Norwegian makes the specialty meal plan more flexible
PHOTO: Pictured is Cagney’s, Norwegian Epic’s steakhouse. (Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)
Norwegian Cruise Line is replacing its Ultimate Dining Package, which includes specialty meals every night of a cruise, with a more flexible package, allowing customers to decide how many nights to eat outside of the Main Dining Room .
The new specialty dining package is priced at $ 59 when purchased online in advance for three nights at specialty restaurants and goes up to $ 189 for a 14-day package. For example, passengers on a seven-day cruise can choose packages ranging from three to seven nights while saving on the usual cover charges.
An 18% gratuity and “specialty service charge” are added to all package prices; TravelPulse asked Norwegian how much the “Specialty Service Fee” was and what exactly it was for, but we did not get an immediate response.
The new package will be available across the fleet on August 7. Passengers can start booking from August 1 for Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Spirit, Norwegian Star and Pride of America. Passengers on Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Pearl can purchase packages starting August 2. Package sales will begin for Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Sun on August 3.
The Specialty Package is ideal for dinners at the Cagney Steakhouse, Italian Restaurant La Cucina, Bistro, and Teppanyaki Restaurant.
However, those who purchase the Dining Package will still have to shell out more money, albeit at a reduced price, to dine at Norwegian’s a la carte and entertainment restaurants.
Additional charge is $ 15 for Geoffrey Zakarian’s Ocean Blue on Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway; $ 10 at Bayamo on Norwegian Escape, scheduled to enter service in November; $ 7 at Pincho Tapas Bar on Norwegian Escape; $ 7 at the Raw Bar on Norwegian Getaway and Breakaway; and $ 7 at sushi bars across the fleet.
At the Cirque Dreams Show and Dinner on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Epic, prices are $ 10 for general seating, $ 15 for premium seating and $ 35 for VIP seating on Norwegian Breakaway.
Tickets for the Illusionarium cost $ 10 or $ 15 for premium seating. Admission to “For the Record: Dear John Hughes” on Norwegian Escape will be $ 15.
Specialty Food Packages do not include items from Carlo’s Bake Shop, Ice Cream Bar, Ice Cream, Chef’s Table, Special Occasion / Party Menus (New Year, Christmas, etc.). Drinks are not included.
New Specialty Dining Packages can be pre-purchased prior to departure for additional savings or on board during the first two days of travel; the meal package is only sold on the first day of three-day cruises.
Those who purchase the package online can make online meal reservations within 90 days of their departure date or decide when and where to dine while on board. For all the details, click here.