Freestyle Complimentary Dining on NCL Epic

by admin on April 25, 2017

Complimentary Dining NCL Epic Title

On all NCL ships, the focus is on Freestyle Cruising which means there is no set dining time each night, there’s no strict dress code, and you won’t be stuck seated with tablemates you can’t stand each night (unless they’re part of your family!).
On the NCL Epic, the Freestyle way of life really works with all of the different dining options available. The Epic has 11 complimentary dining options as well as 7 specialty dining options, which have a surcharge for dining. You can purchase dining packages or in some cases, receive a dining package for free (depending on available discounts). Children can order from the kid’s menu at specialty restaurants for no extra charge or order from the specialty menu for an additional fee.

On the Epic, you’ll find 11 complimentary dining locations (most are open to the public but there are 2 that are only for Haven guests and 1 that is in the adult only pool area). The largest of these is the Garden Café, a buffet located up on the pool deck. At breakfast, you’ll find omelet stations, fresh fruit, and breakfast favorites from all over the world. Lunch and dinner both include pasta, seafood, burgers and more. Each night tends to be themed, Italian, Seafood, etc. so you won’t miss any of your favorites. If your kids are too busy swimming to head inside, you can dine at the Great Outdoors, the 2 buffet stations located outside on the pool deck.

Garden Cafe

The other 2 large complimentary options are the ship’s Main dining rooms Taste and the Manhattan Room. These are freestyle dining means there are a variety of table sizes to accommodate parties of all sizes. In the main dining rooms, you can order appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts. Can’t decide between two? Order them both! There were many nights I skipped the salad course and ordered 2 appetizers instead. Taste is usually open for breakfast and lunch as well as dinner. The Manhattan room offers live music at dinner to make your meal feel not just like an ordinary dinner.

Main Dining Manhattan Room

On the casino deck, you’ll find 3 other complimentary dining options – O’Sheehans, Shanghai’s Noodle Bar, and Shanghai’s Chinese restaurant. In O’Sheehan’s, you will find not only Irish comfort food, but many American favorites such as nachos and chicken wings. O’Sheehan’s also serves breakfast, in case you want to sit down and have a more leisurely meal than at the buffet. Shanghai’s Noodle bar serves noodle dishes prepared just the way you like it while the Chinese restaurant serves wok style dishes, soups, and other favorites.

Osheehans Food
And if you’re still hungry after all of that? Try room service! NCL has an extensive room service menu that includes complimentary as well as a la carte options. Delivery is available 24 hours a day. (Please note that there is a $7.95 convenience charge for using room service delivery).

And if you are staying in the Haven, you have your own, quiet sanctuary to dine in. (Please note, the dining area is only available to Haven guests).
NCL Haven Dining

NCL cruises are all about Freestyle cruising, cruising YOUR way! Let’s plan your family’s getaway today! Email me at Amy@TravelWithTheMagic.com or you can find me on Facebook. You can also call me at 1-800-670-4312, ext 129. I can’t wait to plan your MAGICAL vacation!

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Disneyland Title Picture

I know people who are die-hard Walt Disney World fans and can’t imagine scheduling a vacation to Disneyland. They’ve either never been to the original Disney theme park and feel like they must be loyal to Walt Disney World, they went as kids and feel like they’ve seen everything Disneyland has to offer, or they’ve heard that Disneyland is smaller than Walt Disney World and think they might be bored there. Well, I’m here to set the record straight! If you’re a loyal Walt Disney World fan, you’re going to love Disneyland because it’s the original, classic theme park that made our nation fall in love with theme parks. The Disneyland of your youth is NOT the Disneyland of today. Disneyland is constantly evolving and there is always something new. There is so much to do at Disneyland that if you truly take your time and explore everything there, you’re never bored!

Here are three reasons why I think every Walt Disney World fan should visit Disneyland at least once:

1 Walt Disney’s Original Vision Most people know that Disneyland is the original Disney park. Opening in 1955, Walt Disney himself designed everything in the classic American theme park. Mr. Disney had his own apartment in the park that is still there today. He researched and designed all the original lands in the park. He named things there and his handprint remains throughout the park even today despite the constant change at the two parks in California. There are gifts he gave to his wife in the park and the Disneyland Dream Suite still stands marked with the initials “W” and “R” for Walt and Roy Disney. You can even take a VIP tour called “Walk in Walt’s Footsteps” Tour. It’s a wonderful tour filled with amazing trivia for the hard core Disney fan. There are attractions at Disneyland that Walt Disney himself designed such as “it’s a small world” that have been copied at Walt Disney World, but keep in mind Disneyland has the original.

