A Short Guide about Norwegian Cruise Line All-Inclusive

A large cruise ship, the Norwegian Gem, docked in a harbor on a cloudy day.

Suppose you’re a cruiser who is seeking an all-inclusive experience. In that case, it can be challenging at times to figure out what comes with cruise fare and what is extra because nobody likes to begin their vacation by being hit with a bunch of additional fees.

Are you wondering about the Norwegian cruise line’s all-inclusive plan? For the most part, it is similar to other cruise lines. There are, however, some extra fees for dining venues and certain beverages and activities. Here are the things that are included with a Norwegian cruise fare.

Norwegian Cruise Line All-Inclusive: What’s Included & What’s Extra?

1. Food

Norwegian Cruise Line offers several complimentary food venues, such as,

  • 24-hour options such as O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, an Irish-style pub.
  • Buffets.
  • Coffee, teas, and pastries at selected cafés.
  • During the day, enjoy the Main Pool Bar & Grill for quick bites and grill favorites.
  • Main dining rooms with daily rotating menus and a range of cuisines.
  • Norwegian signature Freestyle dining allows for flexible dining times.
  • Shanghai’s Noodle Bar.

2. Beverages

Guests can enjoy the following free drinks such as,

3. Iced tea

  • Selected juices during breakfast only
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Water

4. Entertainment

There are several entertainment options which are all-inclusive with your base fare, such as

  • Comedy club
  • Footloose
  • Games
  • Jersey Boys
  • Kinky Boots
  • Live music
  • Live shows
  • Night clubs
  • Other Tony award-winning musicals
  • Theme parties
  • Trivia
  • Variety shows

5. Activities

There are plenty of amenities and activities for cruisers, and below are the things that will keep you busy, which are included in their base fare. Norwegian is known for its rich activities.

  • Basketball
  • Fitness center
  • Jogging track
  • Mini Golf
  • Pools and hot tubs
  • Ropes course
  • Sports Complex
  • Table tennis
  • Waterpark with slides

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6. Kids Program

There are many activities for kids of all ages, and Norwegian offers many complimentary options.

  • Splash Academy – Cruise Line’s complimentary age-based kid’s program.
  • Guppies – For ages six months to 3 years, where kids enjoy sensory play, music, and activities focused on movement and colors. Parents must accompany their children.
  • Turtles — For ages 3-5, this is a place where kids enjoy arts and crafts, circus school, storytelling, parades, developmental activities, and treasure hunts.
  • Seals — For ages 6-8, this is a place where kids can enjoy circus skills, theme nights, sports, games, parades, treasure hunts, rope spinning, and video games.
  • Dolphins — For ages 10-12, dolphins have more advanced circus skills like ball juggling, devil sticks, and stilts. You can also participate in scavenger hunts, sports, team-building activities, video games, and themed nights like Survivor and Spy.
  • Entourage is a dedicated place for teens to hang out. There, teens can play video games, watch movies, and enjoy arts, music, and sports with people their age.

7. Access to Private Island

Norwegian offers the opportunity to visit their private islands in the Caribbean with selective activities for free.

8. Harvest Caye

This private island is off the southern coast of Belize. It is the Norwegians’ private island retreat surrounded by the lush greenery of a 75-acre oasis in Central America. There is a 15,000-square-foot pool with a swim-up bar and a waterfall. However, the beverage package that you purchased onboard will not work on the island. You can take a cruise to Western Caribbean sailings.

9. Great Stirrup Cay

This island is in the Berry Islands, the northernmost island in the Bahamas. It is a 268-acre island oasis with a lush paradise. Guests can enjoy its vast beaches, which are great for snorkeling and other water sports. There are good complimentary options onshore, including the Jumbey Beach Grill for some BBQ favorites, etc. Also, unlike Harvest Caye, the Norwegian drink package does work on Great Stirrup Cay.


This program adds several perks to your cruise fare. Eligible cruises are listed on the website. Some of the perks being offered are:

  • Free specialty dining.
  • Free open bar, including spirits, cocktails, wines, soda, draft beer, and juice.
  • Receive a USD 50 shore excursion credit per tour.
  • 3rd and 4th guests for $99.
  • 2-for-1 deposits.
  • 35% off cruise fare.

Related: How Much Is a Norwegian Cruise?

What’s Not Included with the Cruise Fare?

There are several things you can purchase apart from the things listed above. Cruisers will pay extra for:

  • Specialty restaurants
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Babysitting
  • Beverages – soda and bottled water
  • Excursions in ports (except select activities on private islands)
  • Gratuities and tips
  • Internet/Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Medical services
  • Onboard activities such as go-karts, interactive mini-golf, and virtual arcade
  • Photos
  • Spa and wellness treatment
  • Specialty coffees and teas


Whether you choose to pay for any extras or not, you will surely enjoy your Norwegian Cruise Line all-inclusive vacation!

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