Update, July 31, 3:15 p.m. EDT: Norwegian Cruise Line spokeswoman Vanessa Picariello said the new all-inclusive package will not be available to previously booked passengers and is only for new bookings made between August 4 and August 29.
(11:47 a.m. EDT) -- Norwegian Cruise Line will debut an all-inclusive package that includes dining, beverages, Internet, excursions and more on most of its 2015 sailings. But the first-for-the-cruise-line offer won't be available for long. Only those who have already reserved a 2015 booking or those making a new booking during a 25-day window in August will have access to the package.
The all-inclusive package will be available on all three- to 14-night 2015 sailings, except those on Pride of America. The per-person price (which is separate from and in addition to the cruise fare) and what's included are based on the length of the cruise; for a seven-night sailing, the cost is $899 per person (. When adding the package to a booking, the cost of the cruise fare itself is reduced by 10 percent.
Included in the package for a seven-night cruise are: the ultimate dining and beverage packages, a shore excursion credit of $200 per person, prepaid daily service charges, 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.
For cruises from three to five nights, the shore excursion credit is reduced to $100 per person, and on cruises of nine to 14 nights, the package includes 12 bottles of water instead of six.
According to the cruise line, the new offer was inspired by the popularity of its dining and beverage packages, as well as its new fly, cruise and stay packages, which include air, cruise and hotel.
To qualify for the all-inclusive package offer, new cruise reservations must be made between August 4 and August 29. Already booked 2015 cruises also qualify. If one passenger in a cabin books the package, all people in the same cabin must also purchase it. The offer is not available on bookings made in the U.K. or Europe.
--By Dori Saltzman, News Editor