Originally posted by billybuzzy:
Chef Ken-We were able to get the reservations we desired with little or no problems-we did go to the Maitre de at each venue to make the reservations as we wanted to personally tour the ship as much as possible. We dined under both the Early Bird specials and the later reservations at full charge. The restaurants were never overly crowded, the meals were excellent and well worth the additional fees. Dining in the regular venues was equally good-we were so pleased with NCL's Dawn and the overall "freestyle" concept we booked a Jan 2008 cruise on the new Gem.
Many experienced cruisers were so pleased with the Dawn cruise that they also rebooked future NCL cruises while aboard. We have 15 cruises to our experience but this was the first time we saw so many rebookings. It was very impressive!
That is good for NCL, they need good publicity.
Freestyle is not so bad, you can still have a regular table with the same servers at a specific time each night as we did with our group of seven on the Sky. The "Sky" is not so popular now, named Pride of Aloha.