On the NCL Epic, the Freestyle way of life really comes to life with all of the different dining options available. The Epic has 11 complimentary dining options as well as 7 specialty dining , which have a surcharge. 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 NCL Epic, you’ll find 7 specialty restaurants in addition to the 11 complimentary dining locations. Some of the restaurants operate with a cover charge while others are a la carte. If you’ve purchased one of the dining packages or received one as part of a promotion, ask your server about what is included with your package. Usually for a la carte restaurants, it includes a starter, a salad, an entrée, and a dessert. Additional items can be ordered, but will be subject to a separate charge. The servers are very knowledgeable about the dining packages and helpful when you order.
Two of the restaurants, Moderno and Teppanyaki, have a cover charge instead of a la carte pricing. At Moderno, the Churrascaria located on deck 7, the cover charge is $24.95 and includes unlimited salad and side bar trips as well as all you can eat meat served Churrascaria style at your table. They also have a Brazilian inspired dessert menu. Teppanyaki is a Hibachi style Japanese restaurant also located on Deck 7. For $29.95, you’ll experience a fun Hibachi dinner complete with flying shrimp and onion volcanoes.
The a la carte restaurants include Le Bistro, a French restaurant that makes you feel you’ve transported to Paris; La Cucina, an Italian restaurant inspired by the Tuscan countryside; Cagney’s, an all American steakhouse; and Wasabi, a sushi and sashimi bar. Wasabi operates slightly differently in that there is an a la carte ordering option, or you can pay an upcharge to dine on all you can eat sushi.
Reservations are not required (since Freestyle cruising rules on NCL), however, reservations are taken and popular dining times do book up. Take the time of year you are cruising into consideration. Spring Break, for instance, is a very popular time to cruise, so many of the specialty dining locations were booked before we even boarded. If you have a large party, or are particular about the times you dine, make sure to get reservations prior to boarding. These can easily be done on NCL’s website.
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