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I have one cruise booked with an "Adult Beverage Package" and another cruise booked with an "Ultimate Beverage Package". Anyone know if there is a difference between the two, if so what the difference is? I looked on NCL and could only find ultimate and soda packages.  I'm hoping the "adult" is not limited to alcohol. Thanks

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2 minutes ago, cathi007 said:

No, the Adult & Teen Soda Package is totally different.  Adult Beverage Package definitely includes alcohol and is the same as the Ultimate Beverage Package.

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1 minute ago, timf2001 said:

No, the Adult & Teen Soda Package is totally different.  Adult Beverage Package definitely includes alcohol and is the same as the Ultimate Beverage Package.

Weird I only see the Ultimate Beverage Package, never heard of the adult beverage package, is there a difference? On that link it doesn't list the ABP

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The Adult Beverage Package is what they give with Free at Sea.  The Ultimate Beverage Package is what they sell.  To confuse matters, sometimes the promo does show up as Ultimate Beverage Package, but regardless of what it says they are the same thing.

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5 hours ago, debnjoe1438 said:

I have one cruise booked with an "Adult Beverage Package" and another cruise booked with an "Ultimate Beverage Package". Anyone know if there is a difference between the two, if so what the difference is? I looked on NCL and could only find ultimate and soda packages.  I'm hoping the "adult" is not limited to alcohol. Thanks

With the alcohol package you get Beer, Wine, mixed drinks and soda.  No specialty coffees or bottled water is included.

Candi

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We just booked an NCL cruise today in UK and it says 2 x Adult Ultimate Beverage Packages on our confirmation - just to confuse things.:classic_unsure:

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16 minutes ago, SteveH2508 said:

We just booked an NCL cruise today in UK and it says 2 x Adult Ultimate Beverage Packages on our confirmation - just to confuse things.:classic_unsure:

 

 

When you choose the Beverage Package as one of your Free at Sea perks, it shows up on your Vacation Summary and all your confirmations as "Adult Beverage Package", but when you purchase it separately, it is called the "Ultimate Beverage Package" and is advertised as such on the NCL web site and in My NCL.

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3 minutes ago, JamieLogical said:

 

 

When you choose the Beverage Package as one of your Free at Sea perks, it shows up on your Vacation Summary and all your confirmations as "Adult Beverage Package", but when you purchase it separately, it is called the "Ultimate Beverage Package" and is advertised as such on the NCL web site and in My NCL.

We are from UK where the cruise is All Inclusive (booze, gratuities, internet etc.) It was not a Free at Sea perk as such. AI is the default now in UK (and EU I believe).

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Not for anything, but I only ask this because I know that mine does...

 

Is there some reason why the PCC or TA involved isn't answering this question or explaining the booking amenities? After all, this is what they are paid to do.

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Just now, SteveH2508 said:

We are from UK where the cruise is All Inclusive (booze, gratuities, internet etc.) It was not a Free at Sea perk as such. AI is the default now in UK (and EU I believe).

 

I assume it works the same way there then as well. Since the beverage package was included in your fare, it shows as "Adult Beverage Package" on all of your documents instead of the "Ultimate Beverage Package" which is the separately purchased package. In either case, they are exactly the same as far as what they entitle you to on board.

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1 hour ago, timf2001 said:

The Adult Beverage Package is what they give with Free at Sea.  The Ultimate Beverage Package is what they sell.  To confuse matters, sometimes the promo does show up as Ultimate Beverage Package, but regardless of what it says they are the same thing.

Ah thanks for that clarification I have the UBP, which I got because I am sailing with a group 🙂

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55 minutes ago, SteveH2508 said:

We are from UK where the cruise is All Inclusive (booze, gratuities, internet etc.) It was not a Free at Sea perk as such. AI is the default now in UK (and EU I believe).

and to confuse matters.... the AI has a little different T&Cs for the UBP portion ...... There is a misconception that unlimited specialty coffees and bottled water are included but ..... specialty coffees are ONLY available in the dining room at mealtime.  You cannot order them from the coffee bar, regular bar, poolside, entertainment venue, room service, etc.  Also, the bottled water is 1 per person per day delivered to your stateroom by your steward.... it is not available at bars, at dinner, poolside, etc.  Specialty coffees, as defined by NCL, are lattes, espressos, cappuccinos, etc

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11 minutes ago, esm54687 said:

and to confuse matters.... the AI has a little different T&Cs for the UBP portion ...... There is a misconception that unlimited specialty coffees and bottled water are included but ..... specialty coffees are ONLY available in the dining room at mealtime.  You cannot order them from the coffee bar, regular bar, poolside, entertainment venue, room service, etc.  Also, the bottled water is 1 per person per day delivered to your stateroom by your steward.... it is not available at bars, at dinner, poolside, etc.  Specialty coffees, as defined by NCL, are lattes, espressos, cappuccinos, etc

 

You can order regular coffee in the MDRs and "Irish coffee" at many of the bars as well.

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I understand the T&Cs are saying that I could get a proper espresso with breakfast in the MDR. We may have to re-think our breakfast options.

 

Glad to see that Glenmorangie is currently under the $15 limit - I know that there is 18 months to go before I cruise NCL again so lots of things can change in that time:classic_rolleyes:.

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26 minutes ago, JamieLogical said:

 

You can order regular coffee in the MDRs and "Irish coffee" at many of the bars as well.

What does this have to do with what I posted?

 

You can get standard regular coffee all over the ship (bars, buffet, casino, dining room, room service) and an Irish, Spanish, etc coffees are covered by all the UBP as they are not classified as "specialty coffee".   

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9 minutes ago, SteveH2508 said:

I understand the T&Cs are saying that I could get a proper espresso with breakfast in the MDR. We may have to re-think our breakfast options.

 

Glad to see that Glenmorangie is currently under the $15 limit - I know that there is 18 months to go before I cruise NCL again so lots of things can change in that time:classic_rolleyes:.

Yup.... if you have the UK AI then you may get an espresso (Specialty Coffee) in the dining room at mealtime 

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And then there is this OPEN BAR thing - WHY couldn't NCL use one common label for its services ?

 

Free at Sea

Adult Beverage Package

UK Al

Ultimate Beverage Package

Old School "Unlimited Beverage Package

Corks & Caps

Viva Vino

Soda Package

Water Packages

Etc. etc. etc.

Way too many levels of confusion

Only thing not with a price is SHIPS water

It is about as bad as a seltzer water fight between clowns

All that water at sea and not a drop fit to drink !!!

 

And it is about time that NCL included the specialty coffee with the Ultimate "BEVERAGE" package ?

Come on NCL give us a break specialty coffee costing more than tier -1- "well" alcoholic drinks !

 

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, don't-use-real-name said:

And then there is this OPEN BAR thing - WHY couldn't NCL use one common label for its services ?

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All that water at sea and not a drop fit to drink !!!

 

And it is about time that NCL included the specialty coffee with the Ultimate "BEVERAGE" package ?

Come on NCL give us a break specialty coffee costing more than tier -1- "well" alcoholic drinks !

 

 

Actually, the ship's water is quite good. I don't understand why anyone pays for the bottled water when all of the tap water on board goes through their desalination plant and revers osmosis filters.

 

As for the confusion over the many names for the drink packages and what is included in them, I actually think that is why they started calling it "Open Bar", because "Beverage" definitely implied other sorts of beverages. However, they have not been applying that terminology universally or consistently yet. Thus the confusion.

Edited by JamieLogical

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