SimonCommunity
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NEWS: Norwegian Introduces Customizable Specialty Dining Packages

Porthole Cruise Magazine Reports: Norwegian Introduces Customizable Specialty Dining Packages

Norwegian Cruise Line announced today the introduction of new customizable Specialty Dining Packages that allow you to sample an array of dining experiences at the line’s signature specialty restaurants and the flexibility to choose the number of nights you’d like to dine for one set price.

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Johngold
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I saw this the other day. As we have seen on this site and others, changes are coming to cruising and packages just may be the way to go. Looking forward to hearing more.

JusMe
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For NCL I would use the dining package because I'm not happy with the quality or service in the MDR on NCL.   On RCI and Celebrity I do not need a dining package as they have good food in the MDR.  I also think having a set seating in the MDR and getting to know your table mates is part of the cruising experience.

glomarrone
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Although intriguing, I doubt that I would purchase this.  For those who like to dine in specialty restaurants, this would be something to consider.  Thanks for bringing it to our attention. 

Johngold
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In the past week, I have received e-mails from ALL the cruise lines offering me all sorts of packages and perks. There was also a report on the news that some of the lines are not going forward with low-balling pricing just to fill the ship. They are aware that the word is getting out that once on board a low cost cruise, there will be many more charges added. They are leaning towards a sales format where the agents at the lines, Independent TA's and sites will be encourages to sell the cruise instead of just posting a price. I have received a call from a friend who works at a cruise line and internally they are promoting the art of selling the extras.

The Specialty dining, the drink packages, the shore excursions and many more ideas that they are coming up with should entice the traveller to book maybe a better room, maybe a balcony.

When looking at a cruise the other day, Monique and I found that we can book a suite, bring the Grandkids for free, get a free drink package, dining package and concierge service, and the total was less than if we prepaid for all that as separate items. Now Princess is looking to change the way you get flights for their cruises.

Changes are coming, Maybe for the better?

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