Viking Spirit Dining
The attractive and intimate dining room seats 150, primarily in tables of four and six; there are two that seat eight. We loved the completely open seating, which encourages mingling among the guests and makes it easy to meet and get to know several passengers on the cruise. Like the other public rooms, it is furnished in a comfortable and casual Scandinavian style in soft blue, warm rust and beige tones and has large picture windows. Breakfast consists of a basic American buffet and you can also order omelettes, pancakes and french toast from your server. However, the buffet was often depleted well before the end of breakfast time and many passengers weren't aware that they could order something made to order. The fruit selection could also be improved, as sometimes it was canned, and other times over- or under-ripe. An early-bird breakfast of coffee, tea, fruit juice and small pastries is also available at 6 a.m. each morning.
The lunch buffet featured salads and some small sandwiches plus a couple of hot entree options such as pasta. All of the food is brought onboard in either Germany or Austria, which also influenced the type of deli meats served at breakfast and lunch.
Dinner was a fixed menu, with one or two entree and appetizer choices. The food had a continental European flavor to it with German and Austrian specialties included. Each evening had a theme such as Advent dinner which was very much like the traditional turkey and cranberry sauce Thanksgiving dinner we enjoy at home; the German dinner featured duck and pike fish, and the Austrian dinner featured Weiner Snitzel. We had the option of choosing prime rib or chicken as an alternative entree every night, however, the medium-rare prime rib I ordered was more like a well-done pan-fried rib steak rather than the thick juicy slice of roasted prime rib I was expecting. Overall, the food was good, but could have been better and we were a bit disappointed, expecting a slightly higher quality and consistency.
Tea is also served each afternoon, which consisted of small cakes and Lipton tea. Coffee, tea, iced tea and water are also available outside the lounge all day and night. There is no room service.