Holland America Line is definitely creative when it comes to spicing up culinary options in their main dining room.  Now, in addition to a totally new and separate menu with twenty-two vegetarian and vegan options, they have just introduced the new Master Chef’s International Dinner, also in the main dining room.  

Main dining room aboard Holland America EurodamOnce during every cruise in the main dining room, an international menu featuring cuisine from six continents will be offered to guests.  Created by renowned Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, in collaboration with several of Holland America’s skilled chefs, guests can choose their international three or four course meal from a selection that includes a wide range of cultures.

The exclusive 20-dish menu includes appetizers, entrees and desserts from Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, North and South America, as well as wine pairings from each region. Guests also can choose Chef Rudi’s Tour Around the World, a pre-selected three-course meal by the master chef.

“The Master Chef’s International Dinner is a special culinary celebration of cultures around the world,” saidRichard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. “Each dish captures the essence of the region’s cuisine with each course complementing the next, making for a truly exquisite dining experience for our guests.”


The international menu includes Scandinavian-style Seafood and Potato Chowder, Lebanese Lamb Shank, Argentinean Guiso Soup, Bourbon Glazed Beef with Grilled Portabella Mushrooms and Tofu and Vegetable Korma. Desserts include New York-style Cheesecake, Viennese Mohr im Hemd and Kiwi and Passion Fruit Pavlova, a traditional New Zealand meringue-based dessert.

Pinnacle Grill transformed into Le CirqueThe new international dinner adds another distinctive culinary feature to Holland America Line’s already-extensive dining offerings. Additional initiatives include award-winning alternative restaurants Tamarind, the Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto;. Also offered once per cruise, An Evening at Le Cirque in the Pinnacle Grill, brings to guests a taste of  New York City’s famed Le Cirque restaurant.

At a time when so many cruise lines are adding dozens of specialty restaurants with varying price tags, Holland America is keeping alive the long-standing tradition of dinner in the main dining room.  By enhancing and creating exciting and varied menus, from standard fare (grilled salmon, steaks and chicken breast) offered every night, the extraordinary culinary feat with the new six continent International Dinners and a separate twenty-two item vegetarian menu, Holland America offers guests a modern yet quite traditional culinary and dining experience.


6 Comments on Holland America adds another dimension to dining with Master Chef’s International Dinner

  1. Dear Teve,

    Thank you for reading my article. The information that I used about the Pavlova dessert came from Holland America. I have corrected it in the article and I thank you very much for bringing this to my attention.

    Happy cruising!

    Cruise Maven

  2. Looking forward to trying the new menu when we sail in November. One correction to the information, the Pavlova desert was invented in New Zealand in honor of her visit, not a Russian dessert.

  3. Hi Mary,

    Thanks for your upbeat review of the Holland America Amsterdam. That is one of their newer ships so it’s good to hear that the food was excellent. I appreciate your taking the time to write about your experience.

    Happy cruising!


  4. I was on the Amsterdam cruise June 29-July 13. The food in MDR was outstanding.
    I loved the Labanese lamb shank ohhhhh my was it outstanding. I am a picky eater but the meals in the MDR will be something I look forward to on my next cruise.. OHH the chilled soups were to die for. But that lamb shank wa just sooooo good. The rest of the food was excellent.
    Thank you

  5. Hi Shanna,
    Thank you for reading the article and taking the time to write. Yes, I totally agreed with you about improving and diversifying the offerings in the main dining rooms instead of always adding pay-as-you-go specialty restaurants.
    Enjoy the Ryndam. I was aboard in February. Service, food, everything was top-notch. Bon Voyage!

    Sherry (Cruise Maven)

  6. This is our first time cruising on Holland America. I am very happy to read about their focus on improving the experience in the main dining room as opposed to the current cruise industry trend of opening up umpteen specialty restaurants, many with a surcharge.

    We generally eat most of our dinners in the main dining room because we enjoy meeting and getting to know our table mates and waiters. I am looking forward to experiencing the Master Chef International Dinner on the Ryndam in August!

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