Monday, August 1, 2011

Plan Ahead For Your Norwegian Cruise

One of the things we have enjoyed about our cruises aboard Norwegian Cruise Line ships in recent years is the spontaneity. We don’t always want to dine in the main restaurant while on a cruise and prefer to go with the flow. Norwegian’s Freestyle Cruising was conceived for passengers like us. However, sometimes even we like to plan ahead—particularly when it comes to shore excursions or a special occasion dinner—and now we can. Norwegian announced that it has enhanced its reservation system by adding the convenience of pre-purchasing shore excursions fleetwide and the flexibility of pre-purchasing specialty dining on Norwegian Epic. The company also plans to add the ability to make Freestyle Dining reservations for specialty restaurants fleetwide in the coming months. This enhanced system gives us the opportunity to plan our cruise vacation prior to boarding the ship.

The expanded reservation system gives us the option to pre-purchase a large variety of shore excursions in all the destinations Norwegian’s ships visit around the world. Additionally, we can select from the 20 dining options that Norwegian Epic offers, make reservations, and pay the specialty dining cover charges, which range from $10 to $25 per person in all of the ship’s specialty restaurants. The system also includes the ability to purchase tickets to Cirque Dreams and Dinner™ and The Second City’s Presumed Murdered interactive experience.

Once the reservation system is available fleetwide, all passengers will be able to pre-book and pay for all specialty restaurants. Reservations are not required at the many complimentary dining venues on each ship. As in the past, there is still the option of booking shore excursions and making specialty restaurant reservations once we are on board.

It’s the best of both worlds.

Image Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

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