Mickey and the Magical Map

 

  1. Certain Attractions that only Disneyland has There are certainly more attractions in Walt Disney World between the four parks, but surprisingly there are attractions that are ONLY found at Disneyland in the two parks there. A couple of the thrill rides that can only be found at Disneyland include Hyperspace Mountain (think Space Mountain retrofitted for the Star Wars fan), California Screamin’(an excellent roller coaster), and soon the Guardians of the Galaxy will have its own attraction. There are special shows such as Mickey and the Magical Map that are only presented at Disneyland. Only at Disneyland can you dine inside the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Blue Bayou Restaurant. You can only see World of Color, a nighttime spectacular including pyrotechnics and a water screen, at California Adventure Park. Also, only at California Adventure Park can you dine in a restaurant designed like the Carthay Circle Theater where Snow White premiered in 1937. Carthay Circle Restaurant is one of a kind. Frozen, Live at the Hyperion is only presented several times a day in California Adventure Park. Only in California Adventure Park can you walk through the streets of Radiator Springs and feel a little like Lightning McQueen may roll up and be your best friend. Pixar Films have a very strong presence in California Adventure Park. There has even been an entire parade dedicated to these amazing films called the Pixar Play Parade. And speaking of parades, remember that Paint the Night Parade that is currently showing at Walt Disney World was designed to celebrate the 60th Birthday of Disneyland!

Frozen Live at Hyperion

  1. More Do-Able- When I say Disneyland is more “do-able”, I mean that it can be easier on your feet, easier on your wallet, and easier on your kids. Especially if you have small children and you’ve braved Walt Disney World bus transportation between parks and hotels, you might really appreciate the ease at which you can maneuver the Disneyland Parks. There are only three Disneyland owned hotels and all three of them have 5-10 minute walks into the parks. That’s right, people, I said “walks”! You won’t have to brave a 45-60 minute bus ride before you even enter the park. That is enough to wear some children out. If you stay at the Grand Californian Resort, you simply have to ride the elevator down and walk into the private entrance of California Adventure Park. It’s SO simple. That also makes going back to your Disneyland Hotel for an afternoon rest a breeze! And if you decide to change parks, there is no problem finding the right bus. You don’t take a bus. You make a 5-minute walk across the concourse to the other park. You’ve already gone through bag check and security, so it’s really that simple!

Lightning McQueen

I get why people love Walt Disney World. I do. It’s huge and amazing and magical. But, that shouldn’t stop you from trying out the original vision of Walt Disney himself. While Mr. Disney had the vision for the Florida theme park, he didn’t live to see the park opening. He spent 15 years nurturing Disneyland and I feel like the imagineers have done a great job of continuing his legacy. It’s a simpler place that takes one back to a simpler time. Why not try it out?

If you’re ready to give Disneyland a try, email me at Jeri@TravelwiththeMagic.com. I’m a Travel Planner and I’d love to help you book your trip to either Disneyland or Walt Disney World!

Walt and Mickey

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Epcot’s Frozen Attractions: The Royal Sommerhus & Frozen Ever After

November 1, 2016

Frozen lovers unite! In early Summer 2016, Walt Disney World opened the much anticipated Royal Sommerhus AND Frozen Ever After attractions. These two Frozen fan must-dos are located in Epcot’s Norway pavilion. The Royal Sommerhus, Princess Anna and Queen Elsa’s summer home, is adorable. The inside of the Royal Sommerhus is decorated with beautiful woodwork […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

October 26, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of October 26, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Haunted Mansion Splash Mountain Liberty Square Riverboat Walt Disney World Railroad Hall of Presidents Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

October 20, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of October 19, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Swiss Family Treehouse Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Haunted Mansion Splash Mountain Liberty Square Riverboat Walt Disney World Railroad Hall of Presidents Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If […]

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All the Medals!

October 20, 2016

Grabbing All The Medals was a goal I set out to obtain in 2015 when a series of exciting races were announced: runDisney’s Kessel Run Challenge and Castle to Chateau Challenge! If you know me, you know that I’ve been a Big Star Wars Fan since it all began. I saw Star Wars: A New […]

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Baby’s 1st Haircut at Magic Kingdom!

