Norwegian Gem Main Dining Rooms
Norwegian Cruise Line created Freestyle Dining -- a flexible approach to dining in the restaurant of your choice, at the time that is convenient for you. The main dining rooms, The Magenta and The Grand Pacific, are the largest restaurants on the Norwegian Gem. You can almost always show up without a reservation and be seated right away.
Magenta restaurant on Norwegian Gem is located on Deck 6. Magenta is the smaller main dining room. Light, healthy cuisine is the specialty here, but generally there's something for just about every appetite. Starters include crab dip, fruit, and soups such as chilled apple bisque and beet soup. Entrees featured in the Magenta dining room on Norwegian Gem include grilled salmon, lean burgers, and fusili pasta and barbecued pork are among main entrees featured on the lunch menu, and for dinner expect to find beef, fish, poultry, and vegetarian selections. For dessert you will find pies, berries served in Grand Marnier sauce, fruit, and ice cream among your choices.
The Grand Pacific:
The Grand Pacific dining room on Norwegian Gem is aft on Deck 6. The decor of Grand Pacific takes you back to the dining elegance of the Matson Line Ships which sailed to Hawaii. The Grand Pacific is the larger, more elegant main dining room where you can expect a menu which will include traditional favorites as well as more contemporary cuisine. The Norwegian Gem's Grand Pacific restaurant receives some very strong guest reviews, particularly from Bahamas cruisers.
Tips for the Norwegian Gem's Main Dining Rooms
Breakfast is served from 7:00am to 9:00am, lunch is from noon to 2:30pm, and dinner hours are from 5:30pm to midnight.
Bare feet, jeans, shorts, tank tops, and swim wear are not permitted. As a rule, shorts and jeans are not permitted after 6:00pm. For gentlemen, smart casual such as slacks and polo style shirts are more appropriate at dinner time.
Meals are no cost, but special beverages, wines, beer, and soft drinks may be purchased via current bar menu.
When ordering steaks and other meats, specify your grilling preference.
Guest Reviews of Norwegian Gem's Main Dining Rooms
There are some recent, periodic concerns about overall staff attentiveness and problems with food temperature (entrees too cold, salads too warm...) on Norwegian Gem. However, keep in mind that kitchen staff change frequently - this may no longer be a concern onboard Norwegian Gem.
Neither main dining room onboard Norwegian Gem receives outstanding praise for desserts.
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NCL Freestyle Dining onboard Norwegian Gem
Throughout your Norwegian Gem cruise, you'll be able to savor cuisine as you wish on your time! From 5:45pm to midnight, both main dining rooms provide first come, first serve seating. Wait time is usually 20 minutes, and parties of ten plus may be accommodated at different tables. All tips / the tipping policy for the main dining room does apply. Check out our article on NCL Freestyle Dining for additional information.