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Norwegian enhances main dining choices, adds Chocoholic Night and optional reservations

Norwegian enhances main dining choices, adds Chocoholic Night and optional reservations
Norwegian Cruise Line added more choices and flexibility at its complimentary dining venues, including new menus and a Chocoholic Night once per cruise. Moreover, passengers can now make main dining reservations up to 90 days in advance.

The menus give a greater variety of selections and contemporary dishes, while the Chocoholic Night provides special chocolate desserts in each restaurant.

The new regionally-focused complimentary dining room dinner menus vary by ship itinerary and change each evening of the cruise. Featuring a sleeker design along with wine pairing recommendations and anecdotal culinary history, the new menus display several sections—starters, classic dishes, main courses, chef’s signature dish and dessert—and offer increased variety, with up to 12 starters and up to 15 entrees per evening.

The menus have been developed by Norwegian’s culinary team to balance popular traditional dishes like prime rib, chateaubriand, rack of lamb and escargot with current dining trends and heightened guest expectations. The new offerings include more seafood options such as grouper, barramundi, sushi and crab dishes. Among the contemporary dishes are mojito shrimp ceviche, seared Atlantic scallops with fennel puree and braised beef short ribs with Cajun shrimp.

The main dining room also has new lunch menus.

In the complimentary alternative venue, O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill on board Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Jewel, the company is introducing specialty dish nights, such as prime rib, all-you-can-eat baby back ribs, and chicken and waffles.

Meanwhile, the Chocoholic Night gives a choice of up to seven signature chocolate desserts in every restaurant one evening each cruise. Examples are warm chocolate volcano, chocolate Nutella pot de crème and white chocolate strawberry mousse.

Now diners are also able to make reservations for complimentary dining rooms up to 90 days prior to their cruise. With reservation times at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., the new system provides the option of selecting a time during any evening of the cruise for a party of up to 12.

'After a trial on Norwegian Breakaway, the main dining reservation option has been met with overwhelming support from our guests,' said Norwegian's Frank Weber, vp product development. Reservations are not mandatory.

The new menus and concepts will be available on most of Norwegian’s fleet by July 31, and on board Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Spirit, Norwegian Sky and Pride of America by early 2015.