Guide to Norwegian Cruise Line’s Free at Sea for 2023!

Before you book a Norwegian Cruise Line trip in 2023, you will want to know all about the Norwegian Cruise Line Free at Sea program. In this complete guide to NCL Free at Sea, we cover all of the details from the perks, to the inclusions of each perk, to how you can save the most money with this promotion.

0:00 Introduction
1:05 Free at Sea Promotion Details
4:03 Free Unlimited Open Bar Package
7:50 Premium Plus Beverage Package
8:48 Free Specialty Dining Package
11:51 Free Shore Excursions
13:14 Free WiFi
15:04 Free 3rd and 4th Guest
15:48 Free Airfare for 2nd Guest
16:53 Gratuities Not Included with Free at Sea
17:40 How Much Does Free at Sea Really Cost?
19:45 Picking Your Free at Sea Perks
22:35 What is Free at Sea Plus?
24:05 Upgrading to Free at Sea Plus

In this updated video, we take a look at all of the @norwegiancruiseline Free at Sea perks. We begin with the Free at Sea Drink Package, The Free at Sea Dining Package, and other benefits, like free WiFi and free shore excursions.

In this analysis of the Free at Sea on Norwegian Cruise Line, we also compare potential upgrade options as well to help you decide whether it is worth it for you to upgrade or not.

One potential upgrade option is the Premium Plus Beverage package. NCL allows guests to upgrade the Free Open Bar Package to this more inclusive drink package which includes Starbucks coffee. Thus, we analyze whether upgrading makes sense for you given the added costs and benefits.

Since our last video looking at the Norwegian Free at Sea promotion, the cruise line has rolled out the new Free at Sea Plus option. This additional upgrade includes the enhanced Premium Plus drink package, as well as additional specialty dining credits, better WiFi, and additional shore excursion credit. This new option might be worth it, especially if you were planning to upgrade to the better drink package anyway.


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If you are planning a cruise with Norwegian 
Cruise Line this video is for you as we have   A detailed and update look at the cruise 
Line's popular promotion free at Sea and   How to save you the most money when 
taking advantage of this offer up next Welcome aboard Cruisers I'm Don B from eat sleep 
Cruise where we help you plan the perfect Cruise   So you can see the world one port at a time now 
the wife and I are a huge Norwegian Cruise Line   Fans and we've sailed on several of the ship's 
Breakaway and Breakaway Plus Class ships so   We're very familiar with the Norwegians free Etsy 
promotion in fact we made a video a few years ago   Covering all the details about this program but 
the program has recently been changed quite a bit   Plus there's a brand new free 
at Sea plus promotional offer   So we've created this updated video giving you 
all the details about the new free at Sea and   Helping you decide if it's worth upgrading to 
the free at Sea plus promotion so let's Dive In   Now if you're completely new to Norwegian Cruise 
Line and not familiar with the free at Sea program   This promotion entitles guests to free perks 
like drink packages specialty dining Wi-Fi   Kids sale free and more the number of perks that 
Cruisers receive does vary based on the current   Sale and the statement category booked but usually 
guests can get up to five free perks with the sale   Occasionally there are up to six perks if 
airfare is part of the current promotion   For example ntl's free at Sea previously offered 
guests who booked a studio inside Ocean View   Balcony or Club balcony Suite rooms the ability 
to choose two free perks guess who bought Suites   In a Haven received all five free perks although 
recently yes booking most cabin categories can   Receive all five free perks now to us that's a 
really good deal when you opt for this package   It offers a more inclusive experience and guests 
will know the majority of their Cruise costs up   Front and not have to worry about the bill at 
the end of the cruise of course it's important   To read the fine print at the time of your 
booking as the terms of promotion can change   For instance some categories like a studio 
or an inside cabin may only qualify for one   Perk at certain times further make sure 
to read the fare that you're purchasing   As Norwegian Cruise Line usually offers sell away 
rates which are similar to a guaranteed cabin   These rates are often excluded from the free 
at Sea promotion all the perks include this   Offer have no monetary value thus if you opt 
to decline any of the entire perks which you   Can you'll not receive a refund nor can you 
get on board credit or gifted someone else   Further it can vary as how many guests and state 
we receive each perk for instance ncl38c provides   Drink packages to all guests but dining packages 
only to the first two guests on the reservation   This promotion can be combined with other offers 
being run by the cruise line like two for one   Deposits can also be combined with travel agent 
office like extra perks or onboard credit this is   One of the easiest ways to save money when booking 
a Norwegian Cruise Line Cruise you must like your  