October 18, 2016

I am always looking for something new to include in each of my own Disney vacations. Now that I am a mom, I have a whole new list of experiences on my Disney “bucket list” and this experience has been on my list long before I became a mom. It’s been so fun to see […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

October 14, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of October 12, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Swiss Family Treehouse Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Haunted Mansion Splash Mountain Liberty Square Riverboat Walt Disney World Railroad Hall of Presidents Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If […]

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Minnie’s Halloween Dine

October 13, 2016

Are you looking for a little Halloween fun for your next Disney trip? Make sure to add Minnie’s Halloween Dine to your fall bucket list! The Hollywood and Vine restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios hosts this special seasonal character dining experience from September 12 until November 6th. Join Minnie and friends for a frightfully fun […]

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8 Things to do on a Port Day with Disney Cruise Line

October 11, 2016

Everyone assumes that on a port day, you should get off the ship for as long as you can. While I do recommend getting off at least for a few minutes to put your feet on steady ground, there are certain ports where we would much rather stay onboard and enjoy an “empty” ship. Not […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

October 10, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of October 10, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Swiss Family Treehouse Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Haunted Mansion Splash Mountain Liberty Square Riverboat Walt Disney World Railroad Hall of Presidents Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

October 7, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of October 7, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Haunted Mansion Splash Mountain Liberty Square Riverboat Walt Disney World Railroad Hall of Presidents Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to […]

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Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa: A First Timer’s Guide

October 6, 2016

  So, you’ve decided to go to Disneyland with your family and you’re trying to select the right hotel for you. Your travel agent (that’s me, Jeri May) sends you pricing for several different hotels and the most expensive one on the list is Disney’s Grand Californian. Why would you choose the most expensive property […]

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Save up to 25% on Rooms at select Disney World Hotels this Winter

October 5, 2016

Save up to 25% on Rooms at select Disney World Hotels this Winter! You can save up to 25%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Dec. 15 – 23, 2016 and Jan. 1 – April 8, 2017 when they book Oct. 3 – Dec. 21, 2016. Booking Window: Oct. 3 […]

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A Preview of Adventures by Disney “Southern California Backstage Magic”

October 4, 2016

Adventures by Disney is an amazing way to see the world with a Disney difference. Your tour will have two Adventure Guides take you into VIP access areas and to private events and cultural experiences that only the Disney name can unlock. Also included with your Adventure are most meals, admission fees to attractions, transportation […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

September 30, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of September 28, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Swiss Family Treehouse Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Liberty Square Riverboat Walt Disney World Railroad Hall of Presidents Jul.6 – Sep. 29, 2016 Aug. 8 – Nov. 18, 2016 Jan. 3 – 12, 2017 Jan. 9 – Feb. 16, 2017 Jan. 17 […]

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Halloween at Tokyo Disneyland Resort

September 29, 2016

Halloween at any Disney theme park is an exciting time, and fun for the entire family. But if you’re willing and able to travel to Japan, you’re in for a very special treat! Halloween has only been celebrated here for the past twenty years or so, but the people have really embraced the holiday in […]

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10 Halloween Activities for Your Fall Disney World Vacation

September 27, 2016

The fall is my absolute favorite time to visit Walt Disney World. The decor, the seasonal treats, and the Halloween fun are the BEST! Which of these will you be adding to your Disney Halloween must-do list? Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Vine! From September 12th until November 6th join Minnie and friends for […]

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Universal Islands of Adventure Jurassic Park

September 22, 2016

At Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, you’ll find thrills of all kinds from superheroes to the Wizarding World, and even the prehistoric variety. In Jurassic Park, you can come face to face with the dinosaurs, just as John Hammond intended. When you enter through the gates at Jurassic Park, the movie’s iconic theme song […]

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5 Hip Reasons to Stay at the Hard Rock Hotel, Universal Orlando

September 20, 2016

Hip Hotels help create a truly memorable, unique experience for the traveler. And the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando is the Hippest Hotel that Universal has to offer! Here are my Top 5 Hits of the Hard Rock Hotel that will keep you coming back! The Atmosphere The rock-and-roll theme envelopes you from the […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

September 19, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of September 19, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Swiss Family Treehouse Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Jul.6 – Sep. 29, 2016 Aug. 8 – Nov. 18, 2016 Epcot None Disney’s Hollywood Studios Pizza Planet Rock N Roller Coaster Jan. 19 – Late 2016 Oct. 27 – Nov. 9, 2016 Disney’s […]

