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Aegean Odyssey Dining

4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating
110 reviews
7 Awards
Editor Rating
Very Good
Robert Jenkins
Cruise Critic Contributor

Free Dining

Kitchen staff are overwhelmingly eager to satisfy passenger requests -- whether it is providing breakfast after official hours or making a special portion of curry with a little extra kick. Because the ship is a one-off, it's not bound to corporate menus, so there's typically a local cuisine choice at lunch and dinner. Aegean Odyssey has two dining venues, one a buffet and one with table service. The menus at both are nearly identical, so for lunch and dinner you simply need to decide whether you'd prefer to select your own food or order from a menu and be served.

The Marco Polo Dining Room (Deck 3): Located on the lowest passenger deck, serves only lunch and dinner, essentially more formal than the Terrace Cafe.


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The lunch menu includes two appetisers, plus a soup and salad. There is always a pasta dish, plus three main course choices and a sandwich option. There are also three dessert choices. The dinner menus, following the same menu format as lunch, but with more choices for each course, might include fruits de mer, herb roast loin of New Zealand lamb or crispy duck a l'orange. Vegetarian and healthy items are available, and passengers can request specific foods in the Marco Polo if they give the galley staff a day's notice. Premium wines are also available for an additional charge.

Open noon to 2 p.m. for lunch and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner.

The Terrace Cafe and Grill (Deck 6): All three meals are self-service from a circular buffet. The service is efficient and there is seldom a queue for food. Waiters swoop in to carry diners' plates to the tables and serve drinks to the tables.

Breakfasts feature pastries, scrambled eggs, bacon, smoked salmon, cold cuts and a rotation of other hot standbys, including waffles, pancakes, hash browns, porridge and eggs Benedict. In a nod to British passengers' tastes, you'll also find grilled tomatoes, baked beans, sauteed mushrooms and kippers. Cereals, yoghurt and fresh fruit can be found on a separate table at the opposite side of the dining room.

At lunch and dinner, you'll typically find a variety of five or more salads, including tossed ones and those made with pasta and various vegetables; two soups, one cold (and sometimes sweet); a hot pasta; a carved meat; a portions of meat and fish (baked pork chop, Malaysian-style snapper with lemon-coconut sauce or braised veal leg with mushroom sauce, for example); grilled items (ranging from minute steaks to burgers); a stir-fry; a vegetarian main course; and an assortment of hot side dishes. At the back of the restaurant, a large table features a buffet of desserts (one sugar-free) and two varying choices of ice cream. There is always fresh fruit and, at dinner, a cheese selection as well.

Diners in the Terrace Cafe may choose to eat outdoors, by exiting the rear of the restaurant onto the ship's stern. About two-thirds of the tables are shaded by a tarpaulin, while those closest to the rail are not.

Afternoon tea is served from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. (not offered on some days when the ship is in port) and features scones, pastries, finger sandwiches and hors d'oeuvres. It is available in both the Terrace Grill indoors and its adjacent open-air seating.

Open from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a m for breakfast, noon to 2 p.m. for lunch and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner.

Charleston Lounge (Deck 6): Located midships on the Promenade Deck, the Charleston Lounge is a central point meeting point. In the early evening many guests congregate here for a drink and for the entertainment by a pianist and musicians. In the afternoon, the the lounge is popular as a spot to read a book or join in the daily quiz with the Cruise Director. At night, late night snacks are served, including: Chocolate dipped strawberries, mini cakes & tarts, mini fish cakes, meatballs, filo prawns, vegetarian tart-lets and mini chicken kebabs. Hors d'oeuvres and snacks are served at 5 p.m. and again at 10:30 p.m.

Lido Deck (Deck 8): The Lido deck is the sunbathing area with ample sun lounger beds and sun parasols. The swimming pool is sea water and not heated but provides a great opportunity for a dip to cool off on a hot day. The Lido Deck also provides a shaded soft seating area where tea and coffee is available throughout the day. Continental Breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. and consists of a selection of pastries, yoghurts and fresh fruit plus tea (including a large selection of Twining's teas) and coffee and fruit juices. The Lido Deck also provides access to the Lido Bar located on the Observation Deck and looks over the Lido Deck & swimming pool area. Continental breakfast is served by the pool from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Coffee and tea are available 24 hours a day.

Room service: Room service is available for continental breakfast only, but there are no request forms to hang outside your door. Passengers must instead call reception with their selections.

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