Norwegian Cruise Line Modifies Latitudes Rewards Program Specialty Dining Perk

Norwegian Cruise Line has made some changes to the perks that guests in its Latitudes Rewards program receive, especially where specialty dining is concerned.

Dining Voucher Changes

Passengers who reach Platinum status with Norwegian receive a voucher for one free dinner with a bottle of wine at a specialty restaurant, and another voucher for a free specialty dinner (no bottle of wine). This also goes for the tiers above Platinum which are Sapphire, Diamond, and Ambassador.

Previously, these dinner vouchers were pretty restrictive, only valid for dinner at Moderno (the Brazilian steakhouse) or La Cucina (the Italian restaurant). Now, the first voucher can be used for dinner for two at all venues that offer a complementary wine list, not including Palomar. This includes restaurants like Cagney’s (steakhouse), Le Bistro (French), and Ocean Blue (seafood).

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Ocean Blue on Norwegian Bliss (Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

The second voucher can be used for dinner for two at restaurants including La Cucina (Italian), Food Republic (global), Q Texas Smokehouse (barbecue), Teppanyaki (hibachi), or American Diner.

Note that these free specialty restaurant dinners are only available on sailings five nights or longer, and entitle each guest to one appetizer, one entrée, and one dessert.

Coupons cannot be used for the same venue twice. Dinner perks are per stateroom, not per guest. This means that if two Platinum or higher guests are sailing in a cabin, they will receive two dinners to enjoy together in total, not four.

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Other Additions

Other additions to the program include an open bar package discount of 30 percent for Bronze members, all the way up to 50 percent for Diamond and Ambassador level guests. As well, Gold guests and above will receive a free carton of water, and Sapphire and above will receive two free water cartons.

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(Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

No Behind the Scenes Tours Yet

The changes also came with some bad news. “In order to ensure the health and safety of our guests and crew members, we have suspended the Behind-the-Scenes Ship Tour and Dinner with the Officers,” Norwegian Cruise Line said in a letter to guests. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank you for your support and understanding.”

These perks have been on pause ever since the cruise industry restarted. The Behind-the-Scenes tour is usually offered to guests with Platinum status and above, and the Dinner with the Officers is offered to those with Sapphire status or higher.

After taking their first cruise with Norwegian, passengers are automatically enrolled in the Latitude Rewards program. For information on all of the perks associated with each tier, visit ncl.com/latitudes-rewards-program.

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