World-renowned celebrity chefs,
vintners and cocktail collaborator host select 2019 cruises
Wash., Nov. 26, 2018
— Following the success of the 2018 series, Holland America Line is announcing
dates for the 2019 Food
& Beverage Aficionado Cruises that 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.
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
2018 Food and Beverage Aficionado Cruises were extremely successful, with every
demonstration standing-room only and each specialty 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."
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.
who wish to make reservations for the specialty dinner can contact Holland
America Line's Ship Services Department upon booking to secure their
2019 schedule of Food & Beverage Aficionado Cruises includes:
Rudi Sodamin, Culinary Council Chairman
Sodamin was born in Austria and trained in France. The Master Chef
recently released his
latest culinary masterpiece, an art table book called "Food Faces" featuring
more than 150 images of edible creations that display a whimsical spectrum of
human emotion. His "Food Faces" have also been immortalized on Bernardaud
porcelain and are on display in Rudi's Sel de Mer, a sea brasserie available on
all Holland America Line ships. Sodamin's innovative
approach has made him the most decorated chef on the world's oceans.
- Nieuw Statendam, 7-Day
Eastern Caribbean, Feb. 17, 2019, roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- Veendam, 7-Day
Eastern Caribbean, Nov. 13, 2019, roundtrip Fort Lauderdale
Burke is a restaurateur, cookbook author, inventor and consultant
at ESquared Hospitality, which owns and operates the BLT restaurant brand. He
has been featured on "Iron Chef America" and "Top Chef Masters." He is a graduate of the Culinary
Institute of America and has worked with legendary chefs in France and New
7-Day Western Caribbean, March 3, 2019, roundtrip Tampa, Florida
7-Day Canada & New England, Sept. 7, 2019, Boston, Massachusetts, to
Montréal, Québec, Canada
The Japanese-born Matsuda is at the forefront of sushi trends and
techniques. At Matsuda's Sushi Chef Institute in Los Angeles, California, he
teaches aspiring chefs and professionals about sushi and Japanese cuisine.
- Nieuw Statendam,
7-Day Eastern Caribbean, March 3, 2019, roundtrip Fort Lauderdale
7-Day Mexican Riviera, Oct. 19, 2019, roundtrip San Diego, California
With an impressive roster of highly acclaimed restaurants, Stowell
has helped to change the face of the Seattle food scene. He was named one of
the Best New Chefs in America by FOOD & WINE magazine in 2008 and
chosen as one of the Best New Chef All-Stars in 2013.
7-Day Alaskan Explorer, May 11, 2019, roundtrip Seattle, Washington
7-Day Alaska Glacier Discovery, July 21, 2019, Vancouver, British
Columbia, Canada, to Seward, Alaska
A French-trained Master Chef and artisan chocolatier, Torres is a
James Beard award winner. After rising to executive pastry chef at New York's
legendary Le Cirque, he opened a chocolate factory and stores throughout New
York. Torres is co-hosting the Netflix culinary show "Nailed It" with Nicole
7-Day Canada & New England Discovery, June 1, 2019, Montréal to Boston
7-Day Canada & New England Discovery, Sept. 28, 2019, Montréal to
DeGroff received the James Beard Award for Wine & Spirits, was
inducted into the prestigious James Beard Who's Who of Food and Beverage in
America in 2015 and is author of "The Essential Cocktail" and "The Craft of the
Cocktail." He is a partner in the award-winning Beverage Alcohol Resource
bar-training program and founding president of the Museum of the American
- Zuiderdam, 11-Day
Panama Canal Sunfarer, April 10, 2019, roundtrip Fort Lauderdale
7-Day Alaska Glacier Discovery, Aug. 4, 2019, Seward to Vancouver
Vintners Share Their Love of Wine
spotlight is on wine — and its fascinating journey from vine to table — on
select Nieuw Statendam and Koningsdam itineraries throughout
2019. On each of these special cruises, a different Chateau Ste. Michelle
expert will join the onboard vinologist for several one-hour sessions each day
at BLEND by Chateau Ste. Michelle. They'll also be present for the ship's
special Cellar Master's Dinner at the Culinary Arts Center, where the accent
will be on perfect wine and food pairings. There is a modest fee for this
BLEND — the only
purpose-built wine-blending venue at sea — has a tasting table that
accommodates 10 guests who can create their own blend from a selection of five
barrels of single-vineyard red wine. In addition to participating in the
blending process, guests also will learn about wine from each wine expert.
BLEND has a small fee.
Portney, Vice President, International Sales
Portney is a veteran of the wine industry with 43 years of
experience. He became vice president, international sales, for Chateau Ste.
Michelle in 2006 after running his own company. Portney travels more than 200
days a year assisting the many people representing the wines of Ste. Michelle
Wine Estates and their associated wineries.
