Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cruise News: Norwegian Cruise Line To Introduce Moderno Churrascaria Fleet-Wide

One of our favorite dining experiences during our recent Norwegian Epic cruise was dinner in Moderno Churrascaria, the Brazilian-style steakhouse. After helping ourselves to a soup and salad bar, servers known as passadors made the rounds to our table offering meat on skewers—lamb, various cuts of beef, chicken, sausages, and even sweet pineapple. Sides included fried bananas, garlic mashed potatoes, rice, and beans. Beside your plate is a card to indicate your wishes—to continue service you place the green side up and when you’re done you turn it over to the red side. We saved room for dessert and my flan was exquisite. While I had never dined in a churrascaria in Brazil, my husband Mel has on numerous occasions and I was anxious to hear his impression of Moderno. One word said it all—authentic. Plus, he said the meats we enjoyed in Moderno were more tender than those he’d typically been served in Brazil.

And now Norwegian Cruise Line is enhancing dining options for guests fleetwide by introducing its signature Brazilian-style steakhouse on board additional ships. Moderno Churrascaria first debuted on board the line’s newest ship, Norwegian Epic, and was the first dining concept of its kind at sea. Because of positive guest feedback and popular demand, Norwegian is now offering this sensational dining experience on eight Freestyle Cruising ships. Moderno Churrascaria is currently available on board Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Sun, and Norwegian Pearl. Norwegian Gem will be outfitted with its own Moderno restaurant in late February, followed by Norwegian Jewel in March and Norwegian Star in April of 2012. The cover charge for Moderno Churrascaria is $20 per person and, in our experience, well worth it.

To dine at Moderno Churrascaria or any of the line’s specialty restaurants, you now have the opportunity to pre-book your reservations before your cruise. With the introduction of a fleet-wide dining reservations system, guests cruising within 45 days on any Norwegian ship can plan and pre-pay for their specialty dining choices in advance by visiting NCL.com/myncl. While we had no problem securing reservations by using the interactive television and telephone reservation systems once on board Norwegian Epic, we were a party of two and easily accommodated. Plus, we made all our reservations as soon as possible when we reached our stateroom on embarkation day. For larger groups it’s advised to pre-book whenever possible for the best possible service and to avoid disappointment.

Image Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

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