Review of MS Maud deck 5 (Restaurants-Science Center)
Deck 5 layout starts with Maud Science Centre - an edutainment venue with forward location / at the bow (on the below photo). Maud Science Centre is a large "scientific lounge" (research lab) packed with high-tech gadgets (including microscopes and touch screens) and latest digital technology equipment. The venue consists of Library, Lecture Halls, Photo Center (photo- and video-processing studio), Conference Room, Expedition Team Room, dedicated areas for themed educational activities (workshops in biology, marine life, geography, photography, etc), Bar. Hurtigruten's Expedition Team provides here passengers with scientific information and technology assistance.
Science Centre's main function is to host multimedia presentations and lectures by scientists and wildlife experts, and watching Norway-themed films throughout the voyage (no onboard show program). The venue has its own full-service Bar, dance floor, live music entertainment, floor-ceiling windows (on both sides), comfortable seating (armchairs and sofas).
The ship’s two Lecture Halls are generally used for business-, large group- and private meetings, anniversary events, etc. They host exclusively multimedia presentations and lectures by scientists and wildlife experts throughout the voyage (otherwise stays closed /no onboard show program). There is a seating area (with small tables and chairs), which is a nice place for relaxation, reading or enjoying the Norwegian coastline scenery along the MS Maud itinerary route through the floor-ceiling rounded windows here.
The Information Center (Tour Leader) provides info on the ship’s daily activities, an “art guide” (for all the onboard artworks on display). The Info Center also serves the cruise company’s program for booking Hurtigruten tours/shore excursions, among which are dog sledging, bus tours to small towns (embarkation in the next port along the Midnatsol itinerary), “Northern Lights” and “North Cape” themed excursions.
The midship located Boutique Shop sells mostly Norwegian souvenirs and gifts, with some Hurtigruten logo merchandise, limited toiletries, jewellery, also postcards and toys (stuffed animals). There is a range of practical and warm clothing, with a focus on fabrics with natural fibres.
On MS Maud is implemented "Norway's Coastal Kitchen" - Hurtigruten's new food sourcing program with freshest ingredients from local suppliers delivered at the ports along the Norwegian coast. The Maud vessel has three restaurants - Aune (main dining room), Fredheim (casual fast food and vegan alternatives) and Lindstrom (fine dining venue / specialty restaurant named after Roald Amundsen's Chef Adolf Lindstrom).
Midship-portside is the Lindstrom Specialty Restaurant. Suite-category passengers dine complimentary at Lindstrom daily (all-inclusive breakfast and dinner). Other cabin grade passengers can also dine at Lindstrom (breakfast and/or dinner) but at extra charge (a la carte priced menu, premium wine list).
The midship-starboard is the Fredheim Restaurant - the ship's 3rd dining venue, open all day and offering international casual "street food". Fredheim is complimentary only for Suite passengers.
The aft-located Aune Restaurant (Aune Main Dining, fka Imag Restaurant) is the ship's complimentary Dining Room (capacity 335 seats) with floor-ceiling windows, buffet station in the middle, self-service beverage station (for coffee-tea-juices), an outdoor seating area (alfresco terrace). The Galley / Kitchen is adjacent to the Restaurant. Aune Restaurant serves complimentary Breakfast (7-10 am), Lunch (11:30 am - 2:30 pm) and Dinner (2 fixed seatings - at 6:30 or 8:30 pm). Breakfast is buffet-style (bacon, eggs, sausages, cold meats, cheeses, seafood, bread selection, cereals, fruits, porridge, desserts). Lunch is also buffet-style (salads, soups, hot/cold meats, seafood, vegetables, desserts). Dinner is 2-seating and waiter-served (3-course menu, including traditional Scandinavian dishes). Wine by the bottle is offered at extra cost. Hurtigruten has a wine package available for purchase at the Reception. At Dinner additionally is offered a la carte menu items (light snacks, sandwiches, hot meals). Meals are prepared with locally sourced fresh ingredients from the ports of call. Soft drinks, beer, and wine are included for all meals. Tea and coffee are included throughout the day.