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CtheW0rld May 3rd, 2012 04:57 AM

Holland America Line Now Serves A New Vegetarian-Only Alternative Menu
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1of4 May 3rd, 2012 06:05 AM


Thanks for posting the link.

Krazy Kruizers May 3rd, 2012 06:51 AM

Thanks for the link.

Definitely not for me.

But it is good to know that HAL is thinking about the vegetarians.

mrsbuddha123 May 3rd, 2012 07:10 AM

My husband can stop ordering triple side orders of vegetables.

TheCalicoCat May 3rd, 2012 07:48 AM


innlady1 May 3rd, 2012 07:50 AM

When we were on Maasdam in January, they had at least one vegetarian entree each dinner in the MDR. They sounded very appetizing, too.

luvcruisn' May 3rd, 2012 08:38 AM

Ordering the night before?
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.

Petronillus May 3rd, 2012 10:32 AM

Healthy Eating/Cruising
Thanks, OP, for posting the link. Some of us -- and I speak from firsthand knowledge :o:o:o -- are struggling with newly diagnosed diabetes, are mortally fearful of the prospect of insulin injections, and are therefore much more attentive to what we eat. The temptation is enormous to declare a dietary holiday during the Christmas season and on "special" occasions like a cruise. This initiative on HAL's part is welcome news.

Of course, vegetarian and even vegan dishes are not necessarily low-fat or low-calorie or low-carbohydrate. So, I'm resolved to exercise both restraint in MDA and myself in the fitness center! I wonder, do the menus list the number of carbs per serving for the vegeterian/vegan options?

P.S. This is what I thought the "Healthy Cruising" thread was going to be about.

jlrob May 3rd, 2012 11:06 AM

Just looked at the site. Love the sound of many of the dishes. Will definitely be trying many of the dishes out, even if I'm not a vegetarian. Hopefully the menu will be available on our upcoming cruise. Might even get my DH to try one.

magandab May 3rd, 2012 11:31 AM

I've often ordered the vegetarian entree in the MDR and it's always been wonderful, often better than what my tablemates have chosen. No fear of a tough cut of meat! Looking forward to the expanded selection in November/December on the Oodam.

VAtravelers100 May 3rd, 2012 11:45 AM

This is great to know - thanks a lot for sharing! Wow, some of those dishes sound delicious. It's interesting that you have to specially request the menu. It would be great to find out if you can just do that in-the-moment in the MDR, or whether you have to do it ahead of time somehow.

PathfinderEss May 3rd, 2012 12:07 PM

Thanks for the link. Certainly this will be helpful for vegetarian's/vegan's and passengers that just like there veggies.

travelmatron May 3rd, 2012 12:36 PM

That's just great news. I've shared the link with vegetarian cruising friends. To vegetarians, vegans, and those who just prefer veggies most of the time, this is a very welcome addition to HALs menu options.

Typhoon1 May 3rd, 2012 07:23 PM

It's long overdue.

The vegetarian selections have become more popular lately.

sail7seas May 3rd, 2012 07:33 PM

I'm not vegetarian but eat a large amount of veggies. More than 3/4 of my diet is veggie so this is good news to me. I have noticed and commented here that on recent cruises, there have been a number of vegetarian offerings on the regular MDR dinner menu but when they load it with cream/butter sauces, bread crumbs and other high fat, high calorie, empty carbs, it becomes less appealing to me.

The trick, IMO, is to do as Petronillus and I wish for......... keep it low calorie and healthful. These wonderful chefs have that talent and imagination so I hope it happens.
Food can be delicious, moderately priced, and healthful. Seems these days more and more people seek that.

From the Press Release:


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.

Everyone of those things sound delicious to me.... except maybe not the Baked Cheese Polenta. :o I might skip that one. :D

whogo May 3rd, 2012 07:59 PM

I would like assurances that they are really vegetarian and contain to meat broth or gelatin and that the cheese was not made with rennet.

EagleRocker May 3rd, 2012 10:17 PM

Fantastic! There are five of us travelling on the Zuiderdam in May 2013, and the three of us who are vegetarians will much appreciate this. Not that I had any trouble eating vegetarian on a past HAL cruise. As other have said, the vegetarian options in the MDR ususally are quite good, and I ate a great vegetarian meal in the Pinnacle.

irvington May 3rd, 2012 11:43 PM

This is great, since I like to eat mostly vegetarian. 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?

sail7seas May 3rd, 2012 11:57 PM

There have been more vegetarian choices added to the regular menu in recent months. It don't think it's 'bad form' to ask for both menus. No reason anyone should mind. IMO

fatcat04 May 4th, 2012 02:41 AM

We found the Noordam's vegetarian options to be quite good, fresh and flavorful. When the meat dishes did not appeal to us, we opted for the veggie dishes, many times including pasta. Was a good choice each time. I am happy to see them do this. :)

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