abuela41
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

NCL Gem Dining

I am not the type of person that likes to make calls. I would rather email and I see that NCL doesn't have that option. So here goes, does anyone know if the NCL Gem has  you sit at the same table in the main dining room and if you have the same waiter and asst. waiter like other cruise lines? I would appreciate any information you can give me.

Thank you

 

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glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

As far as I know NCL has a strictly Freestyle Dining in both MDR restaurants.  Magenta is the smaller of the two and serves more healthy dishes.  The Grand Pacific is the larger of the two.  There is no set seating for dinner.  First come first serve.  I would therefore suggest that you arrive early for dinner which starts from 5:30.  You will more likely get the servers that you want.  Speak to the hostess at the deck and tell her your preference.    They try to accommodate you if possible.  If the tables are already taken, of course, they will not be able to do so.  This has always worked for me when sailing on all cruise lines.  I prefer Freestsyle especially on port days. v I don't have to rush beack to the ship for an Early Seating Time.  Expect a waiting time to be seated of around 20 on NCL. 

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

As stated, NCL is totally Freestyle dining.  If you like your server the first nite, you can probably request him or her again.  Likewise, if you don't like your server, you may request not to be seated at their station.   It takes a little getting used to, but Freestyle dining grows on you.   You are never rushed when you come back from an island.  Just go eat when you are ready, provided the MDR is still serving.

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

 

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

As stated above NCL is Freestyle and not assigned seating.  

When on NCL be sure to try some of the extra fee restaurants.  The French food, Sushi, Mexican and Steak house were all very good on both NCL ships that I was on.   I can also recommend if they have the sea day Indian lunch for $10.00 is was worth it.  Good food and unlimited Mango Lassie.

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

Freestyle dining is just as it implies... you are free to dine as you wish, in the style you wish. No set time or table mates, not even a set restaurant if you really want to dine by the seat of your pants. It suits some people perfectly, others not so much. You be the judge for yourself... and don't forget to have fun in the process of discovery!

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