Published on November 21st, 2011 | by Emma Hackwood


Freestlye Dining Aboard the Norwegian Pearl

A cruise vacation has long been favoured by many for the exotic ports of call and the world class entertainment and activities on board.  Our Flightie Danny Pastuck shares with us his recent time aboard the Norwegian Pearl and all the amazing food experiences you can expect on board this ship:

True to the sailing traditions that date back to a century ago, dining at sea has always been one of the highlights.  All the passengers would gather in the dining halls at a set time in their fanciest clothing and share stories of their own personal travel.  And not much as changed in a hundred years!  Most cruise lines still have a set table and a set dining time for you to dine each evening.  But for those of you looking to break away from tradition, you can leave the formal wear at home! A cruise on Norwegian Cruise Lines will have you second guessing your ideas of a cruise vacation.  Norwegian has evolved to become a refreshing change in the ever growing cruise market and these changes will have you agreeing, ‘Norwegians Do It Better‘.

Favoured by many for their “Freestyle” cruise vacations, Norwegian Cruise Line has long been an industry leader in innovation by allowing their guests to dine where then want, when they want, and with who they want.  All ships feature multiple restaurants, buffets and dining experiences (like the 18 dining venues I just experienced on a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise on the Norwegian Pearl).  You’ll still enjoy the traditional main dining room experience offered by all cruise lines, but with no set table assignments or reserved dining time; you’re free to enjoy you dinner at any time.  And with no dress code required in the dining rooms, you can relax.  After all, you’re on vacation! You can drop in for a quick entree with your companion at 6:30 and be out in no time.  Or get a group of new friends together for a 5 course meal at 8pm and enjoy desert late into the evening.  No reservations required!

Looking for more variety in your dining experience? Norwegian has a wide variety of specialty restaurants to choose from on board their ships as well.  From Asian Fusion to an All American Steakhouse, the options are endless . And you can leave the formal wear at home!  A quick call to the restaurant desk will provide you with a table at any of their smaller specialty restaurants (which have a cover charge ranging from $10 to $25 per person depending on the type of food an service).

Still hungry?  Or simply don’t want to get out of your bathrobe?  Just press the room service button on your stateroom phone and anything from a light breakfast to a full dinner can be at your room in just minutes… and it’s free!

I encourage everyone, from those who haven’t set foot on a cruise ship to the most travelled ocean goers, to try a Freestyle vacation.  With twelve ships on the sea (and two more on the way), Norwegian Cruise Lines can take you everywhere from the Caribbean to Europe,  Australia, and includes the only ship in the world sailing year round in the Hawaiian Islands!  So don’t wait.  Try Freestyle Cruising today!

Danny Pastuck is an International Travel Consultant located at our Flight Centre Cruise at Bay St location in Toronto, Ontario and can be reached at 1-866-818-7339 or through our website.


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Emma Hackwood

a freelance copywriter, amateur glider pilot and full-time adventure seeker, has travelled extensively in pursuit of her lifelong dream of simply seeing it all. Up to over 50 countries, she lists American Samoa and the seldom visited Marquesas Islands as her current favourite destinations, with a wandering eye on Guam and Tonga to complete her Pacific escapades.

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