Review of MS VistaFidelio deck 2 (Middle-Lobby-Restaurant)
The aft-located Restaurant is a complimentary Dining Room with full capacity and serving buffet-style Breakfasts and Lunches and waiter-served Dinners. Adjacent to the Restaurant (aft) is the Galley (ship kitchen and storage rooms).
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. Waiting staff (mostly from Eastern European countries) is German-speaking, well-trained, friendly and helpful.
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). Dishes for special diets (gluten-free, lactose-free, diabetic, etc) are provided complimentary upon request. Special dietary requirements, food allergies, and intolerances must be notified in advance. The traditional Captain's Dinner (gala dinner menu) is a formal event held in the Restaurant.
In the Foyer (lobby area) are the two ship entrances (portside and starboard), Reception Desk (24-hour guest services - assistance, luggage, purser, information), Tours (Cruise Director's Office) and Shop (selling souvenirs, logoed merchandise, jewelry, cosmetics, toiletries, sweets).
Cruise cabins from 221 to 264 are all Comfort staterooms (with slide-opening large window) in categories MD1-Single, MD2-Double, MD3-Triple, MDA-Aft, and MDV-Forward.
One Stairlift (midship) connects all cabin decks. All decks are interconnected via stairs (forward, midship and aft).