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Astoria Dining

3.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating
64 reviews
3 Awards
Editor Rating
Jayne Clark
Cruise Critic Contributor

In general, the food was excellent on our sailing. Entrees include lots of ethnic fare, including Greek and Indian, and vegetarian and/or vegan entrees are offered at every meal. Baked items, most of which are made onboard, are a highlight.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in both the main dining room and the buffet. Menus are identical in both venues for all meals, though in the dining room, you'll get your morning coffee or tea poured at the table. In the buffet, you have to fetch it yourself; waiters do circulate to take drink orders, however.

Both venues -- nicely laid out with tables for four and more -- rarely felt crowded. Fee dining is limited to a room within the main dining room, where a nightly three-course set menu is served. There's also a Chef's Table option.

An exclusive CMV touch: Delicious olive oil, produced by the line's owners from their groves in Greece, is a staple on every table.

Late-night snacks are passed in the public lounges from 11 to 11:30 p.m.

Free continental breakfast is offered, if ordered before midnight, but you'll pay for other room service fare.

Free Dining

Olissipo Restaurant (Deck 3)
Meals: Breakfast (B), lunch (L), dinner (D)
Dinner (6 to 8:30 p.m.) includes a choice of several appetizers, plus soup and salad, and a selection of four main courses, four or so desserts and cheeses. There's also a vegetarian menu with a couple of appetizer/salad/soup options and two entree choices, including one that's usually vegan. Sample dinner entrees are set out to view as you enter the dining room, so you can get a look at options before ordering.

Lunch (noon to 1:30 p.m.) includes a salad bar with a make-your-own option, plus an array of premade salads.

Lotus Grill Buffet (Deck 4a)
Meals: B, L, D and Snacks (S)
Early-bird breakfast is 6:30 to 7 a.m.; lunch runs noon to 2 p.m.; followed by afternoon tea, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; and dinner from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The menus echo those served in the main dining room, but this is the go-to spot if you're seeking a quick, informal meal.

Fee Dining

The Steakhouse (Deck 3); £24.99 (about $30)
Meals: D
A three-course menu is served nightly in a semi-private room in the Olissipo Restaurant. It's open during regular dinner hours.

Chef's Table (Deck 3), £54.99 (about $70)
Meals: D
Celebrate a special occasion with a meal prepared just for you and your party.

Room Service: Other than Continental breakfast, the limited room-service menu -- salads, sandwiches, pasta, desserts -- comes with a la carte pricing.

A number of beverage packages are also available.

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