I've been on 2 carnival cruises and enjoyed the dining expereince - especially when I ordered 2 entrees! My husband and I really liked the seafood so we always picked it along with pasta, or meat dishes. Will I be able to do the same on the Norwegian?
Also, I would to meet other couples at dinner - how does this happen if you arrive anytime for dinner???
We in our early 30's and from what I've read on NCL, the average traveler is 45! Did other people find this to be true? I don't have a problem w/ age, I just want to meet fun couples.
You can ask to be seated with a larger table, others will do the same. You will meet folks elsewhere, at the pool, a bar, on an excursion , in the casino. Ask them to join you for dinner. The first ten minutes I was ever on a cruise ship we ended up on a line waiting for lunch as rooms were not available yet. My wife struck up a conversation with the lady standing next to her. We sat with them for lunch , moved our dining assignment to their table and are still corresponding (Christmas cards etc). 8 years later.
WE were on the Sun in October, and the dining was great. The staff was very accomodating and was glad to bring us several entrees or appetizers or whatever we wanted. The only problem we had was that we were hoping to get pasta brought as a separate course, as we had on Princess last time, and they just couldn't quite grasp this ---it always came with the other entrees. But overall, the service was efficient and very friendly, despite our concerns with the automatic tipping policy. If you want to sit with other people at dinner, just ask when you arrive at the dining room. They definitely have big tables available. The teppanyaki room is also good since everyone sits around the grill and chats while the chef cooks. We found the crowd pretty lively. The Sun had 2 or 3 late-evening deck parties, and the 50s party in the lounge was also fun. You might want to post a message on these message boards and try to find some couples before you sail -- we did this and all met in a lounge on the 1st afternoon. Have a great time ----feel free to e mail me if you have more specific questions
The average age may be 45, but of all the lines I have been on, I think NCL has the biggest variety of ages. Of course alot depends on where and when you are cruising. AS for meeting people we have met many more people with free style dining than with traditional dining. On our Sun cruise we were not asked if we wanted a table with others or wanted to eat alone, but on the Sky in January we were and ate with someone different each night except for the two evenings we ate in specialty restaurants. If you are not asked you can ask to be seated with others. I would rather dine this way than get stuck at a table for a week with couples we have nothing in common with. This has happened to us and not made our dining experience the best. I think you will love your cruise if you keep an open mind.