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#1
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Hoping for some help.

At the moment I’m trying to not book onboard extras.

So can I purchase once we board

Dining package (for a 7 night cruise I doubt we wil want it by the time we try MDR, buffet, Asian, grill)

Soft drink package (do we both have to get it)

Bottled water.

Mrs Gut wants to know what the shielas were wearing down under freestyle.
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From my experience you may not need to bother with paying for a dining experience - the options were varied. The main dining room with Russian influence décor was exceptional and food very good. We were happy with the other options as we did not always feel the need for a three course meal. The small buffet on the back deck was a great spot for a snack after being ashore all day.

Can't remember re bottled water - we had the free alcohol as an added bonus with our booking - so can't answer your question re soft drink package either. Sorry.

As for dress code - there was none. I saw couples dancing late at night in shorts and thongs. I felt quite comfortable in my usual "cruise clothes" of slacks and pretty tops of a night. Did not feel overdressed, but you can go the other way and wear just about anything that you feel comfortable in. Men certainly don't need to pack a coat and tie.

The entertainment choices were wonderful - I think I counted at least 5 different venues every night were you could listen to music or go to a show. Fabulous.

Was my first cruise on Norwegian and was impressed. I have cruised most lines (totally more than 45 cruises) and would go on Norwegian in a heartbeat. My friend and I were trying not to compare - but each night we said "well that was another day of plusses" - no negatives came to mind.
#3
Rural NSW Australia
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Thanks PacificLover for your detailed answer.
I haven't cruised as much as you but I am too trying to cruise all the mainstream cruise lines which cruise out of Australia.
Entertainment choices and food quality are very important to us. Good to hear they both get a thumbs up.
#4
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Originally posted by pacificlover
From my experience you may not need to bother with paying for a dining experience - the options were varied. The main dining room with Russian influence décor was exceptional and food very good. We were happy with the other options as we did not always feel the need for a three course meal. The small buffet on the back deck was a great spot for a snack after being ashore all day.

Can't remember re bottled water - we had the free alcohol as an added bonus with our booking - so can't answer your question re soft drink package either. Sorry.

As for dress code - there was none. I saw couples dancing late at night in shorts and thongs. I felt quite comfortable in my usual "cruise clothes" of slacks and pretty tops of a night. Did not feel overdressed, but you can go the other way and wear just about anything that you feel comfortable in. Men certainly don't need to pack a coat and tie.

The entertainment choices were wonderful - I think I counted at least 5 different venues every night were you could listen to music or go to a show. Fabulous.

Was my first cruise on Norwegian and was impressed. I have cruised most lines (totally more than 45 cruises) and would go on Norwegian in a heartbeat. My friend and I were trying not to compare - but each night we said "well that was another day of plusses" - no negatives came to mind.

Thank you for such a detailed answer, we were booked to go on her last year too, but had to cancel.

Looking forward to trying something new.
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Originally posted by GUT2407
Hoping for some help.

At the moment I’m trying to not book onboard extras.

So can I purchase once we board

Dining package (for a 7 night cruise I doubt we wil want it by the time we try MDR, buffet, Asian, grill)

Soft drink package (do we both have to get it)

Bottled water.

Mrs Gut wants to know what the shielas were wearing down under freestyle.
Have sailed on many NCL cruises but none out of Australia. Both guests in a stateroom do not have to get the soda package. You can no longer bring bottled water aboard but a bottled water package is available or you can purchase it a bottle at a time.

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Originally posted by GUT2407
Hoping for some help.

At the moment I’m trying to not book onboard extras.

So can I purchase once we board

Dining package (for a 7 night cruise I doubt we wil want it by the time we try MDR, buffet, Asian, grill)

Soft drink package (do we both have to get it)

Bottled water.