Free at Sea choices at least 24 hours prior to 
sailing further it's important to know that both   The first and second guests in The State Room need 
to pick the same perks NCL is free at Sea only   Available on cruises that are three days or longer 
and not applicable to chartered dates government   Taxes or expenses and fees discretioning onboard 
service charges or gratuities are also additional   For those sailing in Alaska do know that this 
promotion is not applicable to the land portion   Of cruise tours so now that you have a general 
sense of what the Norwegian Cruise Line free at   Sea promotion looks like let's take a deeper 
look at the perks involved in the free at Sea   The most popular of the Norwegian free at Sea 
Parks is the unlimited open bar package for   Obvious reasons this perk entitles guests one 
through eight on the reservation a Norwegian   Cruise Line premium beverage package there is 
an additional 20 gratuity that's added to this   Free beverage package and the cruiser will be 
responsible for paying that 20 fee and the 20   Service charge is based on the retail value 
of the drink package if you have guests under   21 sailing with you those guests will get this 
soda package as a substitution only if they're   The first or second guess on the reservation 
however guests three through eight that are   Under 21 years old will not receive a solo 
package as a substitution essentially they   Don't get any drink package the retail value 
of the unlimited open bar package it's 109 per   Person per day whereas the retail value of the 
soda package is only 7.95 per person per day   Guests can upgrade from the open bar package which 
is a premium dream package to the premium plus   Drink package for 29 a person per day now later 
on we'll break down whether upgrading makes sense   For you based on what's included in bullet train 
packages and your own drinking habits now the NCL   Free drink package which is part of the free at 
Sea promotion includes the following beverages   Select premium cocktails and spirits that are 
under 15 dollars a variety of beer and wine by the   Glass which are also under fifteen dollars twenty 
percent off all bottles of champagne and bottles   Of wine and unlimited soft drinks and juices this 
free drink package is good at all bars lounges   Restaurants and the private island of Great 
Stirrup key although it does not work An Origin   Cruise Line's Private Island Harvest key Belize 
on any beverage items that are over 15 per serving   Guests will receive a 15 discount and then you 
need to pay the difference plus the 20 gratuity   Guests are entitled to two beverages 
per person per transaction the premium   Beverage package does not include room service 
or ship specific promotions or buckets of beer   The package also doesn't include designated super 
premium brands bottle wine or liquor or mini bar   Purchases now if you want to know what brands are 
actually included you can check in the description   As we have a link to ncl's website where they list 
all of the included brands the drink package does   Not include any wine or Spirit experiences on the 
ships tastings or flights and for us unfortunately   It doesn't include Starbucks the ice bars and 
wine stations found on some and sale ships  

