• Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Log In
You may also like
Norwegian Cruise Line to Eliminate Shipwide Open Bar on Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Sun
Norwegian Sky (Photo: Norwegian)

Norwegian Cruise Line to Eliminate Shipwide Open Bar on Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Sun

Norwegian Cruise Line to Eliminate Shipwide Open Bar on Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Sun
Norwegian Sky (Photo: Norwegian)

October 10, 2019

Ashley Kosciolek
By Ashley Kosciolek
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter
Norwegian Cruise Line will no longer offer free open bar on Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Sun, beginning in September.
In 2015, Norwegian announced that Norwegian Sky would go alcohol-inclusive in 2016, meaning that alcoholic beverages were included in the cruise fares for all passengers on short sailings of three to four nights.
After successfully deploying Norwegian Sky to Cuba in 2017, the line added a second ship -- Norwegian Sun, which also became alcohol-inclusive -- to the region in 2018.
But, following recent U.S. government changes to Cuba travel, the line was forced to alter these short itineraries and made the decision to change its open bar policy.
Despite the change, Norwegian said in a statement that cruisers will still be able to choose open bar as one of the perks available under its "Free at Sea" program, which also includes options like free specialty dining, shore excursion credits, free Wi-Fi, and free or reduced airfare.
The open bar offering will be honored for passengers with existing bookings on either ship after September 7, when the changes take effect.
How was this article?
Popular with cruisers like you
Double Testing Catches False Positives: Why You Shouldn't Panic Over COVID-19 Test Result News

(5:40 p.m. EDT) -- A dozen suspected cases of COVID-19 aboard TUI Cruises' Mein Schiff 6 have turned out to be false positives, following a second round of tests conducted in the Greek port of Piraeus.

It's the latest in a series of incidents on cruise ships that have drawn initial screaming headlines, with no real threat to passengers onboard. It also shows that the screening protocols that the lines are putting in place are working, while also underscoring the need for multiple or rapid response tests, particularly for crew members who are generally in closer quarters than passengers.

In this week's case on Mein Schiff 6, 12 crewmembers aboard the ship had tested positive for COVID-1

Just Back From the Bubble: Cruising In Maine, On the Only Ship Sailing in the U.S.

(6:15 p.m. EDT) -- Out on the deck of Stephen Taber, a 149-year-old schooner that is one of only two overnight passenger ships currently sailing in the United States, the wind picks up. I shiver, despite the numerous layers donned to protect against the chilly Maine night. The galley below deck, heated by a massive wood-burning stove, seems warm and inviting.

I begin the mental gymnastics that have become second nature during the pandemic, with conflicting feelings cartwheeling through my head. Everyone onboard, both crew and passengers, has been COVID tested (in some cases, twice, thanks to entrance requirements from both the state of Maine and Taber's

Carnival Cruise Line's Mardi Gras Sets Out on Sea Trials

(1:45 p.m. EDT) -- Carnival has sent its hotly-anticipated cruise ship Mardi Gras out on its first sea trials.

The trials, which test a ship's technical and marine handling capabilities, began today from the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland. They are expected to last for a period of 10 days,

Once completed, Mardi Gras will return to the shipyard for final fitting-out of the vessel's interior spaces before setting sail for the United States.

Carnival's Mardi Gras is the first Carnival vessel to be built on the Excellence platform that also includes P&O's new Iona and AIDA's AIDAnova. Mardi Gras will be the first Carnival ship of

CLIA Australasia Launches Advisory Group to Support Australian Return to Cruise

(10:30 a.m. EDT) -- CLIA Australasia has created a new Cruise Suppliers Advisory Group in response to Australia's current ban on cruises, which is scheduled to run through until at least December 17, 2020.

The Advisory Group will include representatives from Australia's transport companies, food and beverage providers, local farmers and wholesalers who provide provisions, services and goods for the Australian cruise industry.

The goal of the Advisory Group is to support a phased return to cruise operations in Australia. CLIA Australasia managing director Joel Katz had said the Advisory Group would meet regularly and would play a part in the

Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.