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Rotterdam - Holland America Line - cruise ship review and photos.

Being a long-established shipping company its advantages. Back in the seventies, Holland America Line was the first cruise line to recognize that their guests might enjoy a casual buffet breakfast or lunch on the upper decks, close to sea air and swimming pool. And so the line's famous Lido Restaurant was born.

Lido Restaurant

Nowadays there is not a single cruise ship that doesn't have some sort of casual poolside eatery, but here on board  Rotterdam it is clear that Holland America still knows best. Without exception, the food served in the Lido Restaurant is fresh, well-prepared and attractively presented. Located up on deck 8, the Lido Restaurants seats

400, with many more seats available on the open air pool deck aft or the all-weather pool deck amidships. The Lido Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and a casual self-service dinner at set hours with soups, salads and ice cream available most of the day. And should you crave a burger, fries and a hot dog, head for the Terrace Grill on the Lido Deck amidships. It is open between 12.00 NOON and 7.00 PM. Every day! 

Pinnacle Grill

For a formal dining experience, head down to the Pinnacle Grill on Lower Promenade Deck. This specialty restaurant is located on one of the lower decks and has no windows. Still, the classy decor, fine steaks and seafood make this a very popular place. And together with the neighboring wine tasting bar, the culinary aspect is well covered here.   

Named after the famous restaurant on board the Rotterdam of 1959 (there is a beautiful model of the ship at the entrance), the two-deck high La Fontaine Dining Room is quite impressive with its grand staircases, fresh flower displays and fine views. In true Holland America tradition, there are quite some tables for two and there is a lot of space between tables. During our Jazz Cruise, the food served in the La Fontaine Dining Room was simply outstanding and subject to many rave reviews.

There is one more place to hunt for food - day or night. The Explorations Café is a library/coffee bar concept that can be found on nearly all Holland America ships. The coffee bar is really popular and is busy most hours - perhaps because of the delicious cookies and other snacks that are available here as well. Still, we found out that there is nothing more relaxing than sitting down in one of the oversized chairs or couches with an equally oversized cup of cappuccino and a book or two.

And just when you think you have seen it all, there is that late-night display of typical Dutch farmer food. Featuring curious delicacies like 'oliebollen', 'maatjesharing', and 'erwtensoep', this is another one of Holland America's oh so quirky ways to remember you about the roots of this proud company.

Lido Restaurant

Lido Restaurant
Lido Restaurant
Wine Tasting Bar with art gallery in the background
Pinnacle Grill
Pinnacle Grill
Entrance to the La Fontaine Dining Room
La Fontaine Dining Room
La Fontaine Dining Room
La Fontaine Dining Room

Lido Deck

Explorations Café
Explorations Café
Explorations Café
Explorations Café
Explorations Café
Explorations Café
La Fontaine Dining Room
La Fontaine Dining Room
La Fontaine Dining Room

 

Photos and text: © 2007 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

First published on August 11, 2007

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