Posted May 14th, 2013, 02:47 AM
Dnkram - Thanks so much for taking the time to "bring us along" on your cruise. I'm enjoying the commentary very much. Your experiences are sounding very similar to those of ours, last spring, on Avalon along the same route. Am I understanding you correctly that Viking is providing complimentary wine/beer at both lunch and dinner? We only received the "free" wine/beer at dinner on Avalon last year. There was also a nearly-hidden bottle of champagne available at breakfasts, as well. Also, I know exactly what you mean about the seating arrangements at dinner. Certainly not as "elegant" as what the pictures in the brochures would infer. The doors swing open, and the "Hoards of Europe" would swarm in!
We rather preferred to "eat alone" and there was just one single table for two to be had, right inside the entrance door. Needless to say, we always made sure that we were "first in line" when those doors opened each evening. I understand all the reasons/limitations - but it was a bit "off-putting". Hope you continue to have a wonderful cruise. And as you correctly describe, "the food was adequate but not 5-star". Best Regards.