Dining on Nieuw Statendam

Aboard Nieuw Statendam, dining transcends mere sustenance to become an integral part of the voyage’s experience, inviting passengers to embark on a culinary journey as rich and varied as the destinations the ship visits. With an array of dining venues that range from casual, alfresco snacks to exquisite, multi-course gourmet meals, the ship caters to every taste and mood. Renowned for its culinary excellence, Holland America Line has curated a selection of dining options on Nieuw Statendam that blend traditional favourites with innovative new flavours, all prepared with the freshest ingredients.

Main Dining

Aboard Nieuw Statendam, the main dining experiences are epitomised by the grandeur of The Dining Room and the exclusivity of Club Orange, each offering distinct atmospheres and culinary delights that cater to a range of preferences and occasions.

The Dining Room serves as the heart of the ship’s culinary experience, spanning two elegant levels connected by a sweeping staircase, and adorned with sophisticated decor that reflects the ocean’s timeless allure. Here, guests are treated to a symphony of flavours, with menus that blend classic favourites with contemporary innovations. Each dish is crafted from the freshest ingredients, reflecting Holland America Line’s dedication to culinary excellence. The Dining Room offers both flexible and fixed seating arrangements, allowing guests to choose a dining style that suits their preference, be it a private table for two or a shared table for making new friends. The attentive service, from knowledgeable sommeliers to friendly waitstaff, ensures a memorable dining experience from start to finish.

Club Orange provides an elevated dining experience for those guests seeking an extra layer of exclusivity and personalisation. This private venue offers a dedicated space for guests staying in Neptune and Pinnacle Suites, and those who have purchased the Club Orange program, delivering an enhanced level of service and a menu that includes additional dishes beyond those available in The Dining Room. The setting is intimate, and the service is notably attentive, creating a feeling of being in a private club. Club Orange members also enjoy the added benefit of priority access to other dining venues aboard the ship, making it an attractive option for food enthusiasts looking for a more personalised touch to their culinary journey.

Specialty Restaurants

Each restaurant is a testament to Holland America Line’s commitment to offering exceptional dining experiences that cater to a variety of tastes and preferences.

Rudi’s Sel de Mer: A French seafood brasserie, Rudi’s Sel de Mer presents a delectable menu curated by Chef Rudi Sodamin. The restaurant is known for its fresh seafood dishes, prepared with a modern twist and served in a chic, intimate setting reminiscent of a Parisian bistro. Signature dishes include the Seafood Tower and Salt Crust Baked Branzino, which are not only a treat for the palette but also for the eyes. This dining venues costs $49 per person, however some dishes will incur an extra charge.

Pinnacle Grill: Pinnacle Grill offers an exquisite dining experience, focusing on premium steaks and seafood. This restaurant is distinguished by its use of the finest ingredients, including sustainably sourced beef and fresh, wild-caught seafood, prepared with expert culinary techniques. The ambiance is refined, with a hint of Pacific Northwest elegance, reflecting Holland America’s rich heritage. Pinnacle Grill costs $35 per person, with some dishes incurring an extra charge.

Canaletto: Canaletto is the ship’s Italian restaurant, serving classic Italian favourites in a casual, family-style setting. The menu features a variety of pasta, risotto, and grilled meats, alongside antipasti and traditional desserts like tiramisu and panna cotta. Canaletto’s highlight is its sharing platters, encouraging a communal dining experience. Canaletto is charge at a very reasonable $15 per person.

Tamarind: Tamarind stands out for its Pan-Asian cuisine, offering a sophisticated fusion of flavours from China, Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia. The restaurant’s serene decor, inspired by the elements of water, wood, fire, and earth, complements the innovative dishes prepared by skilled chefs. This venue costs $25 per person, with some dishes such as the Wok Seared Lobster incurring an extra supplement.

