Shelley, you can put any extra charges, such as the alternate restaurant charge, on your shipboard account. In fact, that is how they work it - very similar to the Carnival "sail & sign" card. I haven't been on NCL in several years, but I did enjoy the Bistro restaurant on the cruise I took with them. You might want to read the reviews for different Norwegian ships on cruisereviews.com before deciding whether the alternate restaurants are worth the extra charge. However, I have found that food in particular seems to be a very subjective thing - one person's fantastic meal is another's disappointment. Have fun, whatever you decide to do!