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
Maasdam (c) Linda Garrison
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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.

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