Review of MS VistaExplorer deck 3 (Upper-Lobby-Lounge-Restaurant)
The fore-located Panorama Lounge (Salon-Bar) is the boat's show lounge with floor-ceiling windows, comfortable seating, dance floor, electronic piano. The Salon-Bar also serves the cruise company's onboard enrichment program and as entertainment offers live music performances, crew shows, playing cards, and board games, bingo, popular quizzes, skat tournaments, napkin folding lessons, themed dance parties in the evenings. Open bar and table drinks like draft beers, house wines, soft drinks (sodas, juices, mineral water), tea, and coffee (from 8 am to 12-midnight) are provided complimentary (included in the cruise fares). The traditional Captain's Reception (cocktail party) is a formal event held in the Lounge.
Adjacent to the Panoramasalon is the Library - reading lounge with comfortable seating, books, DVDs, puzzles, board games, Internet corner with 2 computers and 1 printer).
In the Foyer (lobby area) are the two ship entrances (portside and starboard), Reception Desk (24-hour guest services - assistance, luggage, purser, information), Tour Desk (shore excursions and tours booking, itinerary information) and Boutique Shop.
The aft-located Restaurant is a complimentary Dining Room for buffet-style Breakfasts and waiter-served Lunches and Dinners. The traditional Captain's Dinner (gala dinner menu) is a formal event held in the Restaurant.
The breakfast buffet (7-9 am) offers various breads-rolls, eggs, bacon, sausages, cheeses, dairy products, yoghurts, fresh fruits, muesli varieties. Lunch buffet's opening hours are cruise tour itinerary-based (synchronized with ports and shore excursions). At lunch are offered 1 fish dish, 1 meat dish, hot side dishes, 1 soup, salad buffet, dessert station. On embarkation day, coffee-tea-cakes are available in front of the Restaurant, but for just about 30 min. On days without tours, cake with tea-coffee is served in the Lounge. On tour days, the offers are limited to coffee-tea and midnight snacks (canapes).
The 4-course dinner is table-served and includes 2 appetizers, 1 soup, 1 main course (pre-order in the afternoon is required), 1 dessert. Main course choices always include 1 meat and 1 fish dish. Dietary requirements, light diets, and vegetarian preferences are catered for.
Cruise cabins from 400 to 425, all of which are French Balcony staterooms in categories Deluxe Cabin (OD1-Single, OD2-Double) and Deluxe Suite (ODS, midship location).
One Lift (passenger elevator) connects all cabin decks. All decks are interconnected via stairs (forward, midship and aft).