Culinary Coastal Cruises on Holland America Line

Ana Figueroa If you have clients interested in sampling a taste of Holland America Line, two special coastal cruises this September may be of interest. The cruises, in conjunction with Food & Wine magazine, will highlight HAL’s recently upgraded onboard Culinary Arts Centers. Both cruises depart Sept

By: Ana Figueroa

If you have clients interested in sampling a taste of Holland America Line, two special coastal cruises this September may be of interest. The cruises, in conjunction with Food & Wine magazine, will highlight HAL’s recently upgraded onboard Culinary Arts Centers. Both cruises depart Sept. 25 from Vancouver, BC. One is a three-day cruise to San Diego on the Ryndam, and the other is a four-day cruise to Los Angeles on the Veendam.
The San Diego cruise will feature Mike Davis, chef and owner of 26 brix Restaurant in Walla Walla, Washington. Ryndam passengers can experience the new Culinary Arts Center, which allows them to watch Chef Davis demonstrate cooking techniques. Davis is known for his “neoclassical” cooking style that combines Northwest cuisine with classical European techniques. He is the spokesperson for Walla Walla sweet onions and his 10-course “Walla Walla Extravaganza” menu was recently featured at the famed James Beard House in New York City.
Chef Davis trained at acclaimed restaurants, including Ponti Seafood Grill in Seattle, The Village at Breckenridge and The Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado. He also served as executive chef at The Salish Lodge and Spa at Snoqualimie Falls, Washington. His goal is to turn the Walla Walla culinary scene into the “Napa of the Northwest.” Cruise fares for the three-day cruise to San Diego start at $299 per person, double occupancy.
The Los Angeles cruise on the Veendam will feature wine tasting with Susan and Alison Sokol Blosser of Oregon’s acclaimed Sokol Blosser Winery. Guests will enjoy Sokol Blosser’s world-class pinot noir and other wines during presentations by the mother-daughter team. They will also learn about the process of producing premium, handcrafted wines.
Sokol Blosser is the first Oregon winery to produce a pinot noir with the new Dundee Hills appellation, which was designated an American Viticultural Area in January. The family-owned winery has been in business for more than three decades, and has won numerous awards for its sustainably produced wines, especially Pinot Noir. Susan Sokol Blosser is owner and president of the winery. Her daughter Alison is marketing director. Cruise fares start at $389 per person, double occupancy.

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