Meals are served in an intimate dining room adjacent to the salon. Two picture windows, mirrors and wooden buffets topped with faux green marble and etched glass panels depicting dolphins and whales set a seafaring scene. One long table dominates the room, seating all 12 passengers at once. Though the table is dressed with a white cloth and candles (for dinner), the service tends to be informal. It's not unusual for meals to be delayed or interrupted by wildlife sightings-a culinary challenge handled admirably by the chef. As dining plays second fiddle to nature, meals are generally not long, drawn out affairs. That said, there always seems to be something delicious to nibble, be it cherry turnovers for early risers or garlic prawns at cocktail hour.
Each day, the chef makes an appearance at breakfast -- while guests dine on waffles with fresh strawberries, omelets, reindeer sausage -- and describes the two dinner entrees, the only official menu choices. Unofficially, you may simply pop into the galley to discuss special dietary needs. Menus feature freshly caught fish. Once a cruise, an all-you-can-eat crab feed takes place. It's held on the back deck, weather permitting. Pre-selected wines, one white, one red, accompany dinner. All beverages are included in the fare and are available at any time.