Dining on the Maasdam of Holland America Line

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    Rotterdam Dining Room

    Rotterdam Dining Room
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison

    Diverse Venues and Interesting Cuisine on Mid-Sized Cruise Ship

    The Maasdam cruise ship of the Holland America Line has several different dining venues, ranging from the casual Lido Buffet and poolside Terrace Grill to the elegant Pinnacle Grill. The ship also has special dining events, including "A Night at Le Cirque" and a Cellar Master's wine pairing dinner.

    This photo gallery includes pictures of all the dining venues and some of the interesting dishes served on a "Voyage of the Vikings" transatlantic cruise itinerary between Boston and Amsterdam.

    The Maasdam is filled with fresh flowers like these outside the Rotterdam Dining Room.

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    Rotterdam Dining Room

    Rotterdam Dining Room
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison
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    Rotterdam Dining Room

    Rotterdam Dining Room
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison
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    Rotterdam Dining Room

    Rotterdam Dining Room
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison
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    Pinnacle Grill

    Pinnacle Grill
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison
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    Lobster Bisque at the Pinnacle Grill

    Lobster Bisque at the Pinnacle Grill
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison
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    Dungeness Crab Cakes at the Pinnacle Grill

    Dungeness Crab Cakes at the Pinnacle Grill
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison

    The sweet chili mustard sauce made these Dungeness crab cakes even more tasty.

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    Beefsteak Tomato Salad at the Pinnacle Grill

    Beefsteak Tomato Salad at the Pinnacle Grill
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison

    These tomatoes were vine-ripened and came with purple onions and a blue cheese dressing. Delicious salad for the summertime.

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    Surf and Turf

    Surf and Turf at the Pinnacle Grill
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison
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    Lamb Chops at the Pinnacle Grill

    Lamb Chops at the Pinnacle Grill
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison
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    Trio of Creme Brulee

    Trio of Creme Brulee
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison
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    Flaming Baked Alaska for Dessert

    Flaming Baked Alaska for Dessert
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison
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    Grill Lunch by the Pool

    Grill Lunch by the Pool
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison
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    Lido Buffet Dining Room

    Lido Buffet Dining Room
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison
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    Lido Buffet Dining Room

    Lido Buffet Dining Room
    Lido Buffet Dining Room
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    Le Cirque Dinner at the Pinnacle Grill

    Le Cirque Dinner at the Pinnacle Grill
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison
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    Le Cirque Table Setting at the Pinnacle Grill

    Le Cirque Table Setting at the Pinnacle Grill
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison
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    Le Cirque Amuse at the Pinnacle Grill

    Le Cirque Amuse at the Pinnacle Grill
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison

    This small taste of foie gras was just the beginning of a memorable Le Cirque dinner at the Pinnacle Grill.

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    Le Cirque Lobster Salad at the Pinnacle Grill

    Le Cirque Lobster Salad at the Pinnacle Grill
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison
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    Le Cirque Chilled Yogurt and Melon Soup with Shrimp

    Le Cirque Chilled Yogurt and Melon Soup with Shrimp at the Pinnacle Grill
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison
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    Le Cirque Butternut Squash Soup with Huckleberries and Sage

    Le Cirque Butternut Squash Soup with Huckleberries and Sage at the Pinnacle Grill
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison
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    Le Cirque Rack of Lamb at the Pinnacle Grill

    Le Cirque Rack of Lamb at the Pinnacle Grill
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison

    This rack of lamb was accompanied by artichokes, goat cheese, and arugula. It was delicious!

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    Le Cirque Black Cod at the Pinnacle Grill

    Le Cirque Black Cod at the Pinnacle Grill
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison

    This black cod was in a very nice red wine beurre rouge and was cooked perfectly.

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    Le Cirque Chocolate Souffle with Vanilla Gelato

    Le Cirque Chocolate Souffle with Vanilla Gelato at the Pinnacle Grill
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison
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    Le Cirque Creme Brulee

    Le Cirque Creme Brulee at the Pinnacle Grill
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison
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    Table Setting at the Pinnacle Grill

    Table Setting at the Pinnacle Grill
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison

    Don't you just love this Bvlgari china and Riedel stemware? This table setting is used at the Cellarmaster's Dinner in the Pinnacle Grill.

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    Cellarmaster's Dinner Foie Gras and Pastrami with Carrot and Ginger Marmalade

    Cellarmaster's Dinner of Foie Gras and Pastrami with Carrot and Ginger Marmalade
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison

    I'm not much of a foie gras fan, but this rouleaux with pastrami and the delicious carrot and ginger marmalade was very good.

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    Cellarmaster's Dinner Grilled Asparagus with Smoked Salmon and Wasabi Cream

    Cellarmaster's Dinner Grilled Asparagus with Smoked Salmon and Wasabi Cream
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    Cellarmaster's Dinner Dark Chocolate Extravaganza Dessert

    Cellarmaster's Dinner Dark Chocolate Extravaganza Dessert
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison

    I love dark chocolate, and this dessert was sublime! It is a dark chocolate mousse, dark chocolate Bavarian cream, and dark chocolate brownie, with a mixed berry compote on the side. Heavenly!

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    Chocolate Chip and Raisin Bread Pudding at the Culinary Center

    Chocolate Chip and Raisin Bread Pudding at the Culinary Center
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison

    The hot bread pudding on the Maasdam is a passenger favorite, so the chefs showed us how to make this tasty one at the Culinary Center cooking demonstration.

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    Making Baked Alaska at the Culinary Center

    Making Baked Alaska at the Culinary Center
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison

    Delicious Baked Alaska is on the Pinnacle Grill menu and was prepared by the chef at one of the cooking demonstrations.

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    Making Le Cirque Lobster Salad at the Culinary Center

    Making Le Cirque Lobster Salad at the Culinary Center
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison

    The Maasdam had a cooking demonstration on every sea day, and we got to get the recipe and sample the results! This lobster salad is served at the Le Cirque dinner in the Pinnacle Grill.

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    Canaletto

    Canaletto
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison

    Canaletto is a casual Italian restaurant on the Maasdam that occupies a small corner of the Lido buffet space. This photo was taken during the daytime to show the table layout. In the evening, it's much more elegant and very cozy. Plus, the food is terrific!

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    Canaletto Veal Scaloppini

    Canaletto Veal Scaloppini
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison

    The Veal Milanese main course at Canaletto on the Maasdam consists of breaded veal scaloppini, accompanied by Porcini mushrooms, spaghetti, and vegetables. Very tasty!

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    Canaletto Trio of Tiramisu

    Canaletto Trio of Tiramisu
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison

    Most everyone seems to love the Italian dessert tiramisu. This trio at Canaletto comes in three flavors--espresso, amaretto, and lemon.

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    Terrace Grill

    Terrace Grill
    Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison

    The casual Terrace Grill is located next to the indoor/outdoor pool and serves hamburgers, hot dogs, tacos, and sandwiches every day. On one day each cruise, the pool grill serves up Indonesian specialties, and other days the ship has a crab fest, fish market, or Dutch pea soup by the pool.