Holland America Line announces 2019 Food & Beverage Aficionado Cruises

Following the success of the 2018 series, Holland America Line has announced dates for the 2019 Food & Beverage Aficionado Cruises.

The Aficionado Cruises showcase the talents of the members of its esteemed Culinary Council, Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff and the line's Chateau Ste. Michelle winemaker partners. The Culinary Council comprises a collection of elite international celebrity chefs who bring global influence to every dining venue across Holland America Line's fleet of premium ships.

The Culinary Council is led by Holland America Line's Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, who is joined by international chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Elizabeth Falkner, Andy Matsuda, Ethan Stowell and Jacques Torres. James Suckling, world-renowned wine critic and Holland America Line's wine curator, has created an extensive new wine list featured on all ships in the premium fleet. The cruise line also collaborates with Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff on its cocktail program and vintners from its home state of Washington, including Chateau Ste. Michelle winery, which helped develop the BLEND wine experience on board Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam.

"Our 2018 Food and Beverage Aficionado Cruises were extremely successful, with every demonstration standing-room-only and each speciality dinner sold out, so we're thrilled to bring this program back in 2019," said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line's president. "Partnering with such a wealth of talented culinary and beverage experts makes Holland America Line unique in the cruise industry, and we're in an incredible position of giving our guests authentic experiences and unprecedented access to these well-known personalities."

During each Food & Beverage Aficionado Cruise, guests will have the opportunity to attend cooking, cocktail or wine demonstrations; get to know the experts at presentations; meet them at photo opportunities; and join an intimate, reservation-only dinner in the Pinnacle Grill.

Guests who wish to make reservations for the speciality dinner can contact Holland America Line's Ship Services Department upon booking to secure their spot.

The 2019 schedule of Food & Beverage Aficionado Cruises can be found here.