Norwegian Cruise Line said most of its alternate dining venues will move to a la carte pricing rather than cover charges starting next year.
The line is introducing a la carte pricing on the Norwegian Escape, due in November, for three of its specialty restaurants that now have cover charges. In addition, it will also introduce a new dining concept.
The restaurants are La Cucina, Le Bistro, Cagney's Steakhouse and the new Bayamo by chef Jose Garces. At the same time, diners will be able to choose how many courses to order.
At Cagney's Steakhouse, starters on the new a la carte menu range from $4.99 to $7.95 and main courses from $17.99 to $29.99. Main courses at Le Bistro start at $15.99 and $12.99 at La Cucina.
Moderno Churrascaria and Teppanyaki will remain at a cover charge of $19.95 and $29.95 respectively, and entertainment dining will also stick with a single fee.
The new a la carte pricing will apply to Ocean Blue restaurants on the Norwegian Getaway and Breakaway starting Oct. 3. The plan will then go fleetwide in January.
Norwegian said anyone buying a specialty dining package will have access to all menu items at La Cucina, Le Bistro and Cagney's Steakhouse at no additional charge, while dining in Bayamo by Jose Garces will cost an extra $15.
Source: Tom Stieghorst (Travel Weekly, July 14, 2015 "Norwegian's Specialty Restaurants to go a la Carte")
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