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Old November 18th, 2001, 10:06 AM
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Default NCL Freestyle Cruising

just read Cathy Gehm's article on NCL's Sky re Freestyle cruising--we did Sun's 12 day Canadian cruise in October and found similar problems--- big design flaw on the ship in that the pool rea did not have a detractable roof to be covered in inclement or cool weather---therefore, when inside seating at the cafe became crowded, people would either eat outside in jackets or spill over into the bars or alternative restaurants----one side of the food line backed up to the ice cream bar laine also---we tried both main diningrooms- waiters did not introduce themselves and service was fair at best-- we ended up eating every other night in either the French or Mediterranean restaurant which meant a $20 charge most dinners---but we had the same waitress/bus person so developed a relationship with them-- of course at the end of the cruise, as we had tipped them in addition to the surcharge, we did not pay the $10 per day per person tip automatically added on but also paid our room steward in cash --we noticed that those wishing to dress casually ate at the cafe or dining rooms and the alternative restaurants were more dressy---also, as Cathy pointed out, most people do end up eating around the traditional times of 1st and 2nd seating causing lines---we feel they need to try not charging the surcharge again to allow people to spread out and allow reservations more than just 2 days in advance
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