Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Volendam Cruise a Culinary Adventure; Denise Pickering Delights in the Cultural Colour of a 17-Day Far East Discovery Cruise

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Volendam Cruise a Culinary Adventure; Denise Pickering Delights in the Cultural Colour of a 17-Day Far East Discovery Cruise

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THREE sampans bobbed in tune to Mozartas Magic Flute as they steered towards us for a closer look.

The Vietnamese were enjoying their playful, close encounter and the Volendamas passengers watched in delight as the small fishing craft overtook the giant liner.

Mozart played on and the champagne flowed for the guests who looked dashing in all their finery.

It was two worlds, a shipas window apart, aboard Holland America Lineas Volendam a an evening when glitz and glamour would replace the daytime bikinis and boardies.

Of course, in the stifling heat and humidity on this January evening, the latter would have been the desired option but never acceptable under Volendamas strict dining dress code.

Besides, tonight was all about putting on the ritz for Volendamas Evening at Le Cirque, a culinary journey to New Yorkas renowned Le Cirque restaurant.

Created by Holland Americaas master chef Rudi Sodamin and Le Cirqueas executive chef Craig Hopson, the dining extravaganza is a once-only event on most Holland America cruises.

So popular was Le Cirque on this 17-day Far East Discovery cruise that a second was scheduled for passengers who had missed out. Holland America highly recommends passengers book prior to cruising a and we were glad we did.

Everything synonymous with this world-famous restaurant, right down to the orange Le Cirque china, is recreated for this dining experience.

Tonight we had persuaded our 13-year-old, more a fan of Volendamas casual buffet dining or poolside burger and taco bar, to join us, suit and all.

With son in tow and expectations high, we entered the world of Le Cirque (Volendamas transformed Pinnancle Grill restaurant) for what would prove to be one of our best dining experiences ever.

Le Cirqueas rich and famous clientele may not have been seated at the next table, but we had attained that highly coveted reservation and tonight its iconic dishes were all there for selection, including de-constructed Caesar salad, lobster salad, rack of lamb, paupiette of black bass and signature dessert creme brulee. …

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