On a beautiful Thursday afternoon in Thun, Switzerland we decided to enjoy the day cruising on Lake Thun (Thunersee in German). We purchased first class tickets upon arrival at the harbor for a round trip on the MS Berner Oberland operated by the BLS Schifffahrt Berner Oberland navigation company.
The company operates over a dozen large vessels similar to the one that we were on along with numerous smaller boats. The MS Berner Oberland is the largest and newest of their large vessels, it was built in 1996 and it is 57 meters long (187 Feet). We saw a number of other boats operated by various companies on the lake while we were cruising but none even came close to comparing to the size or grandeur of the MS Berner Oberland.
I was a happy camper about our decision about which ticket to buy when I found out that a small bar with a great view was in the first class level and people from second class were denied access to it. I think that the outdoor seating was better in the first class level and the dining tables had tablecloths and were elegantly set. The second class level was not set up with the same formal elegance. Of course, the second class level was much busier that the first class levels since the cruise ticket price is much lower.
The menu offered choices from full dinners to simple lunch items. I had a pre-made sandwich which was served sealed in plastic wrap, and Susan had soup. There were not bad but I certainly could not say that they were particularly great either. The atmosphere on the ferry is what made the meal on the ship memorable.