A few nights ago, we held another themed dinner aboard ms Amsterdam. This time it was a Dutch–themed dinner during our Grand South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand cruise. All dining room and wine stewards, assistants, doormen and dining room management dressed in traditional red, white and blue Dutch outfits, the colors of the Netherlands… read more of “Amsterdam’s…”
As we sailed from Hobart, Tasmania, we held another theme for this Grand Voyage – Dinner with Gnomes. We decorated the entrances of the dining room, a lantern was placed on every table and the dining room stewards dressed up like gnomes with beards, hats and Harry Potter glasses. The two doormen dressed up as… read more of “Amsterdam’s…”
Amsterdam’s Pinnacle Grill staff with manager Kim de Klerck (center) during an Indonesian dinner. Kim de Klerck got her start in the restaurant business at age 13 with a one-week internship at the Campanile Hotel in her hometown of Zevenaar, Netherlands. Afterward, she knew she was destined for the hospitality industry. Several jobs as dishwasher,… read more of “Meet Kim de Klerck,…”
On October 27th, after leaving Cairns, Australia, we held the Captain’s Grand Voyage Dinner in the dining room aboard the Amsterdam. There was an excellent selection of food on the menu and the dining room was decorated with 20 giant captain’s epauletes banners hanging from the ceiling. Thanks to all of the hard work by… read more of “Amsterdam’s…”
Everybody knows that if there is one thing that defines a true cruise experience, it’s food! However, what some people do not realize is that our guests can even dine in their staterooms. Our In Room Dining (IRD) team is dedicated to making this wish come true for our guests. Whether it’s an early morning… read more of “In Room Dining:…”
This evening ms Amsterdam crossed the International Dateline and we celebrated the event with another themed dinner. This time the theme was “Dinner with Pirates.” We decorated the dining room tables with sails and pirate flags and several of our staff members joined in on the fun by dressing up in pirate costumes. The dining… read more of “On Amsterdam,…”
During the repositioning cruise around to the Caribbean, the Zuiderdam hosted its first “Dine with the Chef” night. The event was held in the Culinary Arts Center, and guests enjoyed a meal cooked by our Executive Chef Robert Steel and his team. Darryl Jones is Zuiderdam’s crew purser.
Holland America Line’s Culinary Operations Manager Bart Groeneveld sent in these pictures and report from Amsterdam: The Amsterdam started the 67 day Grand Australian, New Zealand and South Pacific Voyage last month. Executive Chef Bernie Rius is of course back again to create another grand culinary experience for our guests. En Route to Nuka Hiva… read more of “Grand Voyage…”