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Old July 27th, 2006, 01:17 PM
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Hi all!

My husband and I are considering our FIRST cruise, and we have so many questions we don't know where to start.

However, one important issue with him is.... FOOD. Yep, food!

We're considering a cruise out of New York on a Norwegian cruise line. In reading some reviews, it mentions how some restaurants cost more than what is included in your per person price. Is that just a cover charge for the restaurants or is the food inside additional cost as well?

I thank you in advance for any help/comments/suggestions.
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On Norweigan there are some alternate restaurants which have a cover charge, and others which are included in the price of the cruise fare.

Of the alternates with a surcharge there are two where there can be an additional charge for food as well. One is the sushi bar, where some items are included in the surcharge, and others are a la carte.

Also, in Le Bistro, though there is plenty of food to chose from that is included in the $15 surcharge, if you order the surf and turf combination there is a small extra charge.
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Welcome to the boards; we are here to help, of course sometimes we don't have the right answers but we think we do.

Yes, NCL ships do have several options for dining. In fact almost all ships and all lines now feature alternative dining with extra charges, but NCL offers the most. On most of the newer NCL ships (I am assuming you are looking at the Dawn) you will have about 3 extra charge dining options. One will be Le Bistro, their flagship restaurant, probably a steak house or maybe an Italian choice and an Asian. You will also find serveral eateries with no charges. You can have anything from the buffet which serves 3 meals a day, to the outdoor grill for lunch or grab a snack or meal at the Blue Lagoon. This is more like a diner, with burgers, buffalo wings, fish and chips etc and one of my favorite places. Of course all NCl ships have 2 main dining rooms. No one has to opt for spending extra money, there are plenty of choices but I do recommend you give at least one specialty restaurant a try. You won't be sorry. Oh and one more place, from 11pm on the casino serves a light spread which is good and fun. Hope this helps, others will add to this I am sure.

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Alot of people seem to resent paying the extra fee but it is well worth it on NCL ships. I love Le Bistro and the Steakhouses. I am a traditionalist when it comes to cruising but NCL has opened my eyes to a new more relaxed way to ....well relax.
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I've never sailed NCL, but my daughter and her fiance are going on the Star on their honeymoon. I am trying to sort out info for her.
[She's busy planning a wedding!]

Can the alternative restaurants be booked prior to sailing?
Online?
I've looked at NCL's site but not in depth -- I saw they have packages for honeymooners that cane be ordered, etc.

I was wondering if I could arrange [and pay for it ahead of time] for them to eat at one of the alternative restaurants?

Thanks to all of you experienced NCL cruisers for sharing your experiences and information!
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Fruitcake,
You can order one of the romance or honeymoon packages and that comes with a dinner at Le Bistro, before hand. also keep in mind all of the speciality restaraunts are half price the first night. They need to book when they get on board though no pre-reservations.
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Hi all!

My husband and I are considering our FIRST cruise, and we have so many questions we don't know where to start.
Welcome to the boards, Kward! I think your food questions have been answered; so, I won't address them. However, please do not be shy about asking other questions.
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