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Old August 3rd, 2014, 06:26 PM
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Hi, just read Pauls article about NCL all inclusive. I may try this on my vacation next year; Although I am already booked; I may have my agent cancel and rebook; will take a look at the bottom line dollar figures first.
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The appeal to me would be having my onboard charges taken care of before the cruise - no unknown costs to surprise me at the end of the cruise when the dreaded copy of my folio gets slipped under the door. I really can't see how I'd spend a penny on my ship's account if I'm using the all-inclusive package. The only possibles would be a ship's t-shirt or other souvenir and I really don't need any more of them.

Actually I am considering booking another NCL cruise with this package and cancelling an existing booking with RCI for next year.
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I just can't see spending money on things I don't want just to get a "package". We will be several hundred dollars ahead to continue to go a la carte just as we do now.
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both good points; anyone else want to chime in?
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I just priced out a cruise for next May (using NCL's website) and compared it to what we spent this past April and it is about the same amount of money.

I like the idea of not getting sticker shock at the end of the cruise, so paying up front might be the way to go.
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I am still puzzled by the logic some people use when considering whether or not to buy this All Inclusive Package, or any of the other package deals such as the Ultimate Dining Package or the Ultimate Drinks Package. They would add $899 per person to the price of their cruise ( for the AI package ) just so that they will know in advance how much they will spend on the cruise?.

I can pretty much figure that out based on prior cruises, and it is nowhere near an extra $899 per person. An extra $400 or $500 total on the cruise bill at the end of the cruise is not going to break the bank, and even if we went really crazy and spent an extra $600 or $800 total it is still a long way from adding $1,800.

There is an article about this AI package in the Bloomberg Business Week which quotes Kevin Sheehan discussing the package. He states, "The people who take this program....are actually doing more than they probably otherwise would do, so you are getting more revenue." It is certainly a good deal for NCL, but I am not convinced it is a good value for most cruisers. I already am doing exactly what I want to do on a cruise, and I pretty much know what it will cost me, and is is sure not an extra $1,800. So you guys go ahead and spend the extra money, please, cause you are keeping my cruise fares low.
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So you guys go ahead and spend the extra money, please, cause you are keeping my cruise fares low.
I have the same thoughts walking through the casinos. I wouldn't be able to cruise for $40/night if people didn't gamble, drink like fishes, or spend 20k on penthouse suites. My room may be small but we are going to the same places
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Yesterday, I did a price comparison on what we would normally spend on the cruise and if the $899 would be of value or not.

Normally, we would have dinner in four specialty restaurants on a seven day cruise.

Do no ship's excursions.

Pay around $300 - $350 for drinks

Never drink the wine (especially if it's the same swill they give you when you are in a suite)

Buy zero or one photo.

Do pay the gratuities.

With what we spend on a seven day cruise, on NCL, $899 would cover both of us and it would not be worth it.

I love the idea of being all-inclusive but I think they should trim the "crap" out of it and just make it: Dining, beverage and gratuities. I don't know how much that would lower the price but it would fit in with us. Until then we'll just go "al a carte".

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$899 each is alot more then we have spent on board for any cruise. $200 each for shore excursions??? We normally get off the ship and hire a private tour company or a taxi so we don't spend that much. Don't need chocolate covered strawberries and we have never purchased more then 5 pictures for any one cruise. Also we might specialty dine 1 or 2 nights at the most on the ship.
Nope really not worth it for us.

If it was a dining package, drink package, spa treatments, gratuity package that didn't cost so much then I would be fine with it as it would be nice to not have a bill at the end of a cruise.
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Thank you everyone for the feedback. There are some good valid responses.
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$899 each is alot more then we have spent on board for any cruise. $200 each for shore excursions??? We normally get off the ship and hire a private tour company or a taxi so we don't spend that much. Don't need chocolate covered strawberries and we have never purchased more then 5 pictures for any one cruise. Also we might specialty dine 1 or 2 nights at the most on the ship.
Nope really not worth it for us.

If it was a dining package, drink package, spa treatments, gratuity package that didn't cost so much then I would be fine with it as it would be nice to not have a bill at the end of a cruise.
Last cruise I went on I spent over a thousand dollars onboard drinking so this is a great deal. You gotta understand, you're also paying for the comfort of not being nicked and dimmed to death lol
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Assuming half the cost is to cover drinks: I would have to check directly into AA after the cruise in order to make the cost worthwhile....

FYI: that's no longer "social" drinking... drinking like that meets the definition of alcoholism.
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Assuming half the cost is to cover drinks: I would have to check directly into AA after the cruise in order to make the cost worthwhile....

FYI: that's no longer "social" drinking... drinking like that meets the definition of alcoholism.
Totally off topic, but that video in your post is facinating, but horrifying! Do you know the story behind it? The guy in the wheelchair appears to be diving straight down an elevator shaft! Yikes! Did he think he was heading through an open door somehow, maybe because of the reflection? Is he OK? The doors did not seem to be secured at the bottom at all. Please tell, I have to know.
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Totally off topic, but that video in your post is facinating, but horrifying! Do you know the story behind it? The guy in the wheelchair appears to be diving straight down an elevator shaft! Yikes! Did he think he was heading through an open door somehow, maybe because of the reflection? Is he OK? The doors did not seem to be secured at the bottom at all. Please tell, I have to know.
I have been using a scooter while going through rehab for a leg injury for the last 3 years, and am finally ambulatory once again. I have had every mishap in the darn thing except what happened to our asian friend there, so it's a bit of a personal joke (I think I'm Kyle Perry sometimes so-) I've run over feet, gone out of control down a hill, banged into cars, walls, and doors, gone off a curb and flipped etc.... so it makes me smile to think I've done everything EXCEPT driven down an elevator shaft...

As for the guy in the animated gif, I have no info. Hope he's alright.
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I do hope you are on the mend and will be back to your normal self. Good luck with your recovery.
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I think that $899.00 is a little pricy! I realize that it does allow for meal upgrades and unlimited drinks, as well as $200.00 shore excursion credit (which you cannot book until you board), but I don't see that I would drink or eat enough to justify this! You get things like bottled water and chocolate dipped strawberries, but it still seems like a lot of unnecessary money that could be better spent elsewhere. If you're an extreme drinker and want to eat in the steak house every night - then this might be for you
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