- Nieuw Statendam, 14-Day
Azores & Normandy Expedition, April 21, 2019, Fort Lauderdale to
Kloster, Vice President, Group Brand Director
Kloster joined Ste. Michelle Wine Estates in August of 2005 as
Marketing Manager supporting Chateau Ste. Michelle and Domain Ste. Michelle
brands. She has worked in roles touching all of the Washington brands,
including Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14 Hands, Columbia Crest, Spring Valley
Vineyard, Northstar and Col Solare.
- Nieuw Statendam, 7-Day
Vikings Saga, Aug. 18, 2019, roundtrip Amsterdam
Asikainen, National Wine Educator
As National Wine Educator for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates,
Asikainen is responsible for a wide breadth of educational activities
representing the entire portfolio of domestic and import wines. Asikainen is
certified through the Court of Master Sommeliers and Society of Wine Educators.
- Nieuw Statendam, 7-Day Tropical Caribbean, Nov. 24, 2019, roundtrip Fort
As an enologist, Butterfield describes his role as "caretaker" of
the red wines at Chateau Ste. Michelle's Canoe Ridge Estate Winery in Paterson,
Washington. The winery houses over 85,000 oak barrels filled with wine from
Washington state. He keeps track and monitors each lot of wine from harvest to
- Nieuw Statendam, 7-Day
Tropical Caribbean, Dec. 15, 2019, roundtrip Fort Lauderdale
Guillen, Marketing Manager
Guillen develops and supports the annual marketing plans and
cross-functional project management for Chateau Ste. Michelle, Eroica and Anew
brands. Guillen is a long-time wine enthusiast and loves experiencing new
cultures, cuisine and people. Her favorite travel destinations are wineries and
vineyards around the world.
- Koningsdam, 10-Day
Southern Caribbean, Feb. 3, 2019, roundtrip Fort Lauderdale
and winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle, Keller oversees the winery operations
and collaborates with her winemaking team to develop blends and tastes for the
- Koningsdam, 11-Day
Ancient Empires, June 1, 2019, roundtrip Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
assistant winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle and has been with the winery for
more than 20 years, working in most aspects of the business. Koh regularly
shares her knowledge and experience at tastings and wine-pairing meals.
- Koningsdam, 13-Day
Mediterranean Legends, June 24, 2019, roundtrip Civitavecchia (Rome)
Scallan, Senior Vice President, Marketing
Scallan joined Ste. Michelle Wine Estates in September 2000 as
Director of Marketing for Columbia Crest Winery. Prior to his current role, he
served as vice president of domestic brands and vice president group brand
director, with responsibilities including innovation.
- Koningsdam, 12-Day
Mediterranean Legends, July 29, 2019, roundtrip Civitavecchia (Rome)
Horsey, Wine Educator
National Wine Educator for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Horsey is responsible
for a variety of educational activities representing the entire portfolio of wines.
Horsey is a 35-year veteran of the wine industry and has conducted more than
2,000 seminars on all aspects of wine.
- Nieuw Statendam,
14-Day Premiere Voyage, Dec. 5, 2018, Transatlantic crossing from
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, to Fort Lauderdale
is the assistant traveling winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle and works with
partner facilities in Washington to ensure quality with daily tastings and
assesses grape maturity.
- Nieuw Statendam,
7-Day Vikings Sagas, May 5, 2019, roundtrip Amsterdam
Chauncey, Director of Education
more than 30 years' experience in the wine and culinary industry, Chauncey
oversees Chateau Ste. Michelle's new Visitor Center and corporate education
program, and creates a wide array of winetasting experiences for the more than
300,000 guests who visit the winery each year.
- Nieuw Statendam,
7-Day Eastern Caribbean, Feb. 17, 2019, roundtrip Fort Lauderdale
more information, contact a travel advisor, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL
or visit hollandamerica.com.
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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and
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Holland America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers more than 500
cruises to more than 400 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies
around the world. From shorter getaways to 113-day itineraries, the company's
cruises visit all seven continents, with highlights including Antarctica
explorations, South America circumnavigations, Cuba cruises and exotic
Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; four annual Grand Voyages; and popular
sailings to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada and New England, Bermuda,
Europe and the Panama Canal. The line welcomed Koningsdam in 2016 and has a
second Pinnacle-class ship, Nieuw Statendam, to be delivered in December 2018.
A third Pinnacle-class ship will be delivered in 2021.
The company is undergoing $300 million in brand enhancements to
secure its position as the leader in premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships
feature innovative initiatives and a diverse range of enriching experiences
focused on destination immersion and personalized travel. Guests can expand
their knowledge through an exclusive partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine;
during an America's Test Kitchen show; at Explorations Café presented by The
New York Times; and by taking a Digital Workshop powered by Windows.
Outstanding entertainment fills each evening at venues including Lincoln Center
Stage, Billboard Onboard and B.B. King's Blues Club. The dining experience can
be savored at a variety of restaurants with menus that feature selections from
Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary Council, comprising world-famous chefs
who design dishes exclusively for our guests.