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Unlike most other Cruise Lines premium 
non-alcoholic drinks are not part of this free   At Sea drink package so guests will need to pay 
extra for items like bottled water fresh squeezed   Juices specialty coffee and energy drinks however 
guests do get that 20 discount on such things as   Bottles of wine wine and spirit experiences and 
tastings or flights purchase on board the ship   The Hawaii beverage package is applicable to Pride 
of America sailings only for guests one through   Eight on the reservation this package includes 
a variety of beverages up to Fifteen dollars   It also includes fountain soda freshly squeezed 
juice bottled water flat sparkling non-alcoholic   Beer and Specialty coffees but in the dining 
room the package does not include specialty   Coffees outside the restaurant room service mini 
bar purchases or vending machines the retail value   Of the Hawaii beverage package is 109 per person 
per day and like the traditional free at open   Bar perk guest sailing in Hawaii you need to pay 
the 20 gratuity on this free perk now if you're   Thinking about upgrading to the premium plus 
beverage package you can enjoy all the previous   Inclusions plus a variety of upgraded beverages 
the premium plus beverage package includes all top   Shelf cocktails and Spirits all beer champagne 
and wine buy the glass select premium bottles   Of champagne and wine with dinner and then 40 off 
all other bottles unlimited soft drinks and juices   Unlimited still and sparkling bottled water in all 
Starbucks coffees and Specialty drinks Norwegian   Cruise Line is known for its freestyle approach 
to dining this means no set dinner times no table   Arrangements or main dining rooms Instead The 
Cruise Line offers a variety of dining options   While there are several complimentary options many 
of the dining venues do charge an additional fee   Luckily there's a Norwegian Cruise Line 
specialty dining package this package   Entitles users to dinette many of the four fee 
restaurants on any NCL ship for one set price   More importantly this specialty dining package is 
commonly one of the ncl's free at Sea perks the   Specialty dining package perk is only applicable 
to the first two guests on the reservation   At the cruise line signature Cagney Steakhouse 
in La Bistro you can order as many starters sides   And desserts as you want however you can only 
order one entree you'll need to pay all our car   Pricing for any additional entrees a specialty 
dining package for meals in food Republic the   Tapas bar and wasabi include four menu items per 
person room service Starbucks a bake shop Cocos   Dolce Gelato the jazz brunch or wine lovers and 
murder mystery lunch are not part of the specialty   Dining package beverages are also not included 
additionally Cruisers can use a specially dining   Meal credit for entertainment-based restaurants 
for an additional surcharge like the shark dreams   However if you wish to use a meal credit you'll 
need to wait until you're on board the ship   To actually book of course even if you receive the 
package as part of the free at Sea promotion you   Can always purchase an additional special dining 
package for extra meals prior to your sale date   You may receive promotional offers to upgrade 
your dining package with additional meals at a  

Discounted price in early 2022 the perk had been 
updated or actually should I say rather downgraded   Now the number of meals is based on the length of 
the cruise and The State Room category you booked   Previously all guests used to receive one 
free meal for cruises that were three to   Five nights long and two free meals were 
cruises that were six to eight nights long   Cruises that were nine to ten days long qualify 
for three free meals I'm sure you're starting to   See the pattern here with cruises that were 11 to 
14 days long being four meals and cruises 15 days   Long or longer getting five free meals now all 
guests receive the following cruises from three   To six nights get one free meal regardless of the 
cabin category on cruises that are 7 to 11 nights   Crews are staying in balcony or above will 
receive two free meals but Cruisers who only stay   In a studio inside our ocean on cruises that are 
seven to eleven nights long will receive one free   Meal likewise on cruises that are 12 nights or 
longer guests staying in a balcony or above will   Get three meals while guest staying in studios 
insights or ocean views will only get two meals   Similar to the quote unquote free drink package 
all guests must pay the 20 gratuity on the retail   Value of the specialty dining package prior 
to their Cruise Cruisers can use the specially   Dining package at most specialty venues these 
include the American diner cagneys food Republic Honda by Scarpetta La Bistro Los Lobos mardano 
ocean blue cute Texas Smokehouse and Teppanyaki   Plus several others another common perk of 
norwegian's free Etsy promotion is free shore   Excursions if you're new to cruising you may not 
know the linga but the term Shore Excursion can   Refer to any number of different activities 
that occur at each Port of Call pretty sure   Excursions occur authorship and are completed 
during the hours you are docked at the port   Shark surgeons give Cruisers the opportunity 
to maximize their time ashore while eliminating   Some of the legwork of planning or just 
winging it and doing your own thing these   Tours are usually designed to highlight the 
best attractions that the area has to offer   NCL is free at Sea free short versions Alpha is 
the first guess only on the reservation for a   Credit of 50 per report guests can use this 
credit to purchase any tour offered by the   Cruise line if the tour is less than 50 there 
is no refund the tour is more than 50 which   Honestly it most likely will be the guests 
will be responsible to pay the difference   Latitude member discounts are combined with this 
perk though the 50 Shore Excursion credit does   Not apply to equipment rentals and great syrup key 
or harvest key the cruise Line's private islands   Pre-crews and post Cruise land tours are not 
eligible for this promotion either obviously   The retail value of this perk will be based on 
the number of ports of calls scheduled for your   Itinerary but if you're taking a seven-day Cruise 
you're probably gonna visit three to four ports so   It'll be around 150 to 200 dollars another one 
of norwegian's free at Sea perks is free Wi-Fi   Although this perk also changed in early 2022 
similar to the specialty dining package this  

