Holland America Line Now Serves A New Vegetarian-Only Alternative Menu

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#22
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Originally posted by luvcruisn'
The article didn't mention if you still have to order off of the vegetarian menu the night before, as my brother had to do on a cruise we took a few years ago. On my recent cruise on the Veendam, there was always at least one vegetarian alternative on our MDR dinner menu every night.
On our recent Hawaii Circle/Oosterdam, my wife utilized the vegetarian menu most nights but she had to order the night before (our server brought it while we were having dessert). Generally, if memory serves (and sometimes doesn't), there were three appetizers, three entrees, and other items which were the same each night.

The standard menu usually had one vegetarian entree, at least one no-meat soup, and salads changed each night and also was reported to be delicious. We were very impressed by the care that went into these meals.
#23
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Originally posted by irvington
I'm wondering why there is a separate menu and not just more veg dishes added to the main menu? Is it bad form to ask for both menus?
If it was they wouldn't have two

Question is: is it bad form for an omnivore to order form the vegetarian menu?
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#24
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Good news indeed, for those like myself who are vegetarian. I hope they next come up with Gluten-Free menus for those who need them.
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#25
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I tried the link but it no longer works. Do you have any idea how I can get to the new vegetarian offering on HAL any other way? Thanks for any help that you or anyone else can give me. Gloria
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Here is the Press Release on the article
Holland America Line Now Serves A New Vegetarian-Only Alternative Menu

52 vegetarian dishes featured, largest selection at sea


Seattle, Wash., May 2, 2012 — Holland America Line has introduced a new alternative, vegetarian-only menu, as well as 30 new vegetarian dishes to their main dining room menu, furthering the line's commitment to providing exceptional dining experiences for all guests.

Holland America Line’s award-winning Master Chef Rudi Sodamin has designed an exclusive 22-dish vegetarian and vegan menu that highlights vegetables and other naturally healthy ingredients in vibrant, flavorful culinary selections. The alternative menu includes a full range of appetizers, salads, soups and main entrées, and is available upon request at no extra cost for lunch and dinner in the main dining room aboard all 15 ships in the fleet.

"Many more people are choosing a vegetarian culinary experience, yet the options can be limited," said Richard Meadows, Holland America Line’s executive vice president of marketing, sales and guest programs. "By offering a complete vegetarian-only menu and the largest vegetarian selection at sea, we are ensuring that all guests can take part in an exceptional dining experience while cruising with Holland America Line.”

The savory collection of dishes on the new vegetarian-only menu include Portobello Mushroom and Chipotle Quesadillas, Vietnamese Vegetable Spring Rolls, Curried Vegetable Empanadas, Spicy Lentil and Garbanzo Salad, Sweet and Sour Vegetable Tempura, Vegetable Jambalaya, Grilled Vegetable and Tofu Kebobs, and Baked Cheese Polenta with Mushrooms and Artichoke Hearts.

In addition to the new vegetarian-only menu, 30 new vegetarian dishes will be added to the main dining room menu. These offerings also will be featured as a second vegetarian option in the casual Lido buffet during lunch. Additionally, every dinner menu will now offer guests the option of one appetizer, one soup or salad, and at least one vegetarian entrée each evening, increasing the total number of vegetarian options on board to 52 delectable dishes.

Some of the newly expanded vegetarian selections on the main dining room menu include Corn and Zucchini Pancakes served with Southwest-style cous cous salad, Asparagus and Zucchini Torte with wild rice and sun-dried tomato coulees, Carrot and Parmesan Risotto topped with a lemony arugula salad and crispy carrot ribbons, and Grilled Eggplant and Bell Pepper Masala braised in yogurt with Indian spices and served with coconut-pistachio basmati rice.

Extraordinary culinary experiences are a hallmark of every Holland America Line vacation. Aboard each cruise, guests can choose from an array of dining options -- from gourmet-quality fare served in the elegant Pinnacle Grill to casual food favorites served buffet-style in the relaxing Lido Restaurant.

For a full listing of Holland America Line’s culinary offerings, visit http://www.hollandamerica.com/cruise.../Dining.action.
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Thanks for the information about how they work the new vegetarian menu on HAL. Gloria
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HAL Amsterdam 12-8-2014 14-night Panama Canal
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