Changes for NCL restaurants

just got off the phone to make a reservation at Cagney's Steak House for 6 of us.  There is no longer a single charge ($30/pp) as it is now invoiced out as A La Carte.   Same invoicing for LeBistro.   I don't know about the other restaurants, but these are the two we look forward to.  In March it was still an up charge. I don't know when the change went into effect.  Hopefully the costs will remain about the same, depending on what we order.

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You will have to let us know how it all works out. even if NCL isn't currently in our plans, but the future is all about options.

I'll be on the Gem in January. I'll take notes this time.

This could be a game changer for some. If I want to pay for a restaurant meal, I can do that at home. When I am on a cruise, and want the option of a special dinner, then I can reserve it , but I don't want to pay extra. This will probably drop the base price of the cruise in favour of a shopping center experience.

If all the cruise lines do this and no one books the all la carte restaurants on board, then they may get the idea that this "extra" is not worth it.

Personally, I don't understand why anyone would pay extra for a meal on a ship after paying for the cruise which includes meals in the Diningroom and Lido etc. If we wanted to pay for a steakhouse or specialty Italian restaurant etc., we'd do it at home. I've never even had a coffee from the Carnival specialty coffee area, but I admit that the mile high carrot cake was trying to call my name....

We did the Italian restaurant on the Breeze. It was really good food, but quite honestly, I've had better food in the MDR. It was a nice experience, but once was plenty for us. If it had been a la carte pricing rather than $15pp, I doubt we would have bothered. I'd rather wait for a port day and find a nice local restaurant.

I am not sure where I heard/read this practice was coming, but I honestly thought the negative backlash that the breaking news had was loud and clear against going this route. I'm very interested to see how NCL fares with this move. If it doesn't have a negative impact on the revenue stream, I am pretty sure that other lines will go the same way.

We do the specialty dining only when we get a freebie. Last cruise and next, we got dinner for two with the price of the cabin. We ate in the Chop House on RCCL Freedom and it was very good, the service was excellent, but I would have been less than impressed if I had to pay $70+tip for that meal when I have wonderful service and a good meal waiting for me in MDR at no extra charge.

Question - for those who do use specialty dining regularly, what is an appropriate tip?

We cruise PC. At the Crown Grill and as a couple, we look at this as a $100 meal. We leave a discretionary tip in the $15-20 range. Beverages are gratuity included so we don't include that.

That change went into affect on Norwegian about a year ago.

We were on the Gem in March, but we had the free meal plan so I guess I didn't notice the change. When we were on the Breakaway last year, we didn't pre book any restaurants and got shut out, so, again, I didn't notice the change.

Thanks for the info


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