How Many Days Will it Take to Eat Your Way Around a Pinnacle Class Ship?

Holland America Line serves up an incredible variety of dining venues that range from the casual Lido Market to elegant Pinnacle Grill, and everything in-between. While all ships have the Dining Room, Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto options, in addition to a Rudi’s Sel de Mer pop-up, our Pinnacle Class ships expand some specialty options, like a stand-alone Rudi’s Sel de Mer, Grand Dutch Cafe, Nami Sushi and Tamarind. For all of you foodies who like to try it all, how many days would it take for you to experience each venue for different meals … and some snacks?

The answer is SIX days! The idea is to try a different venue each day for a different meal, so you might dine at New York Deli & Pizza more than once, but you’ll go for a breakfast bagel one day, a Reuben sandwich for lunch the next day and a pizza another day.

Are you up for the challenge next time you cruise on Rotterdam, Nieuw Statendam or Koningsdam? Follow our guidelines and you can experience each eatery, some more than once!

pea soup Grand Dutch Cafe

Grand Dutch Cafe serves a variety of Dutch favorites.

DAY 1:

Breakfast in New York Deli & Pizza: Do you want an everything bagel with cream cheese or something more hearty like salmon? Have yours made to order for breakfast.

Lunch in Lido Market: Head to the Distant Lands station for stirfry, grab some fries and fresh fruit. Add a personalized salad from Wild Harvest and you’re ready to go!

Snack at Gelato: Our gelato is made on board in a variety of perfectly crafted flavors, so pick one scoop or two in a cup or cone.

Dinner in the Dining Room: Our menus change nightly, and you’re sure to find something new to try or an old favorite during this multicourse — from boneless lamb loin en croute to rosemary roasted chicken, as well as regionally inspired dishes and vegetarian options.

DAY 2:

Breakfast in Lido Market: Head to the omelette station and have an omelette made your way with whatever ingredients you’d like to include. Skies the limit!

Lunch at Dive In: Our gourmet burgers are the best at sea. Try a Gainer with a mound of crispy frizzled onions or Cannonball with gouda cheese, applewood smoked bacon and sweet caramelized onions. We have three vegetarian options as well, including Beyond Burgers.

Snack at Explorations Cafe: Enjoy a fresh pastry and your favorite espresso at our coffee house with the ultimate panoramic view.

Dinner at Tamarind: Explore the culinary traditions of Southeast Asia, China and Japan. Will it be wok-seared lobster and shrimp, Chinese five spice baby back ribs or Panang red curry coconut chicken? Don’t forget the mango posset for dessert.

Dive-In's Cannonball burger with a side of fries.

Dive-In’s Cannonball burger with a side of fries.

DAY 3:

Breakfast in your stateroom with room service: Sleep in and have breakfast delivered to your stateroom so you can enjoy fresh fruit, hot cereal, pastries and perhaps a mimosa on the verandah.

Lunch at New York Deli & Pizza: Have a personal pizza made to order and wait under 10 minutes for it to come out of the oven, just for you!

Snack at Gelato: Indulge in a sweet treat with a creamy milkshake to tide you over until dinner.

Dinner at Pinnacle Grill: Our award-winning steakhouse serves an exceptional menu of Prime steaks, along with innovative recipes from James Beard Award-winning chef and Culinary Council member David Burke. His Clothesline Candied Bacon is a must!

David Burke's Clothesline Candied Bacon is a must at Pinnacle Grill.

David Burke’s Clothesline Candied Bacon is a must at Pinnacle Grill.

DAY 4:

Breakfast at Grand Dutch Cafe: Choose a sweet pastry or wait for a late breakfast and indulge in the apple and bacon pancakes.

Lunch at the Dining Room: Our multicourse menu is available for lunch as well, with starters, mains and desserts.

Snack at Dive-In: In addition to burger and hot dogs, Dive-In serves incredible fries that are perfect for an afternoon snack.

Dinner at Nami Sushi: Inspired by Culinary Council member and world-renowned sushi master Andy Matsuda, order from a selection of sushi including the Tempura Lobster Roll, Dragon Roll and Tsutsumi Roll.

DAY 5:
Breakfast at the Dining Room: Pancakes, waffles, an omelette, Eggs Benedict? Join us in the Dining Room for a relaxed breakfast.

