Viking Odin Dining
Glass wine racks and a real kumquat tree grace the entrance of the main dining room, where pale decor says contemporary without being distracting. Fresh flowers are on the tables (fresh fruit as a centerpiece at breakfast), and glass windows line two sides of the expansive space. A large buffet area is located in the center.
Meals in the main dining room are served open-seating, at set times (which can vary slightly depending on the itinerary). Breakfast (typically 7 to 9 a.m.) is served buffet-style with an omelet station and variety of other choices that include oatmeal with toppings, cheeses and meats. Or you can order pancakes, French toast and eggs from your waiter. Lunch (noon to 2 p.m.) includes a salad bar enhanced by such treats as pate. Again, you also have a choice of ordering from a menu with a featured entree, pastas or sandwiches.
Dinner (typically at 7 p.m.) features a full menu with four hot or cold starters (you can order one or more) and three entrees (usually a fish, meat and vegetarian option). In addition to sweet desserts, there's a daily cheese plate reflecting local selections (Gouda, Bavarian blue, etc.). Always-available choices include grilled salmon, charbroiled New York-cut steak and Caesar salad.
The dining room is configured with tables for four, six, eight and one for 10. Five tables can be separated by a few inches for those wanting dinner for two (though not with that much privacy).
For those who can't get enough of the passing views and fresh air, the Aquavit Terrace offers a more casual alternative and is the preferred place to be at lunchtime (noon to 2 p.m.) on a sunny day.
Expanding on a concept introduced on Viking Prestige in 2011, the space connects the ship's main lounge to basically a conservatory-style room with a glass ceiling and sides that open, leading to a true alfresco dining area with nine tables on the ship's bow. Glass windbreaks block some breezes, and infrared heaters warm things up on chillier days. There are also three tables and comfy garden-like couches in the glassed-in space for those who want views without breezes.
The Aquavit menu is a streamlined buffet of salads, hot soup and a couple of entree choices, such as carved meats or curried chicken sandwiches at lunch. For dinner (7 to 9 p.m.), you can choose from items like Caesar salad, burgers (cooked on a gas grill) and pastas.
If you want privacy, there are take-out containers you can use to bring your meal up to the top sun deck to eat at the bar in the lounge or even on your cabin balcony. (There is no room service.)
Red and white house wine, beer and soft drinks are complimentary at lunch and dinner. You can also purchase a recommended wine each day, including local varietals like Riesling, by the bottle or glass.
As a quick breakfast alternative, coffee and pastries are available in the ship's lounge. Two coffee stations in the upper atrium are also open 24/7 and have self-service machines that can produce lattes and cappuccinos, with mini-pastries offered in the morning and cookies in the afternoon.