Anyone who has been on a cruise will know first-hand how tempting it is to eat all day long. With breakfast from 5am-11am, lunch from 11am-3pm, afternoon snacks from 3pm-6pm, dinner from 6pm-11pm, and a midnight chocolate buffet before the 24-hour room service kicks in, you can eat what you like, when you like – and most people do!
Until now, most commercial cruise lines such as Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity have offered alcohol beverages at an additional cost, and while reasonably priced ($6 for a cocktail, $5 – $8 dollars for a beer, and around $30 for a bottle of wine), these drinks soon add up over the course of a week or two.
So following in the footsteps of luxury cruise lines such as Regent Seven Seas and Silversea Cruises, who include alcoholic beverages in their packages, the commercial players are attempting to introduce all-you-can-drink alcohol packages aboard their mega ships.
Norwegian Cruise Line is the latest company to try out the trend, and while it is still being referred to as “a trial” by the cruise line; the program is receiving positive reviews from Cruise Critic members. One client said, “They had it on the 11-day Sun cruise we just came off. $49 per day. You had to buy the first or second day for the entire 11 days. Everyone in the cabin had to buy it and they add 15% gratuity to the total. No tax.”
By my calculations, an 11-day cruise at $49 per day, plus 15% gratuity = $619.85 per person… Does anyone really consume 600 dollars worth of alcohol? If so, you might be better off booking with Regency!
We would love to hear what you think about this, it certainly brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “booze cruise” – drop us a line and let us know!