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Tips for Cruising with a Special Diet

A cruise vacation is one of the best trips for someone with a dietary restriction. When you cruise with Norwegian, you won't have to worry that your nutritional limitations will keep you from having the vacation of your life.

Norwegian’s chefs are trained to prepare food for a variety of diets — vegetarian, sugar-free, gluten-free and more. Norwegian makes an effort to accommodate all passenger dietary needs and to provide suitable alternatives on request for those with food allergies or other special needs.

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Specialty Dining on Norwegian Cruise Line: Teppanyaki

My love affair with food began at birth, and my love affair with Norwegian Cruise Line began a decade ago on our first cruise to Alaska. My husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary aboard Norwegian Pearl, sailing Glacier Bay. We followed that up with another Alaska cruise on Norwegian Star, and then made the life-changing decision to move from Deep South Texas to the wilds of Juneau, Alaska…I blame the whole move on Norwegian, and the chance they gave us to experience God’s country.

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Benefits of Buying a Cruise Beverage Package

One of Norwegian Cruise Line’s greatest appeals is the complimentary amenities included in your trip package. Not only are almost all of the ships’ greatest assets at your fingertips for free, but you also never have to spend an extra dime to eat!  The main dining room, as well as the buffets and several cafes throughout the ship, are also included with the cost of your cruise. I don’t know about you, but unlimited access to savory meals, sophisticated delicacies, and sweet desserts is my idea of a vacation fantasy.

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Cruise Recipes: Mojitos & Hemingway in Paradise

Ernest Hemingway once said, “Don’t bother with churches, government buildings or city squares; if you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars.” When you set sail aboard Norwegian Sun, you can follow the famous writer’s advice by visiting some of his preferred hangouts (and sipping his favorite cocktails) in Key West and Havana, Cuba. Or if you cruise to Havana on Norwegian Sky, you can also recline on our private island, Great Stirrup Cay, with this classic cocktail.

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Dining On Board Norwegian Cruise Line

Whether you’re a first-time cruiser or an experienced traveler, here is some advice that’s always a helpful reminder: Try something – anything – new every day of your cruise. Granted, such a suggestion is easy to indulge because you’re likely to explore a different port city every day. However, I find that when it comes to food, we tend to stick to the first onboard dining experience we like, rather than explore our way through Norwegian’s diverse culinary selections

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If you’re like many cruisers, you’re probably looking to unwind a bit while you’re on vacation and seriously, what says vacation more than a tropical drink with one of those little umbrellas?? On your Caribbean cruise, you’ll have plenty of time to relax and soak up the rays, while sipping some delicious drink concoction you’ve never even heard of. Here are 6 Must-Try Drinks in the Caribbean!

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Of all the things you can bring home with you from your Alaska cruise: photographs, souvenirs, new friends, memories and tales of adventure; you can now add cocktail recipe to the list. The bartenders at Norwegian Cruise Line have crafted a new cocktail to complement the Alaska cruises, and they are happy to share the recipe with you. Be sure to try it while on board. The new Northern Lights cocktail is a refreshing blend of gin, lime juice, soda and fresh mint. The gin and the mint have cooling properties, much like the fresh, clear waters of Alaska. The name is a nod to the mysterious Northern Lights of the polar north. The taste is invigorating after a long day exploring the sights.

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Wade Cleophas from Norwegian Escape had bested 2500 entries across 13 different cruise lines to win Bacardi’s Legacy Cruise Competition Bartender of the Year. His winning concoction, Legend Reviver, inspired by spices reminiscent of travelling to exotic places, is the perfect drink to enjoy on a cruise vacation. Balanced and smooth, it combines BACARDÍ® OCHO (8) ANOS, star anise infused sweet vermouth, caramel/cinnamon syrup with drops of whisky barrel aged bitters, and a light absinthe mist. For those who cannot wait for their Norwegian cruise to try the Legend Reviver, here’s how you can make this cocktail at home:

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Wade Cleophas has bested competition from more than 2500 entries across 13 different cruise lines to win the title of 2017 BACARDÍ® Legacy Cruise Competition Bartender of the Year with his drink, Legend Reviver. As he prepares to compete in the Global Finals in Berlin, he took some time to give us the inside scoop.

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Almost every cruise virgin has heard a thing or two about the food feast cruises are famous for. Norwegian offers both complimentary options in the buffets and main dining rooms, as well as a diverse range of Specialty Dining restaurants. To help maximize your food and beverage budget, here are some helpful cruise dining hacks:

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Cruise cuisine from cruise ship restaurants and menus you must try

Embark on a cruise and you might find yourself snorkeling an underwater reef in brilliant blue waters, or tackling a rock climbing wall, or sunning by the pool, drink in hand, or belting out your favorite tune in the karaoke bar. What you won’t find yourself doing is going hungry. When it comes to dining on board, there’s something for everyone, and plenty of it. Not only will you eat on a cruise, but you’ll eat well. And just because the cruise food is complimentary, that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Dishes you’d expect to pay a premium for at your favorite restaurants come included in the price of your cruise. And as you might expect from a ship that travels the world, much of the cuisine is internationally inspired. Cruise ship menus present a great opportunity to experience new tastes without breaking the bank. From the main dining room to room service, the complimentary cuisine promises not to disappoint.

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It’s tempting to make your cruise vacation that time of year where you totally let go and feast your way from bow to stern. And with all the amazing onboard selections, it’s not as if there’s reason to skimp! However, if you are concerned about returning to dry land with ten extra pounds, abandon these fears at once. Here are some suggestions for healthy and delicious offerings to pile on your plate.

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Ever since I visited the picturesque cobblestone streets of Old San Juan many years ago, I’ve been in love with this beautiful destination that just oozes culture. Maybe it has something to do with the vibrant buildings and their wrought-iron verandas teeming with colorful flowers, or Old San Juan’s history dating back to the 16th-century. Or maybe it’s the cats, so many cats!

Whatever it may be, I truly have a love affair with Old San Juan. The warmth of the people and their dedication to preserving their culture is second to none. As you wander the narrow streets, you’ll see their pride displayed through museums and galleries filled with artwork, and did I mention the restaurants? Puerto Ricans really know how to enjoy food! With so many amazing places to eat, let’s take a look at a few of my favorites.

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Must Try Specialty Restaurant Dishes

One of my absolute favorite things to do on board a cruise besides drinking poolside is indulging in the food! If you’re a first time cruiser, let me tell you, you’re going to have options. Norwegian has up to 27 different dining venues to choose from, more than any other cruise line! Complimentary venues will offer either a sit down experience with rotating menus or buffet style dining. If you're looking to elevate your dining experience, I highly recommend you make your way to the award-winning Specialty Restaurants. If you’re not sure where to start, here are our suggestions for must try Specialty Restaurant dishes.

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While cruising the Southern Caribbean with Norwegian Cruise Line, you’ll have plenty of time to go ashore for adventure. One of the best ways to get to know a place is to commune with the locals, and the quickest way to know the locals is to share their foods. In the Caribbean that often means street foods, and there are as many different foods to choose from as there are islands. We’ve assembled a few of the delicacies here.

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While enjoying your Eastern Caribbean cruise you'll have plenty of time to go off board and commune with the friendly locals. When you do, why not live like the locals do? There's no better way to explore the culture of a place than to enjoy some of the local delicacies. In the Caribbean that means street food. We've explored each of the islands and are happy to report back the most popular foods to enjoy on the go.

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