Forget unlimited soda and water. What most cruisers want is access to unlimited alcohol for one set price, and cruise lines are responding to the demand with new alcohol-included, all-inclusive beverage packages. Carnival began trialing its beverage package back in August, and now Norwegian Cruise Line, formerly known as NCL, also is testing the concept.

Cruise Critic first heard of the test program from member SuiteCruisin14, who asked for information about it November 10. In an e-mail to Cruise Critic, a Norwegian spokesman confirmed the line is testing an alcohol-inclusive drink package on select ships for $49 per person, per day.

"The program has just started its trial," she said, adding several ships are testing it at different times. Further details are not yet available.

Other Cruise Critic members were quick to offer details, however.

Rochesterboatingdotcom wrote, "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."

And kalypso333 added that, also on Norwegian Sun, the package covered any drink under $10.

MSC also recently rolled out an alcohol-inclusive beverage package; other cruise lines that offer similar packages are Celebrity and Oceania.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor