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Seven Seas Voyager cruise ship review

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Seven Seas Voyager Facts & Figures

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What would a cruise be without delicious food? On Seven Seas Voyager, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises goes one step further by offering no less than four different restaurants where you can dine to your heart's content without being presented with the bill at the end of the evening.

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We start our culinary tour in the beautiful Compass Rose Restaurant, amidships on deck 4. A marble entrance leads directly to the desk of the Maitre d', who welcomes all passengers and allocates tables on the spot. A small army of waiters is then waiting in line to escort you to your table. The Compass Rose Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner in one open sitting. At night you can come in anytime between 7 and 9.30 p.m. It is up to you when and with whom you would like to be seated and as there are more than enough tables for two, "tête-à-tête" dining is always possible. The designers have managed to create an intimate atmosphere despite the size of the Compass Rose Restaurant. Every time Barbara and I have dinner here during our short cruise we are pleasantly surprised with the standard of the food and service. The comprehensive menu (though not the easiest to read) is always original, the wines poured are excellent and the desserts ... Ahhh ...

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On deck 11 you will find the La Veranda buffet restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and for dinner in an informal atmosphere. La Veranda is decorated in a pleasant way, with lots of pastel colors and light woods and has a small open deck aft for alfresco dining. The buffet lines almost overflow with delicacies, no matter if you are in for sushi, banana pies or those sinful freshly baked chocolate croissants. Oddly, pancakes and French toast are not available here at breakfast time, and I find the array of hot lunch dishes rather limited. That said, La Veranda quickly becomes one of our favorites, as does the personable German waitress that runs back and forth with pots of Green tea and neatly folds our napkins when we dash off to the buffet for yet another helping. One thing to note are the opening hours; at exactly 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. the Restaurant Manager announces to all guests that the buffet will close.

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On Seven Seas Mariner passengers are treated to a multi-cultural dining experience in Latitudes Restaurant. Seven Seas Voyager also features a Latitudes, but the offerings are quite different here. This beautiful dining room on deck 5 is transformed into a theater restaurant every night! When the curtain opens, you can look directly into the show galley where chefs are preparing the food to order while a harpist sends some soothing tones down the room. The menu is a homage to the best of American culinary skills, with specialties like "Bloody Mary Gazpacho". Dining at Latitudes is included in the cruise fare, but it is a popular place and reservations are mandatory, so don't wait too long. One thing: the food is served from a set menu and changes to the selections are not possible. So if you are a picky eater, be sure to check the menu before you make a reservation!

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Last but not least it is time for a look at Signatures, the seagoing restaurant run by chefs trained in the elite French cooking school  of  "Le Cordon Blue". The French have a well deserved reputation for good cooking and here on board Seven Seas Voyager dining in Signatures is a "must" for all food lovers. The restaurant is tucked away on deck 5 and again, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises charges no extra fee for dining here, though reservations are necessary. Whatever you do on board during your voyage, do not forget to book a table at Signatures. The cruise line is simply setting new standards for cruise ship cuisine here!

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Monday night, 9 p.m. We are welcomed by the Maitre d' and escorted to our table for two. Our very friendly waitress turns out to be a fellow Dutch national, which means we can talk in our own weird language for the rest of the evening. She is a professional, truly excited by the quality of the food and service on board and a living advertisement for the cruise line. Enthusiastically she hands us the gigantic menu and expertly advises us in our choice of the many dishes.

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From starter to coffee, this is a dining experience to remember. The food is superb, expertly prepared and served in the right tempo; the wines are excellent and the service is discreet yet upbeat. We hear nothing but praise from guests at tables around us and it is not until after 11 p.m. that we reluctantly leave Signatures. In a time where most cruise lines charge an arm and a leg for almost anything "extra", Radisson Seven Seas should be commended for including excellent dining experiences like this in the cruise fare.

 
   

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First published on April 6, 2003

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