On deck two the main Restaurant covers about half the length of the ship. It features lots of tables for two and several for groups as large as eight or ten. When the servers take the order they use I-phone like instruments to directly order to the galley kitchen. Oh, and for lunch or dinner wine, beer, coffee drinks and sodas are available and are no charge. The concept is that the main restaurant is equal to either of the two other specialty restaurants we’ll cover in a moment.
Deck two also has shops and the Star Theatre, the main show lounge. The acoustics of the lounge are excellent and both entertainment and lectures are offered. In a unique feature, the two rear wings of the theatre can be closed off and used as mini-cinemas (or meeting rooms) another innovative use of space. There is also a performance bar known as Torhavn, where a rock band plays at night, and during the day the room serves a variety of uses including holding Sunday church services, complete with projected stain class windows as a backdrop.
Deck one is where much of the activity surround the atrium takes place. At the top of a grand staircase coming down from deck two is a huge LED screen which features showing of art from the Norwegian artist Munch, and other scenes from around the world. Often a string group will play a concert on the first landing of the grand staircase.
On deck one, part of the atrium area is call the Viking Living Room, which has both a bar and coffee station. Comfortable chairs and couches are featured in this quiet place to read or relax. There’s even a small internet café located directly underneath the staircase. One thing to keep in mind is that the internet is free onboard, and that includes the crew who have their own wi-fi platform.
On the other side of the Living Room is what would be the front desk and shore excursion offices on other ships. In this case it’s a series of desks with computers arranged so that there’s no long lines in this much more serene setting. The use of technology on this ship is unobtrusive, but highly efficient and capable.
At the front of deck one are the two alternative restaurants. One is called Manfredi’s and features Italian cuisine, the other is called the Chef’s Table, with a rotating menu featuring a world-wide scope and paired with specially selected wines. These two restaurants are no charge, but they are relatively small, so reservations are mandatory.
The bow end of Deck one is the Spa and gymnasium area. Treatment rooms, and a beauty salon are part of the spa product. In both the men’s and women’s changing room there are nice sauna’s and cold dip pools, along with rain showers. In between the changing rooms is a large, co-ed thermal pool, and a spa tub. A large steamroom is just across from the snow cave where real snow is generated for those who need to be cooled down in an unusual location. There is also a medium sized fitness room with treadmills and other workout equipment.
One of the things that I appreciated about the Star was the 360 degree promenade track on deck two, which offered for laps to the mile. Even in wet conditions this walking/jogging area was useful and enjoyable.