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The 930-passenger Viking Star of Viking Cruises has five different main dining rooms, with a variety of styles and ambiance. The mid-sized ship does not have formal nights, and all dining rooms are elegant casual in the evening. Although the ship has two excellent specialty restaurants, neither has an extra surcharge. The ship can accommodate most special diets. Guests should notify their travel agent when booking of any dietary allergies or special requirements.
The dining venues on the Viking Star are very similar to her sister ship the Viking Sea.
Beer, wine, and soft drinks are available during lunch and dinner at no extra charge for all guests.
The Viking Star also has a Pool Grill serving burgers, hot dogs, fries, etc. starting at lunch and through mid-afternoon. It's perfect for a comfort-food lunch or afternoon snack. Other areas around the ship also serve food. For example, early riser's breakfast is in the Viking Living Room and tea and snacks are served in the... Wintergarden each afternoon.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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The Restaurant on the Viking Star
Three meals are served each day in The Restaurant, all from a menu. Menus for lunch and dinner change every 14 days.
Most passengers have dinner in The Restaurant. Reservations can be made on the ship or in advance of sailing, depending on the cabin category.
The variety of selections at dinner is impressive. The left side of the dinner menu changes each evening, with a choice of 5 or 6 starters, 5 main courses, and 2 or 3 desserts. The right side of the menu provides the chef's recommendation of a regional tasting menu. This side also lists the classic foods that are always available at dinner (e.g. Caesar salad, shrimp cocktail, grilled chicken, steak, poached salmon, cheesecake, fruit plate, cheese plate, creme brulee, and a half-dozen side dishes).Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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World Cafe on the Viking Star
The World Cafe is the Viking Star's buffet dining venue, and it is found aft on deck 7. The World Cafe is open for three meals each day, and tea and coffee are available 24/7. The complimentary coffee machine even makes all sorts of specialty coffees like cappucino or latte. One unusual feature of the World Cafe is the use of open kitchens, so guests can watch the chefs cooking while they browse the buffet.
The buffet has plenty of seating and although the ship was full on my sailing, the lines were practically non-existent. The breakfast buffet features favorites from around the world, with grits for those of us from the South and mushrooms, cheeses, salad items, and cold cuts for Europeans.
The food is varied and tastes good. I was surprised to find such premium items as a delicious selection of sushi items and a seafood buffet at the World Cafe for dinner. The dessert section also always has a nice selection of 10 different ice creams and sorbets, at no extra charge. That was a... great surprise for an ice cream lover like me!
Guests can dine either inside or take their plates outdoors and sit on the Aquavit Terrace, which is aft of the World Cafe.Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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Mamsen's Cafe on the Viking Star
Mamsen's is a small take-away venue in the Explorer's Lounge forward on deck 7 of the Viking Star cruise ship. This delicious spot salutes the ship's Norwegian roots, with a variety of Scandinavian selections like waffles and brown cheese.
Mamsen's is open for early riser's and late riser's breakfast, lunch, and afternoon and late night snacks. Mamsen's is named in honor of Viking founder Torstein Hagen's mother, and she is in the black and white photo on the wall behind the cafe.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Chef's Table Restaurant on the Viking Star
The Chef's Table is one of the two specialty restaurants that are open for dinner only on the Viking Star cruise ship. The Chef's Table does not have an extra surcharge, but guests should have a reservation. These reservations can be made in advance of sailing, with the number of reservations and time being dependent on the cabin category. Reservations can also be made onboard.
The menu at The Chef's Table changes every 9 days and is a fixed wine pairing and tasting menu. The Chef's Table menu on our cruise was a "Sweet & Salty" menu. This five-course menu featured witty pairings of these two favorite tastes:
Amuse Bouche -- Tomato & Watermelon Gazpacho. This thick soup had tomato, watermelon, and cucumber chunks, all enhanced with fresh basil. Tasted much better than it sounds and was a big hit at our table. Wine was a white one--Muscadet Sevre et Maine, Sur Lie, Domaine des Hautes Cottieres.
First Course -- Grilled Scallops. We had 3 sea (large) scallops... accompanied by beet roots. A rose wine--Vaidecella, Rosado, Epilense de Vinos y Vinedos.
Granita - Prosciutto & Melon. This icy palate cleanser was a cantaloupe flavor with a crispy piece of fried prosciutto (which tasted like yummy crispy bacon to me).
Main Course -- Veal tenderloin with a whipped pumpkin side dish and red onion marmalade. Veal was outstanding and you could cut with a fork. Red wine -- Brise Marine, Rouge, Estandon.
Dessert -- Strawberry and Basil Delight. Bavarian creme (like a mousse) made with Grand Marnier, accompanied by a basil jelly and strawberry sauce, topped with black Hawaiian lava salt and accompanied by a macaron. After dinner wine -- Vin Santo Cristina delta Valdichiana.
If all The Chef's Table dinners are as interesting as this one, this intimate space should quickly become a favorite on the ship.Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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Manfredi's Restaurant on the Viking Star
Manfredi's Italian Restaurant is open for dinner on the Viking Star and was one of the best restaurants I've ever enjoyed on any ship. The selections were amazing, and the tastes equaled their menu description. Manfredi's is named after Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, who is the Chairman of Silversea Cruises and a friend of Viking Cruises' Chairman Torstein Hagen.
Like The Chef's Table, Manfredi's does not have a surcharge, but the number and timing of reservations are dependent on the cabin category.
Many of the dishes at Manfredi's are Italian favorites like caprese salad, pasta e fagioli soup, osso buco, veal scaloppini, and a selection of pasta dishes. The menu has a "fish of the day" that many guests raved about each evening after dinner, and a nice selection of vegetarian options.
I liked Manfredi's so much that I dined there twice on a five night cruise! These three dishes were my favorites:
- Beef tartare
- Tiger shrimp pasta
- Rib eye steak (steak Florentine)