Wednesday, July 16, 2008

NCL Dawn Bermuda - Cagney's Steakhouse

I hope you are enjoying your virtual tour of our Norwegian Dawn cruise to Bermuda. So far, I've discussed our first days onboard the Dawn, the various Bermuda attractions that we saw on this cruise, and some of our onboard experiences.

As we sail away from Bermuda, back to New York, the good times are not over by any means. We still have two nights with a full day at sea before we return to New York. So, let the party begin!

I don't know about you, but one of the other highlights of traveling is the possibility of enjoying a nice meal in a restaurant that wouldn't be found in my hometown area. You might be thinking, that's pretty easy to accomplish when you're on a cruise ship. None of those restaurants will be found in your hometown. Ok, you got me there.

Humor me for awhile as I search out our dinner venue. Just like you might do in a popular dining area, you go from restaurant to restaurant, checking out the menu before making your selection.

As I've mentioned in an earlier post, there are many choices onboard the Norwegian Dawn. All the menus are posted so you can go "shopping" for your dinner choice. Once you've made your selection, you can make a reservation (either for the same night or the next).

We made a reservation for Cagney's Steakhouse. This isn't the first time we've gone to Cagney's onboard a NCL ship, so we were already familiar with the menu and the atmosphere.

Cagney's is decorated like a speakeasy from the Roaring 20's. There are various size tables to accommodate your group. After being escorted to our table, our waiter greeted us and took our drink order. He answered our questions about the menu and disappeared to get our drinks.

As you probably suspect, the meal consists of several courses. You can have as many of the selections as you like. Click on the menu above to see all the choices. The starters we had included the jumbo shrimp cocktail, and salads.

There are several main course selections that you can chose from. These range from a 10 ounce New York Steak to the 32 ounce Porterhouse Steak. If you don't want steak, there are several fish selections, veal, and even a vegetarian selection. We have a theory that hasn't failed us over the years. If you go to a Steakhouse, order steak. If you want seafood, go to a Seafood restaurant. In this case, you wouldn't go wrong with any selection. We chose the New York Steak and T-Bone Steak - both of which were fabulous.

To complete the main course, you can add as many side orders as you like. Our selections included sauteed mushrooms, onion rings, Cagney's Fries (you've got to try those if you like fries - they are made with white truffle oil and Parmesan cheese), and mashed potatoes. There were three of us dining together, thus the large selection of sides. You get your own order of Cagney's Fries and you tell the waiter which of the remaining sides you want him to serve.

Assuming that you still have room, the waiter will present the dessert selections for your final choice of the meal. We definitely left Cagney's feeling very content.

As with the other specialty restaurants onboard Norwegian Dawn, there is a cover charge added to your account. It is $20 per person, but is well worth it. The attentive staff, the nice atmosphere, and the wonderful food made for a very enjoyable meal. Where could you get a steak meal like that for $20 in New York or wherever home is? If you were only going to one specialty restaurant during your cruise, I would definitely put Cagney's on your short list to consider.

Now that dinner is complete, we're off to a show. See you next time.

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