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Most passengers will be welcomed on board in the exquisite Reception Hall on Captain's Deck (or Kapitäns-Deck to be precise). The beautiful semi-circular reception desk is home to the young German reception staff, and also the place to order shore excursions, change money and pick up a copy of the daily program (in German or in English).

Just like in a Grand Hotel, all 292 "rooms" have their own little mailbox in the back wall of the Reception, just underneath the huge two-deck high mural (which at close look turns out to be a photographic reproduction). The highly varnished wood paneling and a beautiful stained glass dome create a proper first impression of Deutschland - this is definitely a ship that dares to be different!

Elevator lobby on Deutschland Deck
Reception desk seen from Deutschland Deck

An apple a day...

Lobby on Kur-Deck

Entrance Hall on Kapitäns Deck
Beautifully crafted elevator doors
 

Amidships on Deutschland Deck is Restaurant Berlin - the ship's beautiful main dining room where meals are served in two sittings (6pm and 8.30pm). All passengers are assigned a table here. Deilmann is one of the few companies that publish a detailed table plan of the on-board restaurants in the brochure, so you can ask for your own table at the time of booking! A large stained glass ceiling features prominently in the Berlin Restaurant and I think we can all agree that the mahogany chairs would look just great in our own homes... Tables are set in the regal, old-fashioned way, with whiter-than-white table cloths and napkins, an array of cutlery on each side of the plate, and even a silver under plate on formal nights.

One deck higher you will find the 104-seat Restaurant Vier Jahreszeiten (Four Seasons), a reservations-only a la carte dining room. Here, you can dine on classic French cuisine when and with whom you want at no extra fee, but be sure to book your table early in the cruise as it is a wildly popular place. The decor can best be described as Versailles in miniature, albeit  with a German "Schwung".

Let's move up one more deck to deck 9 - Lido Deck. The aft part of this deck is filled with wrought-iron furniture and  numerous umbrellas. We've arrived at the Lido Café and Lido Bar, where each morning and afternoon "casual" food is served. Two wide sun decks run on each side of the ship forward, with the Lido Gourmet Restaurant sandwiched in the middle. Here, in the ship's cheerful casual restaurant, breakfast, lunch afternoon tea and the occasional buffet dinner are served. In a grand way! An expansive buffet table anchors the aft part of the room, with seating available either inside or outside at the Lido Café. The atmosphere in the Lido Gourmet is upbeat, with high-backed wicker chairs and lots of light wood wall paneling. Some wonderful black and white photos of the days of sailing vessels adorn the walls. Beautiful!

Restaurant Berlin

Restaurant Berlin

Restaurant Vier Jahreszeiten

Lido Gourmet
Lido Gourmet
Lido Gourmet

Restaurant Berlin

Restaurant Berlin

Restaurant Vier Jahreszeiten

Restaurant Vier Jahreszeiten
Lido Gourmet
Lido Gourmet
   

Photos and text: © 2003-2011 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

First published on March 28, 2004

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