If you’ve ever been on an ocean cruise, you know that service is important. The downside on a cruise is there’s about 4000+ passengers to take care of. On Viking, they’ve taken it up a notch. As a passenger, I felt like a VIP. It’s a smaller ship, which means fewer passengers… Only 160, and 80 employees on staff.
Our mealtimes has only one service time, and dinner was at 7:00 pm. It’s open seating, but the tables are in seating of 6 so you’re forced to mingle and meet new friends. If you wanted to be more of a hermit, they do have dining upstairs in the Terrace Aquavit, but the menu is a set one, unlike the changing one in the formal dining room.
This cruise is definitely catered to the “American” tourist. Ice in the glass, and Splenda or Equal sweetener for your coffee. The only thing that was missing was a straw for my diet coke. The dining staff was spot on. The drinks (wine and beer included) were always refilled, water glasses never empty, and dishes cleared quickly. The food was excellent and well presented. I was very impressed with the first night’s dinner.