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Old May 2nd, 2005, 12:25 AM
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We have now actually taken the freestyle concept to the next level. We have just completed a trial installation of a dining room management system on the Spirit. This system displays the wait time and table availability on plasma screens along with a beeper system to let you know when your table is ready. Begining with the Pride of America and all new ships after her, the system will not only feature all of that, but the beepers will be interfaced with the ships radio system repeaters so you can be anywhere on the ship and get paged for your table. Also once the system is fully operational, you will be able to make dinner reservations at the main dining rooms or specialty restaurants from the interactive tv system in your room. From the service end of things, this should speed up turn around times thereby reducing wait times by allowing the system to let the maitre'd know via a palm pilot like device that there is a table availabe for seating.
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Old May 2nd, 2005, 06:17 AM
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American Pride,

It all sounds good to me except for this part:

" the beepers will be interfaced with the ships radio system repeaters so you can be anywhere on the ship and get paged for your table. "

Please tell me that they will not be paging every waiting group over the PA to come to their table. I'm afraid that that frequent pages everynight between say 6 pmand 8pm would get pretty annoying.
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Old May 4th, 2005, 04:43 PM
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We have been on four different NCL ships since it began its Freestyle Concept. We have never waited to be seated for diner at anytime on any of these ships.
You'll love it.
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Old May 4th, 2005, 05:05 PM
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gardencat,

maybe it works like so many of the restaurants now: it actually is more like a vibrator and the lights turn color; there really is no actually page. One of our Vegas Time Shares has this. Instead of having our unit ready upon check in if it is early. we just let them know we are in town and they give us the pager. We can go anywhere and do anything (within a certain distance) and will be paged when our unit is ready for occupancy. Hope that is what it is. NMnita
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Old May 4th, 2005, 11:27 PM
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Sorry guys! I should have been a little more clear. They are a variation of the ones that lightup and vibrate.
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Old May 6th, 2005, 04:10 PM
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Also NCL is installing a telephone system on their ships that will allow you to use your own cell phone to make calls to the mainland...(of course you have to bring your own phone with you).. So you can just sit in the bar, or on the deck of the ship by the pool and call your friends on your own cell phone and tell them what a nice time you are having.. (or not having)...Neat...OM
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Old May 19th, 2005, 11:06 AM
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Cell phones on a cruise - oh ick!!! I thought that was one of the nicest things on the cruise was not seeing people walking around with cell phones glued to their ears. That gets SO old!

Thanks!

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Old May 19th, 2005, 12:58 PM
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My family and I liked the freestyle concept. We ended up eating at about the same time each night, between 7:30-8:00, and never had to wait for a table on the 4/10 Dawn.
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Old May 20th, 2005, 09:28 AM
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We were just on the Spirit's repositionong cruise La to Vancouver and loved free style. We ate early between 5:30 and 6:30 most nights. Breakfast we treid to eat before 9 or it did look like the lines got long.
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Old May 20th, 2005, 03:03 PM
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We sailed on the Sun in Nov. My Fiance and I usually eat around 7:30 -8:00. We had to wait about 15-20 each night to be seated. That was fine with us though. Its the same as going to a restaurant anywhere else. You have to wait. In my area of the country the wait is usually closer to an hour to get a table for dinner.
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Old May 20th, 2005, 03:45 PM
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Freestyle cruising is the best. We said the Dawn twice and never had a problem, never had to wait. One time we went to the dining room and they told us we had an hour waitt and that was because we requested a specific waiter. So we went to the casino and came back in an hour. One thing that I did like was that we tried to schedule our meals around the shows. I didn;t want to be running to catch a show. You can see by my signature that I do not primarily cruise Norwegian. I thought the food on the Dawn was excellent. Maybe they have a new chef, but I found it to be very good overall.
I just came back from the Voyager of the Sea on 5/15 and would describe that food as adequate at best. Have a great cruise.

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Old May 26th, 2005, 01:46 PM
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Many thanks for ALL of you who replied to my query!! Your experiences were most helpful--I think we will LIKE free-style cruising!!

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Old May 28th, 2005, 05:09 PM
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Cruised with Norwegian in January and again last week... We absolutely love the freestyle dining.... Reason being we are late eaters and being able to go to dinner at around...9p-930pm is perfect for us.... Also we have never had to wait for a table..AND have never had to share a table... It is ok as well to be casual...jeans and a nice shirt are accepted....
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Old May 31st, 2005, 09:27 AM
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We have just experienced our first cruise on NCL and had a wonderful time. We enjoyed the relocation cruise from LA to Vancouver with a unique itinerary... cruising into San Francisco under the Golden Gate bridge was an awesome experience.
The free-style dining suited us very well. No, you won't have to wait more than a few minutes to be seated, because there are ten choices of restaurants for everyone. Choosing the time we went to dinner was so much better for us, to plan the rest of the evening. If you like to dress formally one night, that option is still available. The food was excellent, including chateaubriand, filet mignon, shrimp cocktail, escargot, etc.
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