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Perk is based on the length of your cruise while 
Norwegian cruise line does offer an unlimited   Internet package guests only receive a certain 
number of minutes with the free at Sea promotion   Guests receive 75 minutes per person for a three 
to six day cruise 150 minutes per person for a 7   To 11 day cruise and then 300 minutes per person 
for cruises at a 12 days or longer although these   Minutes are per person and not per stateroom which 
is an improvement from the past bookings will   Receive two logins per stateroom of no internet 
packages are not available on graystrip key or   Harvest key further these minutes can only be used 
on one device at a time it is important to know   That while cruise ship internet is getting faster 
it may never be as reliable as your internet back   Home cruise ship internet depends on satellite 
connections and geographical location the ship's   Distance offshore as well as interference from 
Landscapes and weather can all cause available   Cruise ship internet speeds now based on our 
experience you should be able to use these minutes   For basic tasks like checking email and posting 
on social media however you shouldn't plan on   Using these minutes for streaming purposes like 
the previous perks you can always upgrade your   Wi-Fi package Cruisers often receive promotions 
to upgrade the discount rate prior to the cruise   Enterprise with the unlimited Wi-Fi 
package is 25.50 for one device   If you want to stream the unlimited Wi-Fi with 
streaming package starts at 34.99 for one device   There are also two device and four device 
packages available at reduced rates   Often Norwegian Cruise Lines free at Sea includes 
free third and fourth guests in The State Room   Motion is also sometimes called kids sale 
free and as a name implies this offer is   Valid for guests three and four sharing 
a stateroom with the first two guests   Paying a full Cruise fare this offer is 
only applicable on select sailings thus   Popular times of year like school breaks and 
holidays are usually not part of the promotion   If there are guests five through eight in a 
reservation those guests will pay prevailing fares   Now keep in mind while the cruise fares might be 
free with this promotion guess we'll need to pay   The taxes and related port fees for guests three 
and four when taking advantage of this promotion Times Norwegian Cruise Line even offers 
free airfare for the second guess   Now this offer is only valid on seven plus 
night sailings with this perk the second   Guess on the reservation flies for free 
when buying airfare for the First cast   The offer is not applicable to guests three 
through eight on a reservation generally   Guests must make the reservation more than 75 days 
prior to sailing to qualify further this air offer   Applies to economy round-trip flights from select 
departure gateways only guests traveling solo will   Receive 50 off Norwegian Cruise Line's promotional 
airfare pricing each way Airline impose personal   Charges such as baggage fees are not included 
and are paid directly to the airline now with   This perk there's a number of additional terms 
and conditions but don't worry in the description  

