While I was unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict, my Fodor's editor was on board Norwegian Breakaway in New York for the naming event earlier this month. He told me that Norwegian CEO Kevin Sheehan shared his opinion that the quality of the food could support a higher cover charge for the restaurant developed in partnerships with New York chef Geoffrey Zakarian. As a result, it didn't exactly come at a surprise or take long for that higher charge of $49 to appear.
While Ocean Blue is now one of the most expensive specialty restaurants at sea, the good news for some passengers on upcoming cruises is that if they had the foresight to book a table before the increase went into effect they will still enjoy their meal for the lower charge.
Ocean Blue Image Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line