Viking Star: Tasty Meals with a Scandinavian Twist

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Meals and drinks about this vessel are designed to suit any discerning pallet. For those who enjoy the occasional bloody mary or “dirty banana” by the pool, Viking offers a “Silver Beverage” all-inclusive package that includes champagne and spirits, cocktails and aperitifs as well as premium wines available in all bars and dining venues. A small but nice touch: you do not have to sign chits at any bar; instead, your stateroom is directly billed.

As for dining venues, The Restaurant is the primary restaurant. The two specialty restaurants are Manfredi’s (classic Italian) and The Chef’s Table featuring five-course “tasting” menus. The buffet is called the World Café. Casual fare can be found at the Nordic Deli called Mamsen’s and at the Pool Grill. There is no extra charge to dine in any of these.

Everyone is guaranteed a reservation in each of the specialty restaurants, if they so desire, and these may be made online before the cruise or embarkation day. After that, reservations are pretty much first come, first served.

The casual fare on board is creative and uniformly good. Mamsen’s offers Nordic specialties like shrimp salad, steak tartare and Swedish pancakes.

The Pool Grill serves up super-sized hot dogs, Reuben sandwiches, cheeseburgers cooked to order, grilled mahi-mahi, chicken wings and a plentiful array of salads.

Lastly, note that each afternoon a full tea is served in the lovely Wintergarten. You choose your type of tea from a menu of nearly 20 varieties, with your tea brewed to your personal taste from loose tea leaves. And, yes, there are scones — clotted cream and strawberry jam!

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