Norwegian Cruise Line Revamps Dining, Makes Specialty Restaurant Free

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Passengers aboard several Norwegian Cruise Line ships will soon have another complimentary food option.

Norwegian Encore American Diner

In a surprise move, NCL has quietly switched the American Diner restaurant from a for-fee specialty venue to one that is included in the cruise fare.

The Transition to Complimentary Dining

The change was first reported by passengers aboard the first Norwegian Getaway sailing of the new year.

Soon, word came down from Norwegian Cruise Line that the change would be made at all American Diner’s across the fleet, with Norwegian Escape being the next to make the change as of January 6th.

Passengers sailing on Norwegian Bliss, Breakaway, and Encore will enjoy free bites at the diner starting January 7. The final ship to offer the complimentary American Diner experience will be Norwegian Joy, with the surcharge disappearing on February 13.

American Diner Menu Changes

American diner NCL
(Photo courtesy of NCL)

Not surprisingly, the venue’s menu has undergone some significant changes. For example, the lobster roll sliders which had previously been a staple are no longer offered.

Appetizers now include items such as a smoked fish dip, white bean chicken chili and two salads.

Main dishes include two different burgers — including the Wrangler, which is topped with BBQ sauce and jalapenos — as well as a fish sandwich, pulled-pork sliders and a chicken salad hand held, all of which are served with fries or a side salad.

Those seeking something a bit more substantial can choose among items such as a chicken pot-pie casserole, spaghetti and meatballs, and homemade meatloaf.

A variety of desserts are also available. And while housemade milkshakes still appear on the menu, it is the one item to come with an upcharge. How much? A shake will cost you $7.

What NCL cruise ships have American Diner?

The American Diner, a retro-inspired eatery reminiscent of the 1950s, offers familiar favorites and some unexpected twists on traditional eats.

The atmosphere is designed to transport you back in time, with checkered floors, chrome accents, and even classic car booths for a truly immersive experience.

The venue has never proven overly popular with Norwegian cruisers, especially as a venue which came with an additional cost.

It is only found on the ships listed above, and seems unlikely to be rolled out on any future ships, given that neither of the new Prima-class vessels have one on board.

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