Down below we have a link to our complete guide to 
Norwegian Cruise Lines create sea back on the blog   Where we detail all the additional things you need 
to know about the free airfare for a second guess   Now unlike some Cruise Lines who offer all 
included or have it all packages norwegian's   Free at Sea does not include gratuities and 
Norwegian Cruise Line has some of the highest   Gratuities in the industry currently NCL rates 
for gratuities are 25 per person per day for   Guests staying in the Haven and Suites and twenty 
dollars per person per day all other state rooms   Club balconies Suites and Below now if you booked 
your cruise before January 1st of 2023 and prepay   Your gratuities before the sale date you can get 
them at a reduced rate that reduce rate includes   20 per person per day for the Haven and Suites 
18 per person per day for Club balcony Suites   And 16 per person per day for all other stateroom 
types now of course throughout this video we've   Mentioned several times that Cruisers need to pay 
the gratuity on top of some of these free perks   Which really means some of these perks are not 
truly free While others are for instance the free   Open bar you need to pay that 20 surcharge so for 
a typical seven day cruise each guest will need   To pay 152.60 for the premium beverage package the 
soil package would have a week-long price of 11.13   This gratuities add to the total cost of 
the cruise fare at the time of booking   Well for us this is still a great value it's 
still a considerable amount to pay for a free perk   Thus you can choose to opt out of the drink 
package if you're offered all five perks if   Offered only two perks you can choose two 
Alternatives instead this is especially   Applicable to guess if you do not drink alcoholic 
beverages further if you enjoy specialty coffee   Or want bottled water you'll have to pay extra 
to upgrade to the premium plus beverage package   Likewise guests need to pay gratuity 
on the specialty dining package as well   Recruiters staying in a balcony or above and 
getting those two free meals on a seven night   Cruise that gratuity is 17.80 per package this 
of course does not include any additional tips   That you would like to provide to your await staff 
likewise in terms of the free Shore Excursion 50   Credit per stateroom will not cover much so you'll 
likely need to pay extra to cover the cost of   Short excursions of course if you plan on booking 
short excursions anyway this is essentially free   Money although if you're booking them just to 
utilize the credit it will likely cost you extra   When taking advantage of friends and 
family sell free perk you will still   Need to pay the government fees taxes and 
Port expenses for all the sale-free guests   These fees vary based on the itinerary but will 
likely cost you 200 plus dollars each guest   Another thing to consider is that cheaper room 
categories often qualify for Less perks but they   Are cheaper if you're paying more money for a 
higher room category just to score the free perks   You'll need to determine if it's worth it for you 
to upgrade of course one of the most frequently   Asked questions we get is which ncl's free at 
Sea Park should I pick now recently Norwegian  

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Cruise Line has been offering all four or all five 
free perks as a promotion since the cruise restart   But historically that has not been the case so if 
the current promotion is only offering a few perks   You'll need to decide which ones to choose now 
before you do so let's review the retail values   Of each perk based on a typical seven day cruise 
the open bar has a retail value of 763 dollars per   Person this is before the 20 gratuity likewise 
a specialty dinner for two individuals again in   A balcony or above as a retail value of 89 per 
person the shore excursions credit as a retail   Value of fifty dollars per person per Port again 
around 150 to 200 for a typical seven night cruise   And though 150 minutes with two logins per 
stateroom has a retail value of 125 dollars so   Base solely on the retail value choosing the free 
open bar is a no-brainer for most it will save you   The most money on your cruise but again only if 
you drink alcoholic beverages now you don't have   To drink 763 dollars worth to make this package 
worth it for you because remember you are paying   The gratuities thus if you don't think you'll 
drink at least a hundred and fifty dollars of   Alcohol over the week which is approximately two 
to three drinks a day then you probably shouldn't   Opt for this perk or again if you're given all 
the perks you can just decline it and then pay   All a car for your drinks once on board if you're 
sailing with a family the third and fourth guests   Sale free isn't another obvious choice this perk 
will easily save you hundreds of dollars as well   The other three perks are much closer in value 
so it really comes down to your preferences   We usually opt for the specialty dining as 
we really do enjoy NCL specialty restaurants   But honestly the internet is rather slow 
especially when compared to other major   Cruise Lines so we'll likely eat 
up those minutes pretty quickly   If you do want or need internet during your cruise 
we just recommend purchasing an unlimited package   If you plan on booking short excursions in 
multiple ports this perk might be a good value   Although if you're like us and you plan to stay 
on the ship at some ports or have a lot of sea   Days in your itinerary this might not be the best 
option to choose also remember you don't need to   Book your short excursions through the cruise line 
you could wander the port on your own or purchase   Cheaper and often more authentic experiences 
through local tour providers or other third-party   Retailers if given two free perks we always pick 
the drink package and the specialty dining package   But of course if you time things right with 
a promotion that offers all of the perks for   A balcony stateroom that's an even better deal 
now this year Norwegian Cruise Line rolled out   Its free at Sea plus program this package is an 
upgrade from the promotional free at Sea package   Guests can upgrade their free perks for 
more premium level or 49 per person per day   This new free at C plus package includes the 
premium plus beverage package for guests one   And two additional specialty dining meals 
for guests one and two an additional 50   Shore excursions credit for the second guess on 
the booking and the unlimited Wi-Fi package for  

