ms Westerdam

ms Westerdam

Ship Facts

The Netherlands
82,348 grt
936 feet
24 knots
April 2004
Actress Renée Soutendijk

Latest Post

Feb 2015

Guest Chefs on Sip, Savor & Sail Cruises Showcase Local Cuisine

Submitted by: HAL Culinary Team

Renowned experts teach cruise guests regional culinary customs.
Renowned experts teach cruise guests regional culinary customs.

On every Holland America cruise, tremendous importance is placed on the culinary experience. From the exclusive Pinnacle Grill to the casual Lido, from the Dining Room to Canaletto, there are a variety of dining options to tempt every palate. Part of food- and wine-focused experiences on each ship is the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine Magazine. Here, visiting guest chefs and the ships’ own experts showcase their talents in a show kitchen at sea that rivals the finest show kitchens ashore. Through demonstrations, hands-on classes and question and answer sessions, guests are able to observe and learn from the finest. Now Holland America Line has elevated the culinary experience to entice the most die-hard foodies and even novice chefs to set sail. Guests looking for a more immersive culinary cruise can book one of Holland America Line’s “Sip, Savor and Sail” itineraries in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Alaska. On these seven special voyages, guests will be introduced to the finest local cuisine, beverages and specially developed shore excursions. Guest chefs and local vintners, mixologists and brewmasters will share their expertise — and their creations — during classes, demonstrations and tastings in the Culinary Arts Center, while specialized menus will be featured in the dining room and alternative restaurants. Exciting shore excursions with a special Sip, Savor and Sail focus will be available to complete the memorable experience. The 2015 Sip and Savor cruises in the Caribbean are Nieuw Amsterdam’s March 8 voyage, Eurodam’s March 15 cruise and Maasdam’s April 17 voyage. The May 4 Mediterranean sailing on Ryndam features the program, and in Alaska guests can join Westerdam’s May 2 departure, Statendam’s July 13 sailing or Amsterdam’s Aug. 16 voyage. Exotic Flavors Spice Up Caribbean Cruises In addition to demonstrations and tastings on the Caribbean voyages, the guest chefs will all host a Calypso Brunch in the Pinnacle Grill, and during the call at Half Moon Cay, Bahamas, they will host a shoreside event featuring beach appetizers, libations and steel drum music. Sip and Savor shore excursions in the Caribbean include “History & Cuisine of San Juan […]

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