De Librije: A special mention goes to De Librije, an exclusive dining experience that happens once per cruise. This popup is a collaboration with Chef Jonnie Boer of the three-Michelin-starred restaurant De Librije in the Netherlands. The evening offers a multi-course tasting menu that is a gastronomic exploration of contemporary Dutch cuisine, featuring unique ingredients and inventive presentations. This experience might be a treat for adventurious diners will to try anything which is put in front of them, but for most people, the food many be a little too experimental. De Librije costs $89 per person.

Nami Sushi: Part of Tamarind restaurant, Nami Sushi offers a selection of beautifully crafted sushi and sashimi, prepared with fresh, high-quality ingredients. The a la carte pricing allows guests to sample a variety of items, from classic rolls to innovative creations by the sushi chef. The intimate setting and attention to detail in every dish make Nami Sushi a must-visit for seafood and sushi enthusiasts.

Each specialty restaurant aboard Nieuw Statendam offers a unique dining experience, highlighting different cuisines and culinary traditions. The additional cost per person varies depending on the restaurant and menu choices, providing options for every budget and taste preference. Our personal favourite is Rudi’s Sel de Mer, ranking as the best French restaurant Sail Away Magazine has experienced at sea.

Casual Dining Spots

Onboard Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam, the casual dining venues offer passengers a diverse and delightful range of options to satisfy every craving without the need for formal wear. Each venue has its own unique charm, catering to different tastes and preferences. Here’s a closer look at the casual dining experiences aboard Nieuw Statendam:

Lido Market: The Lido Market takes the concept of the buffet to a higher level with themed stations serving up a variety of dishes from around the world. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed, with a focus on fresh, made-to-order selections. Expect an international variety ranging from hearty breakfasts to sumptuous dinner options. Stations include an incredible salad bar, mouth-watering deli, Asian cuisine, tasty desserts, and a carving station, among others. The emphasis on fresh ingredients and live cooking stations ensures a high-quality buffet experience. The buffet restaurants on Holland America ships ranks as some of the best in the industry, in Sail Away Magazine’s view.

Dive-In: Dive-In is perfect for those looking for a quick and satisfying meal without missing a moment of poolside fun. It’s known for serving some of the best burgers at sea, matching Five Guys in quality – but without the high price tag. The menu includes gourmet burgers, hot dogs, and fries, all with catchy names and delicious toppings. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

New York Pizza: Offering a taste of the Big Apple at sea, New York Pizza serves up made-to-order pizzas in a casual, outdoor setting with views of the beautiful main pool area. Guests can customise their pizzas with a variety of toppings or choose from a menu of signature pies. The venue also serves salads and desserts, making it a perfect spot for a casual lunch or a late-night snack. New York Pizza ranks as some of the best pizza at sea, make sure you try some!

Gelato: For those with a sweet tooth, Gelato is a must-visit. This dessert station offers a range of freshly made gelatos and sorbets in a variety of flavours. Choose from classic gelato flavours like chocolate and vanilla or opt for something more adventurous. The sorbets, made from real fruit, are a refreshing treat, especially on warm sea days. Gelato is an extra charge venue.

Grand Dutch Café: Reflecting Holland America Line’s Dutch heritage, the Grand Dutch Café offers a cosy spot to enjoy coffee, snacks, and light meals in a charming European-inspired setting. The café serves Dutch specialties like poffertjes (mini pancakes), dutch pastries and a selection of Dutch beers and liqueurs. Coffee lovers will appreciate the quality espresso and coffee drinks served here, matching Starbucks in quality.

These casual dining venues on Nieuw Statendam ensure that guests can enjoy a wide range of dining experiences throughout their cruise, from quick bites to relaxed, sit-down meals. Each offer something unique, contributing to the overall culinary diversity and excellence that Holland America Line is known for.

