Last updated: 04:23 PM ET, Wed November 25 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from the High Seas on Holland America Line

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Holland America Line | Jason Leppert | November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from the High Seas on Holland America Line

Photo courtesy of Holland America Line

Holland America Line Master Chef Rudi Sodamin has created a special Thanksgiving menu that will be served fleet-wide tomorrow. Having grown up in Austria, where holiday meals were pivotal, he has brought his regional inspirations to the traditional feast. No matter where you celebrate, you can imagine what the holiday will taste like onboard.

“Creating a spectacular Thanksgiving menu for my own family, and for every Holland American Line guest, is a project close to my heart,” said Sodamin. “Our guests chose to share this special holiday with us on board, and I want to be sure that they have a memorable meal with classic favorites, as well as dishes with some modern twists.”

As a result, the culinary team comprised of thousands of chefs will whip up a masterpiece of cuisine with the following choices for guests to enjoy:


Ambrosia fruit;

Pilgrim’s meat terrine with a Waldorf salad, dilled shrimp and mandarin-orange-cranberry chutney;

Shrimp cocktail

Soups and Salads

Spiced pumpkin soup,

Sweet corn soup,

Carrot vichyssoise,

Bib lettuce salad with red beets


Roasted turkey served with apple and sausage stuffing, giblet gravy, bourbon-infused candied sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, glazed dilled carrots and turnips, and cranberry orange relish;

Brown sugar-glazed salmon;

Honey-baked ham;

Beef tenderloin “Oscar”;

Pumpkin ravioli with Champagne Parmigiano-Reggiano cream


Classic pumpkin pie,

Apple pie à la mode,

Chocolate pecan pie,

Pumpkin tart,

Thanksgiving sundae with apple cider-spiced peaches and walnut brittle crisp

Specialty Cocktails

Plus, the beverage team has concocted:

The Midnight Pumpkin with tequila, Cointreau and pumpkin purée;

The Purple Haze with vodka, Chambord and lime juice;

Pumpkin Pie cocktail with Baileys, Kahlua and pumpkin purée

“Thanksgiving is a cherished time to celebrate the blessings of the season with family and friends,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “Holidays allow our talented chefs to wow our guests with exceptional menus, and we look forward to celebrating with everyone on board.”

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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