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LisaP 11-11-2009 09:06 PM

A question was posed in one of our other forums about NCL soda packages, so I'll respond to it here so that it's more visible. Everyone, please feel free to add to this, as it's almost two years since my last NCL cruise (but only 5 months until the next, but I digress).

NCL offers two soda packages, one for pax age 12 or younger, and another for pax age 13 or older. The difference is the price. The one for the younger group is $4.00 per day, the one for the older group is $6.25 per day. Note that this is not paid by the day, but rather by the cruise. For example, the soda program for a 7-night cruise for a child would be $28. A 15% gratuity is tacked onto that. You can purchase it in advance as a Bon Voyage gift to yourself, or you may purchase it soon after you board the ship.

Soda includes certain Pepsi items and club soda. Details may be found on NCL's Web site -- click here.

I've never used the soda program, but I have seen it used by other pax. This might have changed as it was a couple of years ago, but they had a card they presented to the bartender or waiter. Soda came in a glass (although I see that NCL now includes a thermal mug). The advantage of the program is that you won't have to sign a slip each time. But, do determine in advance if the cost is worth it. I have a couple of club sodas a day, so it wasn't worth it to me. (I don't recall the exact cost per can without the program, but I believe it was $1.50-$2.00.)

Any questions, ask away!

truquera 11-11-2009 11:01 PM

Thanks for your reply. I saw the link you sent about cruise gifts, and I find it really helpful.

NCL*bad 11-21-2009 10:29 PM

Went on the Star last month, my daughter who is 6 - the wanted $50 for the week. A joke, just like NCL.

penny3333 11-23-2009 09:33 AM

That's the $6.25/per day + 15% gratuity rate. They must have gotten it wrong. However, no one forces you to purchae the soda package. If your daughter doesn't drink that much soda, it doesn't make sense to purchase the plan.

Dave 11-23-2009 09:47 AM

I just looked and the NCL soda package for kids 12 and under is $4 per day plus the 15%. The price for those older (including adults) is $6.25. I think this may have been a single employee who was either new or didn't communicate well. As I noted earlier, another passenger on that cruise had the same problem. I'll bet both encountered the same employee.

Andrei 11-25-2009 04:30 AM

Hi everyone!

I just want to know if I take the soda package for my daughter can my husband and me share with her.....I know it's not suposse to be like that but is it possible? I don't think the crew is checking on you, right? I also think that it's too expensive to buy three soda packages.

LisaP 11-25-2009 05:01 AM

Welcome to cruise-chat, Andrei.

No, the price of the soda package is per person. It's also the policy of cruise-chat to not provide ways to circumvent shipboard policy, so we will leave it at that.

I agree that the packages are expensive. One has to really drink a lot of soda to make it worthwhile. There's no need to buy any package - just buy soda in individual glasses or cans. I've always done it that way.

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