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    Norwegian Cruise Line Enhances Pre-Cruise Shore Excursions and Dining Reservations

    Norwegian Cruise Line announced that it has enhanced its reservation system adding the convenience of pre-purchasing shore excursions fleet-wide and the flexibility of pre-purchasing specialty dining on Norwegian Epic. The company also plans to add the ability to make Freestyle Dining reservations for specialty restaurants fleet-wide in the coming months. This enhanced system gives booked guests the opportunity to plan their cruise vacation prior to boarding the ship.

    “Freestyle Cruising is about freedom and flexibility, and therefore we wanted to provide our guests with the choice and convenience of purchasing their shore excursions prior to their cruise, as well as making their specialty dining choices in advance, especially if they are celebrating a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “Of course, they also have the option of waiting until they are on board to book shore excursions and reserve specialty dining choices.”

    The more robust reservation system gives guests the option to pre-purchase a large variety of shore excursions in all the destinations Norwegian’s ships visit around the world. Whether it’s dogsledding in Alaska, surfing in Hawaii, or wine tasting in Italy, guests can secure their spot on the excursion that works best for their vacation.

    Among the 20 dining options that Norwegian Epic offers, guests can make reservations and pay for specialty dining cover charges which range from $10 to $25 per person in all of the ship’s specialty restaurants including Moderno Churrascaria and Shanghai’s, among others. Norwegian Epic guests also have the ability to purchase tickets to Cirque Dreams and Dinner™, as well as The Second City’s Presumed Murdered interactive experience. Once the reservation system is available fleet-wide, guests will be able to pre-book and pay for all specialty restaurants such as guest favorites like Teppanyaki, Cagney’s Steakhouse and Le Bistro. Reservations are not required at the many complimentary dining venues on each ship.

    Guests also have the option of booking shore excursions and making specialty restaurant reservations once they are on board. The ability to purchase activities in advance is only applicable to cruise bookings made in US dollars. All shore excursion and dining purchases can be adjusted up to one day prior to sailing.

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    We've been pre-purchasing excursions for a number of years. As a matter of fact, I was so surprised the first time when I bought an excursion on the Carnival website and my credit card was charged. I had thought I was "making the reservation" and I would pay for it at the end of the cruise. Talk about naive.

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