Star Clipper Dining
All meals are served in a single, open seating. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style; dinner is ordered from a five-course menu (appetizer, soup, sorbet, entree, salad, cheese and dessert). The fare is simple but tasty, generally with two choices per course, with an added "Chef's Suggestion" for the main course. There is always one vegetarian selection and steak with French fries is offered as a nightly alternative.
Consistent with the overall style of the ship, the dining room carries on the nautical theme. Carpeting is rich blue with a pattern of ropes and knots in contrasting yellows and golds, colors echoed in the upholstery of both banquettes and bentwood caneback chairs. Polished thick hardwood tables on sturdy polished brass legs and glossy varnished mahogany paneling complete the accents. A permanent buffet station in the room's center is sandwiched between rows of narrow, oval-shaped tables for eight. Banquette seating for four or six runs along the walls. There are no tables for two, but we had no problem finding private seating in one of the banquettes -- though to be fair, it should be pointed out that the week we reviewed the ship it was at about 65 percent capacity.
Breakfast buffets were very complete for as small a passenger complement as Star Clipper carries. There is an egg and omelet station. The self-serve stations include the usual choices: fruit, cereal, breakfast meats, cheeses, etc. Because of the eclectic mix of passenger nationalities, portions of the buffet are geared to European tastes.
Lunch was a less satisfying proposition, with the only standout being the daily carving station; most of the self-serve choices were uninspired.
Service is efficient and trustworthy; the waiters know the menu selections, and you can depend on their recommendations. There are no spa or "healthy" options per se, though between the vegetarian selection, salad and the lighter of the two soup choices a serviceable low-cal, low-carb meal can be cobbled together.
In addition to the three standard meals, there is an early-bird breakfast in the lounge at 6 a.m.; an afternoon snack, consisting of hors d'oeuvres, finger sandwiches and pastries at the outdoor tropical bar at 5:30 p.m.; and late-night snacks in the lounge at 11:30 p.m. Room service is not available.