are allowed unlimited fountain drinks during their cruise. The cost of the package is $6.25pp/per day for passengers 13 and over and just $4.00 pp/per day for passengers 12 and under. A 15% service charge is added to the total price.  Every soda package comes with a Norwegian thermal souvenir mug.

There are no alcohol packages available for pre-purchase, but there are opportunities for savings on alcoholic beverages onboard. They also offer a wine package (you purchase so many bottles and receive a discounted price), or you can save by buying a bucket of beer (buy 5 receive 1 free).

The legal drinking age onboard a Norwegian cruise is 21, just like in the states. However, Norwegian does permit guests between the ages of 18-20 to purchase and drink alcohol while on the ship with the written consent of a parent or legal guardian on the same sailing. The ship must be outside US waters (3 miles out). NOT PERMITTED ON HAWAII OR ALASKA SAILINGS.  Complete details and consent forms can be found on the ship at the reception desk.  Norwegian reserves the right to refuse to sell anyone alcohol based on conduct.

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2 Comments

  1. Sheila Foster says:

    We will be cruising aboard the Norwegian Star in March/April and were wondering about purchasing a wine package. Could you give me some information on what packages are available and the price? Thanks.

    1. admin says:

      Good morning Sheila!

      How exciting, hope you have a wonderful cruise. Unfortunately, there are not any wine packages available to purchase prior to sailing. Norwegian does offer a wine list here: http://www.ncl.com/sites/default/files/WineList_Fleetwide_03052012.pdf.

      However, sometimes onboard (depending on the sailing) there will be a wine package offered in the atrium on the first day of sailing. You receive a 20% discount on a minimum of 7 bottles purchased from their offered list. But again, unfortunately there is no way to know the price or order beforehand. It just depends on the individual ship and sailing.

      You can bring wine and champagne with you on embarkation day, you will just be charged a corkage fee of $15 for a 750 ml Bottle and $30 for a 1,500 ml bottle (no boxed wine allowed).

      Hope this helps!

      Thank you,

      Alara Shannon

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