Alternative Restaurants onboard the Norwegian Gem
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT ALTERNATIVE DINING ON THE NORWEGIAN GEM:
For all alternative restaurants on the Norwegian Gem, you will need to make reservations once you are aboard ship. Generally, it is a good idea to reserve dining sooner than later. This can be accomplished by visiting the reservations desk, open from 9:00am to 5:00pm, a day in advance of your plans. You may also call each restaurant directly after 5:30pm.
Norwegian Gem's Cagney's Steakhouse offers steakhouse specialties in an elegant atmosphere. Look forward to Lobster Bisque, Clam Chowder, Caesar Salad, and Iceberg Lettuce Wedges among soups and salads. Main courses include lamb chops, veal chops, 16 ounce T-bone steaks, prime rib, 14 ounce rib eye steaks, and filet mignon. There's Rotisserie chicken, and for seafood fans the menu features Atlantic Salmon Oscar, Alaskan King Crab Legs, and grilled Ahi Tuna Steak. Whole Lobster, Surf & Turf, and a massive 24 ounce Porterhouse Steak are house specials. Cagney's Steakhouse onboard Norwegian Gem receives strong, positive remarks from guests. We suggest, however, you avoid the 5 ounce filet. Cagney's Steakhouse is located on Deck 13. There is a 25USD per person charge to dine at Cagney's Steakhouse.
On Deck 12 Norwegian Gem's La Cucina Italian restaurant serves traditional Italian cuisine. Antipasti, bean soup, Minestrone Soup, and salads are starters. With a selection of pastas and sauces, you can choose your own first course. For pizza, there's also a create your own as well as three house specialties. Second course menu items include Veal Marsala, vegetarian manicotti, chicken parmesan, and Salmon Francesca accompanied by side dishes. Macadamia nut ice cream, strawberry cheesecake, chocolate velvet cake, and Tiramisu are dessert choices. Norwegian Gem's La Cucina restaurant receives good guest reviews for food quality. Per person charge is 10USD at La Cucina onboard Nowegian Gem.
Norwegian Gem's Le Bistro French restaurant does an excellent job serving food one might expect to see on a typical French restaurant menu. There are cold appetizers such as lettuce with vinaigrete, lobster & scallop martini, and chilled halibut. Goat cheese tarts, steamed mussels in white wine, and Escargots Bourguinonne are featured warm appetizers. Soups include French Onion and Cream of Mushroom, and grilled Turbot fillet, shrimo encrusted salmon, braised short ribs, and duck l'orange are among main entrees. Of course there's a selection of cheeses, apple tarts, crÃ¨me brulee, and chocolate mousse for dessert. Le Bistro onboard Norwegian Gem is well worth a visit, and we suggest you try the cream of mushroom soup! There's a 20USD per person charge to dine at Le Bistro. Le Bistro is on Norwegian Gem's Deck 6.
Orchid Garden Asian Restaurant:
Orchid Garden Asian restaurant onboard Norwegian Gem is your place for sophisticated Asian cuisine. This restaurant receives great reviews from guests! Miso Soup, Peking Duck Crepes, and Mandarin Prawn Salad are just a few of the starters. There are noodle and rice selections including Wok dishes, Pad Thai, and Lo Mein. Seared Ahi Tuna, Szechuan Beef, Spicy Seafood Hot Pots, Tofu and Vegetables, and Chicken with Snow Peas number among main entree selections, but you can also opt for individual entree choices such as Seafood Diablo and Chicken Yakisoba. The Orchid Garden has teppanyaki entree selections and Ginza Entree combinations. For dessert, there's ginger crÃ¨me brulee, Thai Banana Pancakes, Green Tea Ice Cream, and Passion Fruit Cheesecake. There's a 15USD charge per person to dine at Orchid Garden - and we suggest you plan at least one night at the Norwegian Gem's Orchid Garden! Orchid Garden is located on Norwegian Gem's Deck 7.
Sushi and Sake Bar:
A nice selection of sushi is featured in the Norwegian Gem's Sushi and Sake Bar. This Sushi Bar is a great place for sake! All drinks are at current menu prices, and there's a 15USD per person charge if you wish to make a dinner of sushi. Norwegian Gem's sushi bar is located on Deck 7.
The Teppanyaki restaurant onboard Norwegian Gem provides you dinner with style as chefs prepare your menu selections on the classic griddle (think Benihana at sea). The Teppanyaki grill on the Norwegian Gem receives positive guest reviews for overall dining experience as well as food quality. There's a 25USD per person charge to dine at the Tepanyaki grill and the restaurant is located on Norwegian Gem's Deck 7.
Tequila Latin Tapas Restaurant:
At Tequila Latin Tapas restaurant onboard Norwegian Gem, you'll find a nice assortment of Tex Mex and Southwestern cuisine. Appetizers, soups, and salads include taquitos, nachos, quesadillas. Tostada salad, and tortilla soup. Mexican seafood dishes, fajitas, barbecued pork ribs, veggie enchiladas, and Tex-Mex Burgers are among main dishes. Berry Tostadas, cinnamon churros, and flan number among desserts. Norwegian Gem's Tequila Latin Tapas Restaurant is located on Deck 8, and there's a 10USD per person charge for guests dining at Tequila Tapas restaurant.
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Tips for Alternative Dining onboard Norwegian Gem:
Casual attire is fine and very much in keeping with Norwegian Cruise Lines Freestyle cruising.
We do suggest no shorts or jeans after 6:00pm.
For all alternative restaurants, you will need to make reservations once you are aboard ship. Generally, it is a good idea to reserve dining sooner than later.
Hours open are based upon itinerary.
Per person dining charges do not include specialty drinks, wine, and beer.
How much should I tip at the Alternative Dining Restaurants (Cagney's Steakhouse, La Cucina, Le Bistro, Orchid Garden Asian, Sushi Bar, Teppanyaki, Tequila Latin Tapas Restaurant) on the Norwegian Gem? First, bear in mind that all alcoholic beverages that you pay for will have a gratuity added. The cover charge does include gratuity, however, you may wish to consider giving an extra gratuity to the waiter or waitress who has served you. If the service is exceptional, giving the waiter $5 per person would be most appreciated.