Monday, August 04, 2014

Norwegian Cruise Lines Adds An All-Inclusive Package

Cruising has always been pretty close to an all-inclusive vacation experience with accommodations, food, and entertainment all incorporated in the cruise fare. Imagine how convenient it would be if a cruise was truly comprehensive and you could step onboard knowing your credit card would not be charged another cent!  Well, for a limited time only, Norwegian Cruise Line will offer an all-inclusive package on all 2015 sailings (a few exclusions apply) for new reservations made from August 4th through August 29th!

So exactly what is offered in the new Norwegian Cruise Line all-inclusive package, how much does it cost, and will guests find it worth their while?  The price of the all–inclusive package added to a 7-night cruise is $899 per person but guests then receives 10% off the cruise fare! For those booking the more costly cabins such as mini suites, suites and the Haven, this savings may actually make up a good portion of the all-inclusive package price!  It also includes gratuities, which is something you would likely pay anyway, so it’s nice to get that expense out of the way.

In addition, the package includes the Ultimate Dining package, something that I’m a big fan of!  The dining package gives guests the opportunity to try a different specialty restaurant each night of their cruise, an experience you don’t want to miss!  Cagney’s Steakhouse, the French La Bistro, the Italian trattoria…the choices vary by ship but they’re all delicious!

The new all-inclusive package also adds the Ultimate Beverage package (unlimited mixed drinks, beer, wine and soda) to your cruise experience.  Depending on how much you actually drink will determine if this is worth having.  For many it is, but for someone that never has more than a glass of wine at dinner and maybe a cocktail later in the evening, it wouldn’t  provide much value.

A shore excursion credit of $200 per person, a 250-minute Internet package per person, 20 photos of any size, chocolate-covered strawberries, a bottle of wine, one bingo session and six bottles of water are also part of the all-inclusive package.  That’s all good!

The new all-inclusive package is priced by the number of days, and is available for all stateroom categories. For cruises from three to five days, the shore excursion credit is $100 per person; and for sailings from 9-14 days, the package includes 12 bottles of water. Remember, this is a limited time only offer, but I suppose if enough people find it advantageous, Norwegian Cruise Line would consider extending it.

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