Mrs Gut wants to know what the shielas were wearing down under freestyle.
The massive bonus for you and Mrs Gut is that the worlds best and " your favourite" check in agent will be there to make sure everything goes smoothly for your embark ( no tip required 😂&#128514
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#7
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Originally posted by Princess Penguin
Have sailed on many NCL cruises but none out of Australia. Both guests in a stateroom do not have to get the soda package. You can no longer bring bottled water aboard but a bottled water package is available or you can purchase it a bottle at a time.

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Thank you.

Is the bottled water package available after boarding or only ore book?
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Originally posted by gbenjo
The massive bonus for you and Mrs Gut is that the worlds best and " your favourite" check in agent will be there to make sure everything goes smoothly for your embark ( no tip required &#128514
Wow.

Cathy from Princess will be there??? Who knew that
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Originally posted by Princess Penguin
It is available both before and after boarding.

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#11
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Originally posted by GUT2407
Hoping for some help.

Mrs Gut wants to know what the shielas were wearing down under freestyle.
I can't answer for others but i would think underpants would be a requirement, although freestyle may imply going commando

Smart casual will be fine for the ship.
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Originally posted by GUT2407
Wow.

Cathy from Princess will be there??? Who knew that
ME........that's why I told you 😱😂
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Originally posted by judithann423
For cruises from Australian ports do Norwegian include the gratuities in their fares or are these an additional charge once on board ...thanks
Depends if you have booked through an Australian TA/NCL online Australian website and chosen to include the DSC. Usually it is be added to the booking to pay up front.
Australians also don't have the 20% gratuity added on top of the beverage and dining packages.
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Originally posted by GUT2407
Hoping for some help.
At the moment I’m trying to not book onboard extras.
So can I purchase once we board
Dining package (for a 7 night cruise I doubt we wil want it by the time we try MDR, buffet, Asian, grill)
Soft drink package (do we both have to get it)
Bottled water.

Mrs Gut wants to know what the shielas were wearing down under freestyle.
The drink dispensers in the buffet areas include water and ice, lemonade and two flavoured waters (no sugar). Take an empty bottle to refill using cups of water rather than buying. Tap water is also drinkable.
We liked using the aft outside buffet for breakfast rather than the busy main buffet.
O'Sheahans on deck 8 is open nearly 24 hours and is a favourite for any meal. MDR aft, Tzars, requires men to wear long trousers at night, but the mid ships MDR allows shorts. Same menu, but more casual. I usually wore 3/4 slacks and a pretty blouse to both. My late husband hated having to take a jacket cruising, so he was happy with NCL's freestyle and liked Jewel's range of venues. He would wear slacks or jeans with a collared shirt or polo top.
Not having to book for the MDR means you can decide where you eat as you go, especially welcome after a long shore excursion.
I hope your 7-night cruise includes "Burn the Floor", a great show.
My adult son is coming with me on Jewel on December 1st; his first cruise. The drink package swayed him!
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Oct 2018 Norwegian Spirit - Mediterranean and Greek Isles
Oct 2018 Norwegian Spirit - Mediterranean and Adriatic
Dec 2018 Norwegian Jewel - New Zealand
Feb 2019 Golden Princess - New Zealand
Jan 2020 Norwegian Getaway - Caribbean from New Orleans
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Apr 2018 Azamara Quest - Iberian Adventure⚰️
Apr 2018 Azamara Quest - Transatlantic Miami to Lisbon, Portugal
Jan 2018 Norwegian Jewel - New Zealand
Aug 2017 Celebrity Eclipse - Norwegian Fjords
Aug 2017 Celebrity Eclipse - Scandinavia and Russia
Jun 2017 Sun Princess - South Pacific
Apr 2017 Norwegian Sun - Santiago, Chile to San Francisco
Feb 2017 Norwegian Star - Sydney to Auckland via tug boats and Melbourne
Oct 2016 Azamara Quest - Montreal to New Orleans (32 nights)
Sep 2016 Azamara Quest - Transatlantic Southampton to Montreal (15 nights)
Apr 2016 Celebrity Infinity - Panama Canal
Mar 2016 Celebrity Silhouette - Western Caribbean
Jan 2016 Queen Elizabeth - Cape Town to Fremantle
Dec 2015 RV La Marguerite - Mekong River
Dec 2015 CMV Astor - Adelaide to Fremantle
Nov 2015 Celebrity Millennium - Hong Kong to Singapore
Jun 2015 Quantum of the Seas - Dubai to Singapore
May 2015 Quantum of the Seas - Barcelona to Dubai
Mar 2015 ms Zaandam - Buenos Aires to Valparaiso
Nov 2014 Radiance of the Seas - Southern Australia & New Zealand
Mar 2014 Celebrity Solstice - Auckland to Sydney