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Disney Resorts: Old Key West vs. Saratoga Springs

September 15, 2016

Disney’s Old Key West and Saratoga Springs Resorts There are 2 Resorts at Walt Disney World that often have last minute availability AND are cheaper per night than most other Deluxe Resorts. I get a lot of questions about these properties so here are some basic pros and cons about each. The bottom line: These […]

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5 Tips for Arrival Day at Walt Disney World

September 13, 2016

For most travelers, your arrival time to Walt Disney World will not be first thing in the morning. Depending on where you are traveling from, you may arrive around lunch, or sometimes in the afternoon. I know you may be ready to start your vacation and ride some rides, but hang tight! If you are […]

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Frozen Pre-Show Package Will Melt Your Heart!

September 8, 2016

  There’s a show at Disneyland California Adventure that will melt your frozen heart! It’s Frozen Live at the Hyperion Theater! This new show will dazzle you with its’ retelling of Disney’s newest classic movie. The costumes and the characters and the set are like nothing you’ve ever seen. Anna and Elsa fans will fall […]

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10 Tips for Your First Disney World Vacation

September 6, 2016

  Planning your first trip to Walt Disney World can be overwhelming. I remember feeling that way when we decided to take our family for the first time. I had been there before, but so much had changed and bringing my kids would make it a whole new experience. Here are 10 tips that will […]

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Four Classic Not To Be Missed Shows at the Magic Kingdom

September 1, 2016

  Whether it’s your first or hundred and first visit to the Magic Kingdom you can’t overestimate how much walking is involved. At some point in the day you will need to rest and, especially in the summer months, find a nice place to cool off. I have four perfect locations where you can do […]

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5 Overlooked Experiences at Walt Disney World

August 30, 2016

Some attractions and experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort are just a given… dining with the princesses at Cinderella’s Royal Table, going to Town Square Theater to meet Mickey Mouse, and grab Fast Passes for the more popular attractions. But what are some of the more overlooked experiences that you can take part in […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

August 25, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of August 25, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Monorail – The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option […]

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5 Reasons to Stay at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

August 25, 2016

When choosing a resort for your Disney vacation, it’s important to get one that’s just right for your family’s needs. I’d like to give you 5 Reasons to choose Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort for your next stay! The Basics: This is one of Disney’s Moderate Resorts, with a Spanish Colonial Mexican theme. It’s a very […]

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Minnie’s Seasonal Dining at Hollywood & Vine

August 23, 2016

Hollywood & Vine has long been home to the Disney Junior characters at breakfast and lunch. But you can now join Minnie and friends in a fun, festive, themed dinner buffet! Hollywood & Vine is a buffet celebrating the bounty of California. The menu includes lots of salads, fresh vegetables, savory meat dishes and more. […]

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Tips For Planning a Disney Vacation for Toddlers & Teenagers

August 19, 2016

We all know that there is something at Disney for EVERYONE. This being said how do you plan a Disney trip that will please BOTH your toddlers and teenagers? It will be EASY to please your toddlers, BUT your teenagers? They will be a little harder to please, not because there aren’t things that they […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

August 17, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of August 16, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Monorail – The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option […]

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Universal for Families of All Ages: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

August 16, 2016

  Families are made of up of little ones, teens, tweens, and grandparents, and usually you go your separate ways once inside Universal. And as far as the Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter, the little ones can’t ride most of the attractions, and the teens aren’t interested in the Flight of the Hippogriff. However, there […]

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Extending the Magic, The Advantages of Bouncing Back to Disney World

August 11, 2016

Are you a self-professed Disney World junkie that is planning your next trip before your current trip ends or maybe a newbie that is addicted during your first visit and already planning to come back? Well you are in luck, did you know that Disney offers to book your next trip WITH a discount before […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

August 10, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of August 10, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Monorail – The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option […]

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6 Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe at Disney Parks

August 9, 2016

While we would all like to think that nothing bad could ever happen to us or our children on vacation to the happiest place on earth, unfortunately that is not the reality of the world we live in. Even in Disney, it is not safe to let your guard down or let your children wander […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

August 4, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of August 4, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Monorail – The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option […]

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How (and When) to use Rider Switch at Walt Disney World

August 4, 2016

This free service for families with young children is often overlooked. Using it correctly can enhance your vacation and take some stress out of your park days while saving valuable time. If guests in your party can’t or don’t want to board an attraction, you don’t have to miss out! If a child does not […]

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