Prinsendam's main dining room, La Fontaine, is beautiful, with lovely cut glass chandeliers and sconces in the shape of flower blossoms. Wraparound windows offer views of the ever-changing sea and sky.
Dinner was once a set-seating, set-tablemates experience -- but the "As You Wish" program changed things a bit, introducing set and flexible meal times. In other words, one section of La Fontaine is dedicated to traditional guests who've chosen an early or late seating and the other to those who can dine on their own schedule.
Vista also offers a 22-dish, vegetarian-only menu for lunch and dinner; it consists of appetizers, salads, soups and entrees. Options include dishes like portobello mushroom and chipotle quesadillas, Vietnamese vegetable spring rolls or spicy lentil and garbanzo salad.
Breakfast and lunch are already open seating.
The Lido works well for breakfast, lunch and casual dinners with its outside deck and inside tables, and a cadre of stewards who will carry trays and refill drinks. Breakfast specials might include biscuits and gravy, Dutch style apple pancakes, or a breakfast burrito.
At lunch, individual pizzas, freshly made sandwiches and a choice of cooked-to-order entrees are on tap, as well as the usual steam-tray offerings. Dinner entrees often mirror those in the dining room, and may include fish, veal, steak and chicken. There are vegetarian dishes available at lunch and dinner.
The Terrace Grill does the burger thing nicely, also offering hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and French fries.
For a truly special meal, consider the Pinnacle Grill, Holland America's signature alternative restaurant offering Northwest specialties. That doesn't mean only salmon (though it is special). You'll also find crab and shrimp cakes, halibut, outstanding lamb and steaks, and a really brilliant onion soup. Other specials include a duck breast with pickled Walla Walla onions and Dungeness crab legs. Expect to pay a $15 cover charge for lunch on sea days and $30 for dinner.
Room service is offered 24 hours a day.
Passengers with dietary needs should advise the cruise line at the time of booking. Special food-related events are offered on all cruises and include both Dutch and Indonesian themed dinners and Royal Dutch tea. Other themed meals focus on regional specialties as the ship sails around the world.