Oct 2013 APT AmaBella - Amsterdam to Prague river cruise
Feb 2013 Voyager of the Seas - Australia & New Zealand Journey
Feb 2012 Celebrity Century - Australia's Top End
May 2011 ms Westerdam - Inside Passage, Alaska
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Jun 2009 Costa Allegra - Singapore-Hong Kong-Singapore
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#16
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Originally posted by Port Power
The drink dispensers in the buffet areas include water and ice, lemonade and two flavoured waters (no sugar). Take an empty bottle to refill using cups of water rather than buying. Tap water is also drinkable.
We liked using the aft outside buffet for breakfast rather than the busy main buffet.
O'Sheahans on deck 8 is open nearly 24 hours and is a favourite for any meal. MDR aft, Tzars, requires men to wear long trousers at night, but the mid ships MDR allows shorts. Same menu, but more casual. I usually wore 3/4 slacks and a pretty blouse to both. My late husband hated having to take a jacket cruising, so he was happy with NCL's freestyle and liked Jewel's range of venues. He would wear slacks or jeans with a collared shirt or polo top.
Not having to book for the MDR means you can decide where you eat as you go, especially welcome after a long shore excursion.
I hope your 7-night cruise includes "Burn the Floor", a great show.
My adult son is coming with me on Jewel on December 1st; his first cruise. The drink package swayed him!

I know the water is fine, Mrs Gut likes bottled water and you know what they say about a happy wife. So if I can snag some bottled water, I shall.

Looks like you’re getting off as we get on.

Is there much wait for any of the restaurants.

We have pretty much decided we won’t do any of the specialty restaurants, seems plenty of options included.

Like the look of the outside buffet, O’shanasseys and the Asian (that’s three nights gone to start with) I’m not much of a shorts wearer for eating out so trousers will be fine, Mrs Gut will also be happy with slacks/skirt and top.
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Originally posted by GUT2407
I know the water is fine, Mrs Gut likes bottled water and you know what they say about a happy wife. So if I can snag some bottled water, I shall.

Looks like you’re getting off as we get on.

Is there much wait for any of the restaurants.

We have pretty much decided we won’t do any of the specialty restaurants, seems plenty of options included.
Like the look of the outside buffet, O’shanasseys and the Asian (that’s three nights gone to start with) I’m not much of a shorts wearer for eating out so trousers will be fine, Mrs Gut will also be happy with slacks/skirt and top.
Plenty of dining options, so you don't need to pay extra.

We never seemed to wait long at Tzars. There is a separate queue for booked tables and walk-ins. The latter has a slightly longer wait, but that made time for a chat with fellow cruisers. The other MDR has a lower ceiling and can feel claustrophobic. I couldn't get over seeing shorts worn at dinner there, but it's a choice. In January there was just three of us with my husband and my mother. This time we are a party of 8, so booking a table will be necessary.

You will learn not to go down before going up! It takes a while to remember the decks don't go through on the same level as the MDRs, which means an extra pre-dinner stroll.

We had the usual filter coffee at dinner and didn't buy speciality coffees. NCL might have a coffee card? I saw cappuccinos at the central cafe for around US$1.95-$2.50 + gratuity (now 20%). We had the drinks package, so enjoyed an occasional Irish coffee instead.
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Originally posted by GUT2407
Mrs Gut asks, are cabins ready when we board?
That would depend on what time you board

Your friend "Cathy" may be be able to get you on early.
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