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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