Holland America Line - Lack of food onboard

May 18, 2022

Jo Martinez-of US

We travelled on the Nieuw Statendam in May to Europe. This was our very first cruise. We loved the experience, however the one thing I have always heard about (cruises) is that there is an abundance of food. There was not! The (limited choice) Buffet opened at 5:30 PM and closed at 8:30 PM, there was seemingly nowhere to get anything during the rest of the day except a Dutch café that served about five items, two restaurants by the pool one served two types of hamburger the other served two types of hotdog. I believe there was one that served pizza. So essentially, food was really hard to find especially during the main part of the day and after 8:30 PM. Of course there was room service but the menu was very small. We took breakfast in our room each morning from room service just to make sure we got a good meal. Most people say they gain weight during a cruise, I lost it. Very disappointed.