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Old 01-20-2007, 09:34 AM
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How do you book for shows, meals, lectures etc. on the Jewel
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Hello sued and welcome to cruise-chat. I just edited your original post since the subject title you entered was "sued". Hopefully you will get better responses with the new title.

I am not a big NCL cruiser. I've only done two cruises with them and both were prior to the freestyle method they now use.
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Old 01-20-2007, 12:25 PM
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Thanks for the help, i'll get the hang of it
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Old 01-20-2007, 10:54 PM
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Hope you enjoy NCL was much as we do. We've been on 4 NCL cruises and really enjoy "freestyle cruising."

As far as booking for shows and lectures, you don't need to worry. There aren't any reservations needed. Just make sure to read the newsletter that will be put in your cabin each night to see what the following days activities are. It's called the freestyle daily. I've read several posts where people suggest highlighting the activities you're interested in, just to make sure you remember tham.

For meals, it gets a little more confusing. If you're eating in the main dining rooms (there are normally 2 on each ship), you shouldn't need to make reservations. Just show up when you want to eat, and most of the time you'll be seated promptly. Sometimes there may be a short wait, but we've rarely had any problems.

If you're interested in eating in any of the specialty restaurants (the number will vary depending on the ship you're sailing), you do need to make reservations. Lately, people seem to be making resrvations the day they board the ship -- often for the entire week. If you don't make reservations early, you may find yourself out of luck. That seems to vary from ship to ship, depending on how many people make advance reservations. You can normally book them at a desk outside one of the specialty restaurants. If it doesn't say where on your first freestyle daily, ask one of the NCL staff where you need to go to make the reservations.

Happy cruising!
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Old 01-21-2007, 09:06 AM
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Hope you enjoy NCL was much as we do. We've been on 4 NCL cruises and really enjoy "freestyle cruising."
As far as booking for shows and lectures, you don't need to worry. There aren't any reservations needed. Just make sure to read the newsletter that will be put in your cabin each night to see what the following days activities are. It's called the freestyle daily. I've read several posts where people suggest highlighting the activities you're interested in, just to make sure you remember tham.
For meals, it gets a little more confusing. If you're eating in the main dining rooms (there are normally 2 on each ship), you shouldn't need to make reservations. Just show up when you want to eat, and most of the time you'll be seated promptly. Sometimes there may be a short wait, but we've rarely had any problems.

If you're interested in eating in any of the specialty restaurants (the number will vary depending on the ship you're sailing), you do need to make reservations. Lately, people seem to be making resrvations the day they board the ship -- often for the entire week. If you don't make reservations early, you may find yourself out of luck. That seems to vary from ship to ship, depending on how many people make advance reservations. You can normally book them at a desk outside one of the specialty restaurants. If it doesn't say where on your first freestyle daily, ask one of the NCL staff where you need to go to make the reservations.
Happy cruising!
To add, the specialty restaurants are much smaller than the main restaurants. It's easier to find a table at two restaurants that sit over 500 each, than at one that sits less than 100. On some cruises, the specialty restaurants book up fast, on others not so fast. You might or might not be able to make a reservation later in the cruise, but the prime dinner hour always books up fast. So, I highly recommend making your reservations on the first day you are aboard the ship to guarantee a better time and a table. The sooner the better.

p.s. You shouldn't have any problems with just walking up and being seated at the main restaurants.
 
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