Holland America Line Extends Celebrity Chef ‘Culinary Cruises’ to 2023

Rudi Sodamin

Holland America Line announced that it is extending its “Culinary Chef” cruises to 2023 where celebrity chefs will share their expertise.

“Our Culinary Cruises have proven to be popular with our guests who appreciate having access to these amazing chefs, and we’re excited to have our Culinary Council members back on board in 2023,” said Michael Stendebach, vice president of food, beverage and guest services at Holland America Line.

“We strive to cultivate unique experiences for our guests, and to learn from a renowned chocolatier or the world’s foremost sushi master is something we hope they will always remember.”

Every culinary cruise will involve live cooking demonstrations led by the chefs while the guests will have the opportunity to bring home the recipes from the presentations, learn more about the chefs at a coffee chat and enjoy a reservation-only dinner at Pinnacle Grill, Rudi’s Sel de Mer or Nami Sushi. Signature recipes will also be highlighted on restaurant menus on the cruises.

The 2023 options include:

  • The Koningsdam – February 18-March 25, 2023 with chef Ethan Stowell. A 35-day Hawaii, Tahiti and Marquesas roundtrip from San Diego, California. 
  • The Eurodam – April 9-29, 2023 featuring chef David Burke. A 20-day Panama Canal cruise departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Seattle, Washington.
  • The Zaandam – April 18-29, 2023 featuring chef Jacques Torres. An 11-day Atlantic Coast voyage departing from Fort Lauderdale to Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • The Nieuw Amsterdam – May 7-21, 2023 featuring chef Andy Matsuda. A 14-day Great Alaskan Explorer cruise, a roundtrip from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • The Nieuw Statendam – June 18-July 2, 2023 featuring chef Rudi Sodamin. A 14-Day Northern Isles roundtrip from Copenhagen, Denmark.  


These events are complimentary except for the specialty dinner. Each chef will spend up to 14 days on their designated cruise. 


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