Holland America to add new culinary options on Koningsdam

By ,   February 18, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

Foodies on the newest ship of Holland America Line will have plenty to choose from. Koningsdam hits the high seas in 2016. The 2,650-passenger ship will introduce dining venues that are "new to the line".

The new culinary options include French seafood brasserie. Sel de Mer (meaning "salt of the sea") is a for-fee restaurant serving up French seafood. Shellfish and fresh fish on ice are displayed in the center of the room. Chefs will bring back from ashore local catches of the day and feature them as specials. Surcharge hasn’t been set.

Holland America's Culinary Arts Center is featured fleetwide. On board Koningsdam, it will transform into a dinner venue at night. Koningsdam’s guests will be able to try farm-to-table dinners cooked in the show kitchen in addition to cooking classes, demos and celebrity chef appearances. Culinary Arts Center dinners will bear a fee which has yet to be determined.

Instead of HAL's typical Lido Restaurant, Koningsdam will feature the Lido Market, a marketplace-style complimentary venue. Guests will be able to order food made-to-order or on the go, from five themed stations: Wild Harvest (fruits, salads and other healthy bites); Breadboard (freshly baked bread, signature sandwiches and pastries); Distant Lands (dishes from all around the world, including the regions visited by the ship); Homestead (comfort foods: scrambled eggs, herb-roasted chicken); and Sweet Spot (desserts).

A nod to Holland America Line's heritage is the Grand Dutch Cafe. It will offer Dutch-themed beverages and snacks, with Heineken beer on tap. There will not be a surcharge, but a-la-carte fees will apply.

Other Koningsdam dining venues include the Pinnacle Grill, found fleetwide, as well as Canaletto and Tamarind, available on select ships. All menus are created by award-winning Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, who works closely with HAL's team of highly regarded chefs. 

MS Koningsdam will be Holland America's biggest cruise ship and the first in the line’s new Pinnacle Class. Koningsdam will sail on itineraries in the Baltic, Northern Europe and the British Isles following her February 2016 debut.