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YEAH!!!!!!:):):)

 

Thanks for posting the link.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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It's long overdue.

 

The vegetarian selections have become more popular lately.

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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:

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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

 

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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

 

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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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The article didn't mention if you still have to order off of the vegetarian menu the night before' date=' 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.[/quote']

 

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.

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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 :D

 

Question is: is it bad form for an omnivore to order form the vegetarian menu? :D

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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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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-vacation-onboard/Dining.action.

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