Norwegian Epic's online reservation system makes the many entertainment options more accessible
In a sign of things to come, Norwegian Cruise Lines just announced yesterday that the new flag ship, Norwegian Epic, set to debut in June, 2010, will have an onboard and online reservation system for shows, restaurants and shore excursions. In essence, the system appears to be almost identical to the Royal Caribbean system which was introduced with Oasis of the Seas and is now in service throughout the RCL fleet.
We have already predicted that Norwegian Epic will offer the apex of entertainment options in the world of cruise ships; with Blue Man Group, Second City, Howl at the Moon, Cirque Dreams and Dinner and Legends at Sea. All of these shows are offered at no cost, except for Cirque Dreams which comes with dinner. The price is $20 for the front row seats and $15 for the back rows. VP Andy Stuart hinted that those in the front row are very likely to become part of the action "on stage."
Guests on Norwegian Epic will be able to make showtime, restaurant and shore excursion reservations at www.ncl.com; including Blue Man Group, Second City, Cirque Dreams and Dinner and Legends at Sea. You can also make reservations for the many restaurants onboard. But shows are limited to one reservation - you cannot book any one show more than once.
Last week NCL confirmed the first slate of tributes in the Legends at Sea show will be Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Tina Turner. Personally, I would have preferred Michael Jackson and the Beatles over the overly-exposed Marilyn and Elvis, but the lineup changes every six months, so maybe I'll get my wish next time around. I am sure the shows are extremely clever no matter whom the tribute personality may be.
Legends at Sea
Because of the "Free-style®" dining system, NCL was the first cruise line to have a centralized restaurant reservation system onboard ship where a guest can make a reservation in one of the many restaurants from any access point at any time. The access points include monitors generally near the entrances of the largest restaurants, to show the table availability for each restaurant at any given time.
The new Internet-based pre-cruise reservation system will be tied into the existing shipboard system. You onboard room key will be your "ticket" to any given event. Once onboard, Norwegian Epic guests can make reservations through the interactive television system or at a central "box office" kiosk onboard.
All reservations are on a first come first serve basis, so people booking over the Internet before their cruise are guaranteed reservations once they come aboard the ship. If a show is filled before the ship sails then reservations for that show will not be available online. If the show is not filled, then guests onboard the ship can also make pre-show reservations.
Online reservations, step one: find your personal booking area at NCL.com under "My Account"
No matter when you make your reservation once everyone with a reservation has been seated the house will be opened up for general seating by people who did not make reservations. Of course, reservations are recommended but it is possible you will be able to see most shows if you are flexible. All shows will be repeated a number of times during every cruise.
Online reservations, step two: check the showtimes for shows you want to see
The online reservation system will be open for Norwegian Epic on May 11, and in general will be open for most cruises on Norwegian Epic about 45 days prior to the sailing date. Here are some pictures of the Internet reservation system in action. It is expected this system will be rolled out to most of the NCL fleet soon.
Online reservations, step three: confirm your reservations
No reservations are needed for any of the nightclubs onboard. All are free to the public with the exception of the Ice Bar, a unique venue where everything inside the room is made of sculpted ice, from the tables and chairs to actual glasses for serving drinks. The cahrge for the Ice Bar is $20 per person, and comes with a parka and two drinks included. Only 25 guests are allowed at any given time and visits are limited to 45 minutes per person. The bar is open from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm nightly.
The Epic Ice Bar comes with Parka (same as shown except for black fur on the hoods)
FYI: CruiseMates' editor Paul Motter will be aboard the very first sailing of Norwegian Epic to report back to our readers on the ship's many features. He will be staying in on of the Studio Staterooms specially priced for singles cruisers.
More about Norwegian Epic: Norwegian Epic Entertainment
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