Oosterdam Galley Tour

galley tour

one of the Oosterdam cooks busy preparing lunch

One sea day on Holland America Oosterdam the daily newsletter listing all the events for the day had a free galley tour on the schedule. It’s always fun to get a peek behind the scenes, especially when you can do it for free.

galley tour

everything has its own prep and cooking areas

We went to the scheduled meeting place in the dining room at the appropriate time and found a long line of people already there waiting for the door to open. I don’t know if anybody actually led this tour talking about the things people saw like they do on a far less crowded paid behind the scenes tour or not because we were far enough back in the line not to see or hear them if there was anybody there. I suppose somebody at least showed whoever was at the head of the line where to go.

cruise ship galley

the galley takes up a large area and food service employees are a good portion of the crew

The long line of people snaked through a set path through the galley where crew were busy with lunch preparations at all different stations.

galley tour

each prep or cooking station had dividers separating it from other prep or cooking areas

Cruise ship galleys have separate prep areas for each different sort of food so vegetables never become contaminated by meat or meat by fish or any other sort of cross contamination.

galley tour

bakery area

Baked goods have their own space too, and of course there’s a giant dishwasher for all the thousands of dishes used each day. Actually more than one and a place to wash pots too.

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rack of baked goods

Soups cook in giant vats. Feeding a couple thousand people takes a lot of soup. Of course there’s enough variety of food that not everyone on board eats the same thing, but there’s also enough people that whatever gets cooked a lot of people will want it.

galley tour

dessert station

Desserts are an important part of cruise ship meals so of course there are areas for them too.

galley tour

how to plate things

The walls in the main walkway had all sorts of things posted regarding the menus and how to plate various dishes.

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new menu

There were big signs posted on the wall showing photos of how each of the dishes on the menu should look. Next to the current menu there was also one showing food for Mexican itineraries, as that was where the ship would go next when it finished the Alaska season.

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names of crazy plates and instructions for dessert service in the Pinnacle Grill

Next to the menu pictures another sign showed photos of some crazy looking plates, which said they were for the tour.

decorative cruise ship plates

table in the Pinnacle Grill set with crazy plates for the tour

The tour ended with a walk through the Pinnacle Grill, Holland America’s fancy upscale pay-extra eatery. There set out on some of the tables were those crazy looking plates.

cruise ship galley

preparing veggies for lunch

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