Norwegian Cruise Line to offer all-inclusive package

Norwegian Cruise Line on Wednesday announced it would sell all-inclusive packages for 2015 sailings starting on Monday.

The packages are in addition to the cruise fare — and in many cases, may cost more than the fare itself.

For a seven-day cruise, the package would cost $899 per person and include a 10 percent discount on the fare; a dining package with free access to a specialty restaurant every night; a drink deal including free cocktails, beer, wine and soda; shore excursion credit of $200 per person; daily service charge; 250 minutes of Internet use; 20 photos and other amenities.

The package costs less for shorter cruises; shore excursion credit is $100 per person for a cruise that lasts three to five days.

Customers can request the package for reservations made between Aug. 4-29 on sailings in 2015; it is available on ships across the fleet except for Pride of America, which sails in Hawaii.

News of the option was welcomed by travel agents, who will be able to earn commission if their customers buy the package.

Vicky Garcia, chief operating officer and co-owner of Coral Springs-based travel agent network Cruise Planners, praised the move in a statement.

“Norwegian Cruise Line is constantly innovating and this new, truly all-inclusive package offers extraordinary value to cruisers and travel advisors and helps put a focus on 2015 business,” she said.