NCL's Free At Sea

Anything about any other cruise line and/or ship
User avatar

Topic author
Gill W
Senior First Officer
Senior First Officer
Posts: 2729
Joined: January 2013
Location: Kent

NCL's Free At Sea

Post by Gill W » 02 Apr 2019, 16:21

I saw this whilst browsing Twitter today

https://www.ncl.com/uk/en/free-at-sea-uk

You pay £99 extra and you can pick two upgrades, choosing from Drinks Package, Specialty Dining Package, Shore Excursion Credit, Free Wi-fi or Friends and Family sail at a reduced rate.

I understand that the £99 applies to cruises of 7 to 9 nights, so it would be more expensive on a longer cruise, but this seems like a good idea at a reasonable cost. You could pick the things that are most valuable to the individual - I'd probably go with the drinks package and the dining package.

I don't particularly fancy NCL, but if I saw something similar on P&O, Fred or CMV, I'd go for it. (although, knowing P&O, it'd be a ridiculous price)
Gill

User avatar

Stephen
Deputy Captain
Deputy Captain
Posts: 9660
Joined: January 2013
Location: Down Souf. The civilised end of the country :)

Re: NCL's Free At Sea

Post by Stephen » 02 Apr 2019, 16:53

Drinks package would be one choice, not sure about the second. I think it would be between free WiFi and speciality dining.

User avatar

GillD46
Senior First Officer
Senior First Officer
Posts: 2975
Joined: January 2013
Location: Gower Peninsula, South Wales

Re: NCL's Free At Sea

Post by GillD46 » 02 Apr 2019, 18:33

I’m guessing most would opt for a drinks package. For me it would depend on what was included. I drink very little anyway, usually only one drink a day, but it can be an expensive one. I’d probably go with wifi.
Gill

User avatar

barney
Senior First Officer
Senior First Officer
Posts: 2777
Joined: March 2013
Location: Instow Devon

Re: NCL's Free At Sea

Post by barney » 02 Apr 2019, 20:11

I'd defo have the drink and food. I spend much of my cruise time starving :lol: :lol: ironically the WiFi has no interest at all. I never even check my phone when on holiday.
Last edited by barney on 02 Apr 2019, 20:12, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar

david63
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 5760
Joined: January 2012
Location: Lancashire

Re: NCL's Free At Sea

Post by david63 » 02 Apr 2019, 21:57

I think that if I was to avail myself of the offer I would be looking at what each "package" contains, how much I would use it and what it would cost to but. After that I would then be able to make an informed decision.

I always feel with this type of "offer" that somewhere there is a catch and all is not what it seems - but I may well be wrong.

Is the cost per person or per cabin?

User avatar

Topic author
Gill W
Senior First Officer
Senior First Officer
Posts: 2729
Joined: January 2013
Location: Kent

Re: NCL's Free At Sea

Post by Gill W » 02 Apr 2019, 21:59

it says £99 per booking, so I’d read that as per cabin, but wouldn’t swear to it
Gill

User avatar

towny44
Senior First Officer
Senior First Officer
Posts: 4498
Joined: January 2013
Location: Huddersfield

Re: NCL's Free At Sea

Post by towny44 » 02 Apr 2019, 22:57

I'll bet the base fare has been walloped up to cover the cost of these extras.
John

Trainee Pensioner since 2000

User avatar

Stephen
Deputy Captain
Deputy Captain
Posts: 9660
Joined: January 2013
Location: Down Souf. The civilised end of the country :)

Re: NCL's Free At Sea

Post by Stephen » 03 Apr 2019, 07:14

david63 wrote:
02 Apr 2019, 21:57
I think that if I was to avail myself of the offer I would be looking at what each "package" contains, how much I would use it and what it would cost to but. After that I would then be able to make an informed decision.

I always feel with this type of "offer" that somewhere there is a catch and all is not what it seems - but I may well be wrong.

Is the cost per person or per cabin?

Info taken from the link Gill provided David under 'Frequently Asked Questions'.

Guests sharing a cabin will receive the same offer(s). Note: Free speciality Dining Package and Free Beverage Package are applicable to Guests 1 and 2 on the reservation. Free Extra Guests, Shore Excursion Credits and WIFI package are applied per stateroom.
Last edited by Stephen on 03 Apr 2019, 07:17, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar

Mervyn and Trish
Deputy Captain
Deputy Captain
Posts: 9516
Joined: February 2013

Re: NCL's Free At Sea

Post by Mervyn and Trish » 03 Apr 2019, 15:50

I really don't fancy NCL but if that is the price for the cruise it really is a bargain compared to other lines. It does say in the headline it's per person but even we could drink that much without trying and then lob in one of the other offers too. But as Towny says it's probably all in the base price.
Last edited by Mervyn and Trish on 03 Apr 2019, 15:52, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar

Mervyn and Trish
Deputy Captain
Deputy Captain
Posts: 9516
Joined: February 2013

Re: NCL's Free At Sea

Post by Mervyn and Trish » 03 Apr 2019, 15:57

Just to add to above - actually just compared their base price with P&O for similar cabin on a 14 night Baltic cruise and it's not a lot different

User avatar

Manoverboard
Deputy Captain
Deputy Captain
Posts: 7319
Joined: January 2013
Location: Dorset

Re: NCL's Free At Sea

Post by Manoverboard » 04 Apr 2019, 09:06

barney wrote:
02 Apr 2019, 20:11
I'd defo have the drink and food ….. ironically the WiFi has no interest at all. I never even check my phone when on holiday.
I agree with all of that :thumbup:

We have chums who have cruised regularly with NCL, no problem for them but they are not interested in formality.

User avatar

Mervyn and Trish
Deputy Captain
Deputy Captain
Posts: 9516
Joined: February 2013

Re: NCL's Free At Sea

Post by Mervyn and Trish » 04 Apr 2019, 17:39

Manoverboard wrote:
04 Apr 2019, 09:06
barney wrote:
02 Apr 2019, 20:11
I'd defo have the drink and food ….. ironically the WiFi has no interest at all. I never even check my phone when on holiday.
I agree with all of that :thumbup:

We have chums who have cruised regularly with NCL, no problem for them but they are not interested in formality.
Which is why we wouldn't like it. We do like getting the penguin suit and posh frocks out. But each to his own and vive la difference.

User avatar

Stephen
Deputy Captain
Deputy Captain
Posts: 9660
Joined: January 2013
Location: Down Souf. The civilised end of the country :)

Re: NCL's Free At Sea

Post by Stephen » 04 Apr 2019, 18:11

Mervyn and Trish wrote:
04 Apr 2019, 17:39
Manoverboard wrote:
04 Apr 2019, 09:06
barney wrote:
02 Apr 2019, 20:11
I'd defo have the drink and food ….. ironically the WiFi has no interest at all. I never even check my phone when on holiday.
I agree with all of that :thumbup:

We have chums who have cruised regularly with NCL, no problem for them but they are not interested in formality.
Which is why we wouldn't like it. We do like getting the penguin suit and posh frocks out. But each to his own and vive la difference.

So do we, but they did push it a bit on our last 12 nighter with three formal nights with just two or three nights between the last two.
Last edited by Stephen on 04 Apr 2019, 18:13, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar

Manoverboard
Deputy Captain
Deputy Captain
Posts: 7319
Joined: January 2013
Location: Dorset

Re: NCL's Free At Sea

Post by Manoverboard » 05 Apr 2019, 09:13

We booked every single one of our cruises because of the destination on offer rather than the dress code.

Going smart / elegant casual made a pleasant change … or so we thought.

Return to “Any Other Cruise Line/Ship”