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Old 09-16-2006, 09:32 PM
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If there are 10 restaurants advertised on an NCL ship, do many of them charge additional cost to eat there? I expect alcohol drinks to cost additional, but does the food too?
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Old 09-16-2006, 09:37 PM
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My question is about Alaska Cruises.
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Old 09-16-2006, 09:40 PM
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Some, but not all, of the restaurants impose a surcharge. There is no extra cost to have dinner in the main dining rooms, for example.

Which ship are you considering?
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Old 09-17-2006, 06:18 AM
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On NCL'S newer ships that have 10 restaurants usually three of them have surcharge. On all NCL ships the Le Bistro is a surcharge.
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Old 09-17-2006, 06:25 AM
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Considering Pearl or Star
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Old 09-17-2006, 06:26 AM
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Is a surcharge a percentage, like a tax. 15%?
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Old 09-17-2006, 06:51 AM
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on NCL it's a bit complicated. There are fixed "cover charges" for some restaurants, with some selected items still being extra beyond that (those are charged a la carte), while in other restaurants, the surcharge you pay fully depends on what you plan to eat. Some of the alternative restaurants are included, on the other hand.
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Old 09-17-2006, 10:17 AM
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This is from an old "Freestyle Daily" for the Jewel, so the retaurants might be slightly different on the Pearl or the Star.

The restaurants with a cover charge include:

Cagney's (Steakhouse) $15
Le Bistro (French) $10
Chin Chin (Asian) ala carte pricing or all you can eat Sushi for $5

No-charge specialty restaurants

Mam'a Italian Kitchen (Italian)
Tango's (Tex-Mex) -- maybe a Tapas bar?
Blue Lagoon -- fish & chips, etc.

Main restaurants:

Tsar's Palace


The Great Outdoors
Garden Cafe

I haven't actually been on the Jewel yet -- coming up in 7 weeks, but I've been trying to gather information, and this is what I've found so far.
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Old 09-17-2006, 12:52 PM
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Just curious, any of the restaurants have entertainment?
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Old 09-17-2006, 01:11 PM
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Originally posted by wayIgosailing:
Just curious, any of the restaurants have entertainment?
Some do have entertainment. For example, Henry's Pub on the Spirit, and the Tapas Bar on the Sun have entertainment after dinner. One isn't required to eat to sit and enjoy the entertainers.

But, they're more bars/lounges than they are restaurants. The main or traditional style restaurants don't have entertainment.
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