Dining Tips and Recommendations

Dining aboard Nieuw Statendam offers a range of experiences, from casual bites to upscale gastronomy, ensuring every meal is an event in itself. To enhance your culinary journey on this magnificent vessel, here are some tips and recommendations:

Explore the Dining Packages

For those keen on trying multiple specialty restaurants, consider purchasing a dining package at the beginning of your cruise. These packages can offer a significant discount compared to paying for each meal individually. It’s an excellent way to experience the culinary diversity aboard Nieuw Statendam without stretching your budget.

Make Reservations Early

Some of the more popular dining venues, especially specialty restaurants like Rudi’s Sel de Mer and Pinnacle Grill, can book up quickly. Make your reservations as soon as possible, either online before your cruise or immediately upon boarding, to secure your spot at these coveted tables.

Don’t Miss the Tamarind

The Tamarind stands out for its Pan-Asian menu, offering a fusion of flavours from Japan, China, Thailand, and Indonesia. It’s not just the food that’s exceptional; the venue offers stunning ocean views, making for a memorable dining experience. Try the sushi bar for some of the best seafood on board.

Enjoy Complimentary Dining

Beyond the specialty dining options, Nieuw Statendam offers excellent complimentary dining venues. The Main Dining Room provides a rotational menu that includes vegetarian and healthy living options. For a more casual atmosphere, the Lido Market offers a buffet-style dining experience with a variety of choices, from comfort foods to international dishes. The Lido Market is one of the best buffets at sea you will find, so make sure you take advantage of it.

Visit the Dive-In for Lunch

For a quick and satisfying lunch, Dive-In at the Lido Pool offers gourmet burgers and hot dogs with a selection of unique toppings, alongside crispy fries. It’s a perfect spot for a casual meal without having to stray too far from the poolside fun.

Indulge in the Dutch Café

For a taste of Holland America’s Dutch heritage, the Dutch Café offers a delightful range of Dutch snacks, coffees, and beer. It’s a cosy spot for a relaxed breakfast or a mid-afternoon break. Don’t miss out on the Dutch Apple Pie – it’s a treat.

Room Service for a Night In

For those evenings when you prefer the comfort of your stateroom, Nieuw Statendam’s room service offers an excellent alternative. The menu includes everything from breakfast items to late-night snacks, allowing you to enjoy a quiet, private meal.

Explore Wine Pairing Options

Nieuw Statendam boasts an impressive selection of wines from around the world. Many of the specialty restaurants offer wine pairing suggestions with their dishes. Don’t hesitate to ask the sommelier for recommendations to enhance your dining experience with the perfect wine.

Special Dietary Needs

The ship accommodates special dietary needs, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher options. It’s advisable to communicate any dietary restrictions to the cruise staff ahead of your trip or at the dining venues to ensure your needs are met throughout your journey.

Savour the Experience

Lastly, dining on the Nieuw Statendam is not just about the food—it’s about the experience. Each restaurant is designed with a unique theme and ambiance. Take the time to enjoy the decor, the service, and the company. Dining aboard is an opportunity to make memories just as much as it is about indulging in global cuisine.

By following these tips, you’re set to enjoy a culinary adventure that complements the breathtaking destinations and luxurious amenities that Nieuw Statendam has to offer.

Conclusion

Dining aboard Nieuw Statendam is a pivotal part of the cruise experience, offering guests an exquisite journey through taste and culture. From the intricate flavours of specialty dining to the relaxed atmosphere of casual eateries, each restaurant provides a unique culinary exploration. The ship’s commitment to quality, variety, and innovation is evident in every dish served, ensuring that there’s something to satisfy every palette.

Whether indulging in a fine dining experience at one of the specialty restaurants, enjoying the convenience and variety of the Lido Market, or exploring the unique tastes offered at the exclusive pop-up dining venue De Librije, guests are treated to a world-class dining experience. Coupled with impeccable service and a setting that combines elegance with comfort, the food and dining experience on Nieuw Statendam is not just about nourishment; it’s about creating memorable moments and enriching the overall cruise journey.

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