Viking Sea’s restaurant staff put on a beautiful champagne (well sparkling) and Bloody Mary brunch this morning in the Winter Garden. This wasn’t done on our cruise last year and in fact it appears to me that this executive chef tries to put on more special events than we experienced in the past. At least every other evening there is a special night including a fresh grill station in the World Cafe. Last night was Greek and we have had Asian, Seafood and several others.

The pasta station-pesto, butter&garlic, tomato with mussels or shrimps. Also, hand carved prosciutto!

Fruits including fresh lychee dragonfruit and passion fruit.

Egg Benedict (salmon and ham) and waffles

Antipasto including steak tartare and lots of marinated olives

Cold seafood

Breads…how does that wine bottle stay up???

Sushi and Caviar!


Having predinner beer & seafood at the Aquavit Terrace on the stern. We love the cold seafood and sushi station at The World Cafe’. It makes for a perfect start to dinner.

Tonight we are eating in The Restaurant as they have Clay’s fav Tom Kai Gai soup and Mike’s Vietnamese Summer Rolls….of course the lamb chops, prime rib and seafood parpadelle also are drawing us there!

Table 1

WhooHoo! Mike and I were seated at The penultimate table in The Restaurant on Viking Sea where we are almost to Madeira. Lois had some mal de mer today so she stayed in her cabin most of the day. We brought her crackers, cheese and ginger ale from the buffet for dinner. She says she is feeling better and is looking forward to Funchal Portugal tomorrow when we arrive on Madeira Island.

We each had a wonderful Vietnamese Summer roll (with incredible sauce), tasty Tom Kai Gai, and then we halved & halved prime rib and lamb chops. All quite delish!

Now we are back in the room and are going to watch a movie rather than go to the show tonight-probably The Wife. We watched The Favorite the other afternoon so we will see if Glen was indeed robbed by Olivia! 😂

Our location at 9:15 pm ship’s time (4:15 pm ESDT)

Almost there!

Having a Caesar salad for lunch at the stern of @vikingcruises Sea almost to Madeira. Having salad for lunch means we can have pistachio ice cream for dessert!

Had a busy morning, lecture about Portugal, then 2 miles for Clay and 3 for Mike on the promenade deck followed by trivia. Now off to enjoy the spa and maybe a nap!

Here’s where we are:


Forgot to mention that we passed the halfway point between Sint Maarten and Madeira about 8 pm on Tuesday evening. Here is where we are right now, 9 am (5am ESDT) Thursday. We are scheduled to be in Madeira at noon on Saturday. So far looks like we will be on time. Seas were a little rougher last night but nothing awful. We slept with the balcony door open to hear the ocean – sorta like being at the beach!


Long time followers will remember that on last year’s Transatlantic, due to a kitchen timing issue Mike ended up with two whole lobsters on lobster night.

Lois heard about this and we believe that was the primary driver for her coming on this cruise.

When we boarded, we checked on the Viking app and none of the menus called for lobster, only surf and turf-a filet and a tail. We asked the restaurant manager John the Scot (we met him on last year’s cruise and reconnected early on this one) about it and he said the app was wrong and that the surf and turf was at the cooking station tonight on the Aquavit Terrace outside near the buffet and that it would be whole whole lobster in the restaurant.  So we changed our Chef’s Table reservations so we would dine tonight in the main dining room for the lobster.

We went in tonight and indeed the menu said it was surf and turf. No biggie, we all ordered (figuring I’d give one of them my tail and be fine with the filet. After we ordered and after our appetizers there seemed to be a delay.  Suddenly the Scotsman appears bearing a palate cleanser of sorbet and the server apologized for the delay with our entrees.  Soon ( well not really soon but in a bit) three ginormous lobsters arrived much to the jealously of nearby dinners eating the relatively small tails served on a skewer plunged into their filets!  

While Mike and Lois were thrilled, if I had of known he was going to pull lobsters from the freezer, thaw and cook them just for us, I would have ordered the lamb shank which looked AMAZING! But once he had already done the deed I certainly couldn’t have said, ahem, lobster isn’t my fav. LOL.  It was actually quite good and I enjoyed every bite.

After we finished our entrees, none of the desserts appealed so we went up to the World Cafe and checked out their lobster tails before checking out the sweets. There were split tails being grilled to order on a flat top.  It seemed only right to have a taste to see how it compared…and frankly after the first one, it took another to be sure it was up to Viking standards! LOL. The remants from our excursion to the buffet: (yes that means we each had another whole tail!)

We thought they were as good if not better than the whole lobster and certainty looked more tasty the ungrilled version being served in the restaurant…so next time we will just go to the buffet and really chow down!

Another turn the clock ahead night so I am off to bed!