Review of American Empress deck 4 (Vista View)
Vista View Deck layout shows a ship-around promenade balcony perfect for strolling around the ship.
The fore-located Navigation Bridge (called “Pilot House” or "Wheelhouse" on riverboats) is passenger-accessible.
Open between 6 am-11 pm, the “River Grill & Bar” offers buffet-style (self-service) Breakfast (6-10 am, incl made-to-order omelet station, and station for bacon, toasts, oatmeal, eggs), Buffet Luncheon (11:30-2 pm, incl seafood, chicken, brisket, salads, made-to-order sandwich station), Alfresco Lunch (11:30-1:30 pm), Alfresco Dinner (6-8:30 pm). This is the ship’s alternative/casual dining restaurant with both indoor (55 seats) and outdoor seating (with wooden rocking chairs). It also serves Afternoon Tea (4-4:30 pm) with light food choices (sandwiches, cakes, ice cream, popcorn, cookies). River Grill’s dinner menu features fresh salads, soups, salmon (smoked, grilled), Dungeness crab, prime steaks. This lounge has a white-marble full bar and floor-ceiling windows and glass doors, which all can be opened if weather permits. There is a complimentary self-service coffee corner (espresso/cappuccino) and soda machine. River Grille’s dinners require reservations and are generally limited to 2 dinners per person per 7-night cruise. Dinner menu always has starters, salad and vegetarian options, entrees (incl salmon, lobster, lamb, prime steaks, filet mignon). The Grill’s outdoor area is the only smoking-allowed area on the ship.
Vista View Deck cruise cabins from 401 to 420, of which 6x category A (“Veranda Suites”), 12x category B (“Veranda Staterooms”), and 1x category B (“Superior Veranda” /forward-starboard location).