Using the "if you can't beat ‘em, join 'em" philosophy, Norwegian Cruise Line is expanding its “freestyle” dining program to a couple of the line's older ships in an unusual way. "Freestyle Dining" is best showcased on NCL's Norwegian Star, which was custom-designed to offer passengers a resort-like array of choices in ten different onboard eateries. In the case of Norwegian Sea and Norwegian Majesty, however, NCL is actually planning to expand choices by teaming up with shoreside restaurants.
The new program will focus on 2003 Bermuda itineraries. Norwegian Sea, which will sail from New York and Philadelphia, and Norwegian Majesty, which homeports in Boston, will offer passengers a choice of restaurants -- the cruise line says there will be 30 - 50 participating eateries -- that go beyond onboard fare. Passengers who want to eat lunch or dinner on shore can buy a voucher from NCL; lunch vouchers are for the equivalent of $25 and dinner vouchers are $50. They then pay NCL a fee for using each voucher; $5 for lunch, $10 for dinner.
At this point, NCL will not (or can not) release the names of participating restaurants.