Lunch at Dive-In: Order a Nathan’s hot dog for lunch. The Dunkin’ Dog has melty cheese sauce, pickled jalapeños, chopped red onion and Dive-In Sauce.

Snack at Grand Dutch: For a heartier snack, enjoy made-to-order Dutch specialties, including pea soup, open-faced herring sandwiches, vegetable quiche, Dutch poffertjes, and friet and mayo.

Dinner at Rudi’s Sel de Mer: This French brasserie serves an incredible collection of French dishes reimagined with contemporary flair, developed by our Master Chef Rudi Sodamin.

Hot smoked salmon served in style at Rudi's Sel de Mer.

Hot smoked salmon served in style at Rudi’s Sel de Mer.

DAY 6:

Breakfast at Club Orange: Members of Club Orange and Pinnacle/Neptune suite guests can head to Club Orange for breakfast and enjoy the Dining Room menu in a smaller venue, plus some exclusive dishes and freshly squeezed orange juice.

Lunch at New York Deli & Pizza: Will it be a mouth-watering Reuben or a pastrami on rye?

Snack at Tea Time: Tea time is a time-honored tradition aboard Holland America Line ships, with delectable finger sandwiches, delightful pastries and, of course, tea!

Dinner at Canaletto: Enjoy amazing Italian classics like braised chicken cacciatore al forno, branzino ai ferri or garlic shrimp ravioli in a relaxed, family-style eatery.

Dine family-style at Canaletto.

Dine family-style at Canaletto.

There you have it! You have officially tried every venue on board over six days. Which venue excites you the most? Let us know in the comments.


Join the Discussion


  1. Brent Goldthorpe May 7, 2023 at 11:21 am - Reply

    How much time should be set aside for a meal at main dining? Thank you! We’re looking forward to our first ever cruise!

    • Julie May 16, 2023 at 7:16 am - Reply

      It depends on how many courses you choose. It could be a leisurely 2-hour meal or quicker if you prefer shorter or need to get to a show. Just let your server know if you’re on a time-limit.

  2. LAWRENCE NEES March 31, 2023 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    My wife and I had a wonderful cruise aboard the Rotterdam.! The service and the meals were great. The Tamarind was a special treat for dinner. I had the filet mignon which was cooked to perfection.

  3. Sue Proudlock February 7, 2023 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    Sailing in July. Is a jacket still required in the Pinnacle Grill ? Are there any other dress codes while dining (excluding formal night in the dining room) ?

    Is it true that the library is gone?

    • Julie March 8, 2023 at 7:27 am - Reply

      We are reinstalling libraries across the fleet. It depends on the ship at the moment. Dress code depends on the evening, not the venue.

      Evening dress falls into two distinct categories: Dressy attire or smart casual. Most evenings, smart casual is appropriate and can be defined as slacks and sports shirts or sweater for men and a skirt or trousers and sweater or blouse for women. Shorts, flip-flops, swimwear, distressed jeans and men’s tank tops are best left to daytime and the poolside.

      Dressy Nights evoke the grand traditions of cruising as guests dress to impress for special events on board, including a five-course gourmet dinner in the Dining Room. Jacket and tie are appropriate for gentlemen, while ladies wear a cocktail dress or gown. On Grand Voyages, many gentlemen choose formal attire. 

      The number of Dressy Nights on your cruise depends upon the duration of the voyage. The number of Dressy Nights for collector voyages is based upon the duration of each individual voyage of the ship.

  4. Dave Lunstroth June 20, 2022 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    This is MY 75th year also
    And I would love to celebrate on board one of your cruises.
    Do you have recommendations or specials?

  5. Shirley Ruggiero May 29, 2022 at 8:14 am - Reply

    This will be our first sailing with Holland America on the Statendam and I would like to know if you have specialty dining offers before boarding?

  6. James Davis May 14, 2022 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Grand Dutch Cafe’ for anytime snacks. Has the partnership with America’s Test Kitchen ended? Thank you.

  7. Tami Wilcox March 16, 2022 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Tamarind was my favorite. The service there is exquisite!

  8. Patricia B January 26, 2022 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Excellent post, Julie! We are looking forward to 3 cruises on the Koningsdam in May and we appreciate all you info and photos for our first time on a Pinnacle class ship.

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