Guest one and two but the typical unlimited 
Wi-Fi not the streaming package unfortunately   If the second guess on the reservation is a child 
or your cruising solo again we'll refer you to our   Blog post which has more details about how the 
free at C plus package works in those instances   If the second guess is under 21 the upgrade is 
cheaper at 29 per person per day it's also cheaper   For solo travelers to upgrade at forty two dollars 
per person per day further if you want streaming   Wi-Fi you can upgrade the free Etsy plus Wi-Fi 
streaming for ten dollars per person per day   Like the typical frequency promotion 
there are some terms and conditions   Packages only available on sailings that are three 
nights or longer and it is applicable Fleet wide   Except on those pride of America sailings so with 
this new perk it comes down to whether it's worth   It or not to upgrade should you upgrade from that 
air fringers quote free frequency promotion to the   New free at Sea plus package once again though 
this is an individual decision basically you'll   Need to decide whether you would spend more 
than 49 per person per day on these extra perks   So if we're starting just with that additional 
Shore Excursion credit you know it'll be worth   About fifty dollars only for Port days so again 
additional 150 to 200 depending on your itinerary   When looking at the two additional specialty 
dinners alone it wouldn't be worth upgrading   Either that package is worth 99 because again 
it actually includes the 20 gratuity Which is   Less than fifteen dollars per person per day 
not to mention you can often score a dining   Package upgrade on the free at Sea promotion at 
a discount rate in terms of Wi-Fi the unlimited   Wi-Fi and the free at Sea plus program is 25.50 
per day to purchase if you just want to upgrade   To the premium plus beverage package that will 
only cost you an additional 29 per person per day   So generally speaking if you plan to upgrade the 
drink package and will utilize at least one other   Perk then the free at C plus is probably worth 
it for you if you're interested in two perks   But one of them is not the drink package 
honestly it's probably not worth upgrading   Likewise if you're only really interested in one 
perk then you should just pay for that perk out   Of pocket and save yourself some money for us we 
enjoy the added benefits of the premium plus drink   Package like Starbucks and bottled water we also 
enjoy the NCL especially restaurants and we would   Probably upgrade our Wi-Fi package anyway thus 
the free at C plus makes complete sense for us and   Would help us save money on our Norwegian Cruise 
Line Cruise and now that you know everything about   Norwegian Cruise Lines free at Sea and the free 
at Sea plus program it's time to start planning   If you're not sure which Norwegian Cruise Line 
should choose we highly suggest you check out   Our review for no gym Cruise Line's newest Ship 
Norwegian Prima in that review we cover everything   From the dining to the entertainment onboard 
activities staterooms and more we cover every   Square inch of Norwegian Prima to help you decide 
if that ship's right for your next Cruise vacation