Review of World Explorer deck 4 (Lobby-Dining-Lounge)
The aft-located Dining Room Restaurant is operated with unreserved / open seating policy. Mealtimes could be changed due to scheduled daily landings and wildlife encounters. Each day here are served 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Restaurant's opening hours are posted around the ship and are subject to change (based on daily scheduled activities). The restaurant also features an outdoor terrace used as an alfresco dining venue (weather permitting).
For vegans and vegetarians, Restaurant's menu always has a wide selection of pasta, grains, vegetables and fruits. The cruise company caters to most special dietary requests, but they must be clearly indicated upon cruise booking. All menus have clearly labeled vegetarian and gluten-free items. However, the Galley (ship kitchen) can't prepare kosher food. Complimentary are soft drinks, juices, water, coffee, tea, as well as beer and wine (by the glass) during dinner.
Explorer Lounge has comfortable seating and is used as multi-purpose room also hosting special events (anniversaries, birthdays, group and private meetings, etc). Fresh-baked cookies and pastries are offered in the afternoons. Hot and cold snacks are available during the evening cocktail hour (activities permitting) and special occasion events.
Lounge's Bar is staffed by a professional bartender serving a selection of liquors, spirits, premium beers, wines and champagnes (by the glass), which all are at additional cost and charged to passengers' shipboard accounts. Complimentary beverages include soft drinks, juices, water, coffee, tea.
Polar Library is well stocked with polar books and popular board games. The Library is open 24 hours. Its collection includes books in various languages themed on wildlife, history, marine biology, geology, ecology, also field guides, picture- and reference books.
In the Lobby area, Reception (Guest Services Desk) is served by dedicated staff that assists passengers with information, purchasing PIN cards (Internet / email access, phone cards), arranging wake-up calls. The Reception also doubles as Cashier's Office for setting shipboard accounts and making payments of these accounts towards the end of the cruise.
Expedition Desk provides information on all scheduled cruise shore excursions, tours and landings.
Lecture Theater is the ship's main show lounge with capacity to accommodate all passengers. This 24-hour open Auditorium serves cruise company's enrichment program with daily scheduled activities, including port talks, discussions, media presentations.
Polar Boutique is the gift shop selling travel essentials and souvenirs, as well as a selection of expedition gear (clothing, waterproof pants, gloves, hats). Shop's opening hours are based on the daily scheduled cruise activities.
On Deck 4 are also the ship's two entrance areas in the lobby (portside and starboard). They are used for passenger embarkation / disembarkation in ports of call where pier/quay/wharf is available for docking.