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NCL adds weddings at sea, tests expanded room service/order fee, drops cover for Asian restaurants

NCL adds weddings at sea, tests expanded room service/order fee, drops cover for Asian restaurants
Norwegian Cruise Line is now offering legally recognized weddings at sea on two ships—soon to be three, is testing an expanded room service menu that carries an order charge and is making its Asian restaurants/noodle bars complimentary.

A wedding at sea package is available on the New York-based Norwegian Breakaway and the Miami-based Norwegian Getaway, and will be offered on Norwegian Escape when it begins year-round service from Miami late this year.

The ceremony is performed by the ship's captain, with the couple's marriage license issued by the Bahamas. The package includes a bouquet and boutonniere, a Champagne toast, a wedding cake and the services of a wedding coordinator.

Until now, the line has offered only destination weddings. Norwegian will continue to provide those, along with vow renewal packages. Also, same-sex destination weddings are available where recognized by law, including at port in Boston, Hawaii, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Vancouver, Tampa, Miami and Port Canaveral.

Norwegian is also testing expanded room service offerings and a per order room service fee, on two ships.

This includes an expanded breakfast selection—the addition of eggs cooked to order, sides like breakfast potato/grilled tomato and hot cereals like oatmeal and Cream of Wheat—and more choices on the 24-hour room service menu.

There's no charge per item, but a per order (not per person) fee of $7.95 is being tested on Norwegian Breakaway and of $4.95 on Norwegian Getaway. That fee is waived in The Haven accommodations.

Following the enthusiastic response to the previous $15 cover charge being waived for the Asian fusion restaurant Ginza on Norwegian Star, the line has decided to make the Asian restaurants and noodle bars complimentary on 11 ships by mid-April.

This includes venues like Norwegian Gem's Orchid Garden, Norwegian Pearl's Lotus Garden, Norwegian Epic's Shanghai's Chinese Restaurant/Shanghai's Noodle Bar and Pride of America's East Meets West, as some examples. (The dining charge waiver doesn't apply to Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Sun.)

All the news was announced by Norwegian president and chief operating officer Andy Stuart during Tuesday's travel agent webinar.