(3:30 p.m. EDT) — Prime rib in the dining room, a mainstay of just about every cruise line, is no longer free onboard Norwegian Cruise Line ships. The meal joins other menu items for which the line charges passengers an extra — and now higher — fee.
The higher fees first appeared as part of new main dining menus (download menus) rolled out on Norwegian Escape, which makes its U.S. debut Monday. Among the upcharge items on the otherwise complimentary main dining room menu are lobster ($19.99), surf and turf ($24.99) and prime rib ($14.99). (A hat tip to members of the Cruise Critic forums who tipped us off to the new MDR menus.)
A la carte pricing at specialty restaurants is another change for the line; it’s launching with Escape and will be rolled out fleetwide. In place of a cover charge, which includes a full meal, patrons are charged per menu item at most specialty restaurants, similar to land-based restaurants.
The changes are part of a larger overhaul of Norwegian Cruise Line’s dining program, spearheaded by Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.