Holland America Cruises Informative - Food Quality Decreasing On Ships
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA -- We traveled on the Holland America Oosterdam last December, and just returned November 1 2008 from the exact same cruise. The menu and food quality was far below our last cruise. The escargo was bland. They substituted a bad tasting lobster thermidor for the normal broiled lobster tail. The cold tomatoe soup tasted like tomato juice poured from a can and left to sit a day. The Caesar salad was very dry and there was sparse dressing. Pasta dishes were heavy on the pasta with very little sauce. Pancakes in the Vista Room in the morning were cold. A Banana French toast chef special turned out to be fried horrid banana bread. Link Sausages floated in water and looked unappealing on the Lido Deck. The special appetizer the last night of the cruise was dry and horrid tasting. Fortunately I did order the duck and smothered it in sauce and it wasn't too bad at all.
The best food seemed to be the cheeseburgers and fries outside by the Lido pool deck. This is just a short description of a few of the many food disappointments we experienced.