The boat rocks…

Wafer thin cabin walls that make it impossible to ignnore the clumsy love making of the impetuous adolescent couple on the right, or the engrossing middle of the night discussion on the virtues of multi sotrey car parks in Amsterdam from the two blokes on the left. A sport bar with a lonely customer staring into emptyness, his clutching hand warming the beer. The nightclub? Just sad…

So our expectations upon entering the “Seven seas Restaurant” of the Newcastle to Amsterdam boat, grandly named the Queen of Scandinavia (or was it the Princess of Sweden?), on an “all you can eat buffet basis couldn’t be lower. And yet:

an attractive bread display


An unexpected shellfish counter


various passable salads


a very wide selection of fish-based finger food bites, a carvery counter, plenty of dessert counters, cheese and biscuits:


£25 per head if you book before you board. It’s not gourmet food, let’s be clear, just edible and pleasantly presented material: but, if you really have to go, it must be the best thing within the confines of the boat!


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