Norwegian Cruise Line is implementing significant price increases for two of the cruise line’s beverage packages effective January 1, 2023. Prices will be increased by $10 for both the Premium Plus Beverage Package and the Unlimited Open Bar Beverage Package.
The new pricing makes Norwegian Cruise Line one of the most expensive beverage packages in the industry. The only good news? NCL has recently made several changes to its loyalty program, which means that part of the Latitudes loyalty program can avail discounts of up to 50% on beverage packages.
Most expensive beverage packages in the cruise industry
With a price increase of $10 for both the Premium Plus Beverage Package and the Unlimited Open Bar Beverage Package, Norwegian Cruise Line is the most expensive cruise line for beverage packages in the industry.
The Premium Plus Beverage Package, which currently costs $128 per person per day, will increase to $138 per person per day, excluding gratuities. There is no limit to what guests can order, including wine, champagne and premium drinks.
Including the 20% gratuity that the cruise line adds to the package, the price guests pay per day is over $165 for a couple, which comes to $330.
The second tier beverage package, the Unlimited Open Bar Beverage Package, currently costs $99 per person. Beginning January 1, 2023, the price will increase to $109 per person per day. Package includes all beverages up to $15 per serving. Since 2017, the price of this package has increased By 30 dollars.
Those who thought they would buy one package and share it will be disappointed. If any guest purchases either of the two packages, it must be purchased for all guests age 21+ on the same reservation. Individuals under 21 must purchase a soda package.
So whether it is better to buy a beverage package or pay as you go is debatable. Drink prices on Norwegian cruise ships vary between $6-$9 for beer and ciders, $9 and up for spirits, and $10-$13 per serving for cocktails. Those who only have one or two daily drinks may want to buy a package.
Is there a way to get a drink package at a lower price? Yes, there is.
The Latitude program offers a way to save on beverage packages
Earlier this week, it became clear that Norwegian Cruise Line has The company has made several changes to its loyalty program. Those changes include more freedom for free dinners that the cruise line offers to guests in the Gold, Platinum, Sapphire, Diamond and Ambassador ranks. But the cruise line also includes steep unlimited open bar package discounts.
After their first cruise with Norwegian, guests are automatically enrolled in the Latitudes Rewards program so you can unlock a world of rewards. In the first tier, Bronze, which is awarded after the first sailing, guests can enjoy a 30% discount on the beverage package.
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After that these discounts increase significantly. Silver and Gold tiers get 40% off, Platinum and Sapphire get 45% off and Diamond and Ambassador get 50% off.
If a guest is in the Gold tier and purchases an Unlimited Open Bar beverage package at $109, they will receive a $305 bulk discount.
Of course, it could be argued that the price hikes are due to these discounts, and they probably are. However, with prices rising globally, Norwegian Cruise Line’s bottom line will also suffer, and raising prices will always be the direction cruise lines go.