Norwegian Cruise Line is ending a popular feature of its short cruises out of Florida -- an open bar.

Starting Sept. 7, the Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Sun will transition to the traditional way of charging for drinks.

The open bar began on the Sky in 2016 as a means of separating the ship from other short-cruise alternatives. It also increased the fare, boosting commissions for travel agents.

Norwegian did not say why the program was ending. The Sky and Sun were two of the ships affected when cruises from the U.S. to Cuba were banned by a change in U.S. policy on June 6.

Norwegian said any guests sailing on Norwegian Sun and Sky after Sept. 7 who booked a cruise which included open bar at time of purchase will still be able to enjoy that feature.


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