NCL To Charge A La Carte In Many Specialty Restaurants
the trend in cruising appears to be more inclusive pricing, Norwegian is going
in the other direction, at least when it comes to specialty restaurants.
in October with the debut of its largest ship, Norwegian Escape, the
menus for several alternative dining establishments will be priced a la carte.
The line plans to roll out a la carte dining fleetwide on January 1, 2016, with
the exception of entertainment dining like Cirque Dreams & Dinner or The
Cucina, Le Bistro, Cagney's Steakhouse and Bayamo, a new restaurant from Chef
Jose Garces, will be priced a la carte, while Moderno Churrascaria and
Teppanyaki will retain their cover charges -- $19.95 and $29.95, respectively
-- as will entertainment dining such as "Wine Lovers the Musical" and
"For The Record: The Brat Pack."
at Cagney's will range from $4.99 to $7.95, main courses from $17.99 to $29.99.
New menu additions at French restaurant Le Bistro will include bouillabaisse
and pan-seared jumbo bay scallops, starting at $15.99 each. Italian venue La
Cucina will offer main dishes like osso bucco alla Milanese or pan-seared sea
bass filet at $12.99 each.
main dining rooms, the buffet, O'Sheehan's and all of the Asian venues except
Teppanyaki and Wasabi will remain complimentary.
at popular consumer cruise website Cruise Critic was fast and mostly furious. Jason
George, presumably a travel seller, wrote:
these changes are muddying up the water for those of us that are trying to sell
an "all inclusive" vacation. Now you have to explain you can buy a
package, or you can pay per item, or you can go to the buffet, or you can go to
the main dining room. Oh and there are 4 drink packages, and Internet packages
and coffee packages. Gah!!!”
Maureen Carrita had this response: “Definitely going to
chase away customers. I don't mind paying for a good meal, but I'm sick of NCL
tucking it to us every chance they get. They're going to see how many people
eat at the buffet only when they do that. Get ready for longer lines!”
Another CruiseCritic commenter reflected the views of
other on the site, writing: “Just another way to scrape a few extra dollars out
of people who already paid for their cruise.”