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In the early 2000's specialty dining was introduced to the cruise community. Norwegian Cruise Line introduced it in the form of "Freestyle dining" while others went with the term "specialty dining". In both cases, the passenger selects the venue, usually an upscale restaurant, and pays an additional gratuity for special attention and better quality food. Presentation is a large part of the experience with food often prepared table side or made to order at the very least. Also, plan on spending several hours enjoying your meal.
"The Point" Experience
Starters for us included bread, salad, and soups shown above which were all excellent. The chef prepares a special treat for you following your starters. We were presented with a small hamburger and a tomato based appetizer.
The Main Feast
There were so many choices to select from ranging from prime cuts of beef, lobster, lamb, and even chicken if red meat wasn't your preference. Filet Mignon is a typical high-end steak option so that was one of our choices and an 18 oz. Grilled Prime Cowboy Steak was the other. Back home if we ordered such a large steak, we'd be bringing part of it home. Here, there aren't carry out boxes, so we just had to finish the entire meal at the steakhouse. That is why we suggest going there hungry and planning on spending about four hours savoring every bite of your meal.
Think about what just this portion of the meal would cost you at home and we haven't even gotten to the side items or dessert yet. Do you think it's worth the $35 surcharge? We certainly do, although we hear from many of our clients that they don't want to pay anything extra for their meals and that is certainly their right. We do however think they are missing out on a fabulous dining experience that they would most certainly repeat cruise after cruise.
Here are some of the menu options you can pick:
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