**An extended version of this review with pictures is found on my blog, linked below**
This past weekend, we took advantage of the last days of DAT and took my mom on a brunch cruise aboard the California Hornblower.
The food, while unremarkable, was mostly satisfactory. The ham was juicy and not too salty. The herb-crusted sirloin was pretty moist and flavorful. C said the eggs were "very good for buffet fare", and the waffles "tasty, especially with whipped cream and strawberries".
The pastries were, on the whole, exceptionally good, and we ate a lot of them. The lemon bars, petit fours (especially the marzipan), and something else I can't remember were particularly good. Coffee was Tully's, and really, really good. Extremely smooth, and properly brewed.
The best part about the cruise, though, had to be the chocolate-dipped strawberries. The chocolate was actually bittersweet and very good... the strawberries were sweet and ultra-juicy... Honestly, I know I ate no fewer than 10 of them, and my mom & C polished off at least another half-dozen.
Would I take this cruise again? Probably not... but it was a really nice way to spend a Sunday morning, and was worth every penny of the $28/person we spent.