We have an excellent Japanese restaurant called Mikawa in Huntsville which has this on the menu. This is a restaurant that is about as close as it gets to Japan. They have a reservations only Tatami seating area, as well as American style tables.
Do you have to make separate reservations depending on whether you want to eat at the sushi bar, the teppanyaki or the Asian fusion section? And what if one person in the party wants teppanyaki and the other wants sushi, etc - can that be done, or no?
Booked on Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2012 (Cozumel, Costa Rica, Panama)
NCL Gem, Sept. 2011
NCL Jewel, Feb. 2011
NCL Dawn, Sept. 2010
NCL Spirit, Feb. 2010
NCL Gem, March 2009
RCCL Explorer of the Seas, Feb. 2008
Carnival Miracle, May 2007
Carnival Conquest, April 2006
Caribbean Princess, Feb. 2005
Although the Sushi, Asian Fusion restaurants and Teppanyaki are in the same area, each takes separate reservations.
Yes, they will take a reservation for one person in Teppanyaki, the Sushi bar or Asian fusion restaurants. Since your on the Gem, the Teppanyaki area will fit 32 per seating which is 4 grills - 8 seats each. Book early, there is usually 3 seatings per night, they fill up fast. Asian Fusion restaurant should be no problem, Seating for sushi bar is about 10 seats at a time. Once you get on board, you will be able to make a reservation 24 hours in advance only.
NCL's method (unless it has changed since 06) is that as soon as you board you will be directed to different tables set up for reservations. Richard & Mary said that you can only book 24 hours in advance. I never experienced that (Dawn - 04 / Spirit - 06) We were able to book all reservations for the entire cruise on the first day.
With that said, things might have changed and someone who has been on more recently can weigh in. I hope you can do it all in one shot...I've already got ours planned!
Have fun...this is the best part...talking about it and planning it.
Okay, really the best part is being aboard but IMHO this runs a close second!
On the last NCL cruise their policy was reservations 24 hour in advance for dining ...no more than that (NCL Star November 2008).
When you get into your room, you may dial the reservation desk and they will take the reservation up to 24 hours in advance. In addition, during certain hours, there will be a reservations podium in the atrium aboard the ship that will have an attendent and she will assist in the reservation.
If you have conceirge service,(by being in a suite or higher) you may contact your conceirge and she/he will personally take your reservation, which usually can be made a few days in advance via the conceirge seervice. We found that this was the case on our last cruise NCL Star Novemeber 2008.
In years past there was a central table, when boarding that you could go to in order to place reservations. I have not seen that on any of our recent NCL cruises. The newer ships like the NCL Gem will have electronic LCD TV's around the ship showing what restaurants are open and what the seating availibilty is. The NCL Gem has the electronic seating LCD TV's around the ship. Once you get on the ship you will see them and then know what I was referring to. I am not sure how to post photos or I would have posted a photo of LCD TV seating availability. The newer ships like the Jewel, Pearl, Sky have the same arrangements.
I am sure you will have no problems getting reservations. My advice is don't wait until the last minute, plan ahead, by at least one day.