Holland America Line: Finest Cuisine & America’s Test Kitchen

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#Hosted Holland America Line: America’s Test Kitchen

Holland America Line sets itself apart in a crucial area when deciding on a cruiseline: the food! While aboard the ms Westerdam we were extremely impressed with the three pools, art galleries and friendly staff. However, as a self-proclaimed foodie none of these things were quite as important as the ship’s meals. On any vacation I want to be enjoying flavors and food arrangements that are impressive and unique, and I expect nothing less while on a cruise. Even if a cruise is just a few days long the meals can make-or-break the experience. Holland America Line does not disappoint, serving up fresh dishes that help solidify the cruiseline as one of the best in the industry.

 

 

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The Seafood Platter featured a Midori gelée and a champagne ginger dressing.  I was blown away with their presentation:

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I didn’t expect to be eating Barramundi while on the cruise, a nice surprise. This one showcased oyster mushrooms, French lentils, celery purée, Madera truffle reduction.Even simple dishes were prepared well, like this beef tenderloin. Fondant potatoes, mushroom confit and a Port glaze.

Kicking back some bubbly was something I definitely did not object to, “when in Rome…”

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Holland America takes the food experience a step further on their ships, with an actual Americas Test Kitchen studio right onboard! As someone who has followed the TV show’s 16 seasons, owns some of the cookbooks and frequents their recipe website, I was thrilled to hear of an actual ATK studio on the cruise line where I could view the industry’s best chef’s drop some kitchen knowledge on us. Watching ATK live was amazing!  The audience members consisted of all types of people, from those looking for cooking pointers to others who just enjoyed watching a familiar TV show live. There were probably some others there like my husband who was just happy to eat the amazing food that the pros were making!

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Holland America Line is making a splash with its increase in cruises and visitors (here in San Diego a 65% increase over last year). With delicious meals and differentiators like its exclusive partnership with America’s Test Kitchen they should definitely be a top considerations for your next vacation.

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17 Comments

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    Sarah Bailey
    Nov 8, 2016 at 3:35 am

    Wow what an amazing sounding place, that food looks delicious and I would want to spend ages checking out the art.

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    Maureen
    Nov 8, 2016 at 4:04 am

    Sounds like an amazing experience and all the foods looks delicious! 😀 I would so love to go on a cruise one day soon.

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    Paula Schuck
    Nov 8, 2016 at 5:45 am

    That sounds like an amazing experience. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything so posh in my life.

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    Jeanette
    Nov 8, 2016 at 6:12 am

    I wish I was on this cruise! I LOVE cruises and I love American Test Kitchen! I hope that they are on the cruise for a while I would love to take this class!

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    Jacqui S
    Nov 8, 2016 at 6:14 am

    I love going on cruises and haven’t been on Holland America yet. Sounds like a great experience. And that food??? OH. MY. GAH! Looks fabulous!

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    LaShawn
    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:22 am

    I’ve never been on a Holland America Cruise! The food looks so good! I might have to check them out!

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    Angelic Sinova
    Nov 8, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Woah, everything looks so delicious. I just got back from my first cruise and I was pleasantly surprised at how food the food was. I’ve looked to take a Holland America Cruise someday.

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    lisa
    Nov 8, 2016 at 10:25 am

    This sounds like something I’d love to try! The food looks amazing!

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    Libertad Green
    Nov 8, 2016 at 11:36 am

    It all looks beautiful and delicious! This makes me want to go cruising, again! It’s been too long! Also, I have never cruised with Holland, so I would be interested to see how they are.

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    Pam Wattenbarger
    Nov 8, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    All of that food looks so good. When I imagine food on a cruise, I imagine something much less fancy than this. This post changed my mind about cruise food!

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    coolchillmom
    Nov 8, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Let me know next time if you need a plus one! The food and the experience are just so amazing!

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    Melanie
    Nov 9, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Wow everything looks amazing and so good!

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    William Sweeney
    Nov 9, 2016 at 9:50 am

    I love going for cruises!! Everything looks amazing in the test kitchen, the food on cruises is always amazing.

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    mimicutelips
    Nov 9, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    As a fellow foodie this looks incredible. I’m still afraid to cruise but I’m going to give it a go soon. Especially if they are going to serve meals like this.

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    Shelley Plummer
    Nov 11, 2016 at 12:19 am

    wow what an exotic luncheon! I’ve never heard of most of those things. lol. I know what a cheeseburger is but that’s about the extent of my expertise

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    Chubskulit Rose
    Nov 11, 2016 at 4:46 am

    What a delicious looking plates! I would love it there and I love how dainty it is. I may need a second serving though lol.

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    Tatanisha
    Nov 13, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Oh wow, sounds like an amazing food journey! My kind of travel experience, thank you for the review!

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