It’s a tradition that goes back decades; chocolate and cruising. I’ve seen chocolate fountains, chocolate festivals, chocolate martinis, not to mention nightly pillow chocolates. Now there’s Holland America’s Chocolate Surprise.
What this means for chocolate lovers
As if there wasn’t already enough fabulous food at the last gala dinner on Holland America. Note to self: Don’t eat too much at the gala dinner. Why? Holland America Line has introduced a Chocolate Surprise parade on the last gala evening of every cruise.
Instead of guests “trudging” with an already-full stomach to the buffet for late-night sweets, Chocolate Surprise takes the lead with waiters who bring the bite-sized desserts to the guests.
After dinner, waiters parade through the Promenade decks with trays of chocolate desserts, passing them out to guests in the bars and lounges as they take in music or enjoy a cocktail. The nearly hour-long parade is the newest addition to Holland America Line’s growing list of culinary innovations that put an unconventional twist on a traditional event.
“Guests love our culinary events, particularly those featuring chocolate, and we wanted to create something special that enhances their evening activities,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “It’s all about making the most of our exceptional service, and the Chocolate Surprise delights guests in a most delicious and memorable way.”
The Chocolate Surprise pass-around menu includes rich, creamy and chocolaty bite-sized desserts. Gloved servers present the desserts on silver trays. Decadent chocolate selections include chocolate cones with lemon curd, bittersweet chocolate and butter cream; double chocolate cupcakes; dark chocolate hazelnut pops; milk chocolate raspberry tarts; chocolate macaroons with Grand Marnier; chocolate-dipped marshmallows and caramel puffed rice treats with chocolate sauce.
Chocolate Surprise takes place on all Holland America ships and (unfortunately for calorie-counting guests!) is in addition to even more tempting desserts in the restaurants.
I’m the editor and creator of CruiseMaven.com, a solo traveler cruising the world on waves and wheels, collecting recipes along the way. I hope my articles and photos entertain, advise and inspire you to travel the world without flying. Take a breath…stop for a local meal and a glass of wine along the way.