Free Soda on a Cruise?

Most people know a cruise is far from All Inclusive. Even though your meals and even most of the entertainment is included, there’s now more “opportunities” to spend money aboard: specialty restaurants, specialty coffee, gambling, spinning, ice cream, and of course, drinks.

One item that hits families especially hard sometimes is sodas. This sometimes surprises first time cruises, who expect alcoholic drinks not to be included, but don’t know they’ll have to charge their Cokes to the onboard account. Most cruise lines offer All You Can Drink Soda Cards on the first day of the cruise. For a fee that starts at about $30 for a 7-day cruise, you get a special cup and a sticker on your cruise card that allows you to get unlimited sodas at any of the restaurants or bars aboard the ship.

Now USA Today is reporting that Norwegian Cruise Lines has teamed with Pepsi to offer free sodas aboard NCL cruises booked before October 15th, and sailing through 2010. The promotion applies to sailings 7-days or longer for up to 2 people per cabin.

Norwegian Gem

Norwegian Gem

What’s the catch? This is a promotional rate, not a product, so it has to be booked when you reserve the cruise, not when you board the ship. It’s not combinable with other special rates, so don’t assume you’re getting the best deal. Other rates may be low enough that it’s not worth it to get the free Pepsi. Also, since the promotion is limited to 2 people per cabin, families with children sailing in triple or quad cabins may not get the full advantage of the promotion.

If you’d like to take advantage of Norwegian’s offer, such as this Transatlantic cruise, this 14-day Southern Caribbean cruise, which visits ports you usually don’t get to from Miami, or this extended Mexican Riviera cruise, please let us know. We’ll look for the best option and let you know what your best bet is.


Enrique Brener
KC Travel
N. Miami Beach, FL
FL Seller of Travel Reg. TI-35171


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