Holland America Line Introduces Fleetwide After-Dinner Chocolate Parade

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#22
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Just got off the 14 day July 17th Amsterdam cruise & we had this at 9:30 on Gala night. I can remember 5 different offerings, with the little chocolate cupcakes being extremely dry but everything else delicious. (BTW, the only cupcake I ever tried in the Lido buffet was pretty horrible, too. And everyday the different cupcake offering looked the same as the last.) We always hung out on 5th floor & I think it was offered just throughout that floor. YUM!
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#23
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Originally posted by rkacruiser
It was not offered on the July 3rd sailing of the Amsterdam. I'm not a chocoholic, but I do enjoy some chocolate treats once in awhile. Like the idea of the double chocolate cupcakes, but how to keep the crumbs off my tux and white formal shirt?
Bob, just tuck that big white napkin under your chin....and go for it! There's nothing better than getting messy with chocolate...
#24
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Doubt it's going to happen, but I'd love it if they would return the chocolate truffles to Explorers Lounge
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#25
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Originally posted by TiogaCruiser
Doubt it's going to happen, but I'd love it if they would return the chocolate truffles to Explorers Lounge
We had them for free in the Explorations Café on Koningsdam in the evenings, strawberries dipped in chocolate as well !
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Originally posted by Herfnerd
I fully intend to find out! My wife will vouch for me - on the Carnival Fantasy out of NOLA, I just about ate myself sick with chocolate, lol!

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#28
Atlanta
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Joined Jun 2014
They did this on the Eurodam in April. I don't remember anything memorable about the desserts (except the macaroons yum), but It drove a ton of people to the music walk. The Music Walk deserves it. Super talented musicians.
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#31
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They did it on the World Cruise this year..
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#32
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We just returned from our cruise to Alaska on the Eurodam. The "Chocolate Surprise" was a complete joke and a major disappointment, one of the very few from our wonderful cruise. It was supposed to start at 9:45, according to our "When and Where", and it only said "Throughout deck 2". At 9:55 we went downstairs and there was nothing to be seen. We walked towards the forward part of the ship and eventually found several people in the hallway outside of the Pinnacle Grill & Bar. A scant few of them had a few goodies in their hands. The rest (maybe 20-30 people) were standing around looking confused, upset or annoyed. My husband saw the dining manager - we'd met him earlier in the week - and asked where the event was and he told him that it was over! 10 minutes after it was supposed to start! This article says it's supposed to last 3 hours? HA! And obviously they must not have had much to offer because there were several people looking expectant, asking what was going on just as we were. Then a few guys in kitchen aprons and chefs hats started rolling a cart that lo and behold had more goodies on it. They were taking it away when people were standing there waiting! The crowd basically made them stop. Don't try to keep us ladies from our chocolate! My husband managed to grab a cupcake, a truffle and a cake pop for us to share. The cupcake was actually quite good, better than they usually are in the Lido, and the truffle was very yummy. Cake pop was only meh. But I was really annoyed by the whole thing. I do see the article is dated August 2 and our "Chocolate surprise" was supposed to be August 3, so I thought perhaps they were not well equipped or trained for this, but now I see from this thread that they've been doing this on Eurodam for months! Now I'm even more annoyed. I wish I had remembered this before I did my satisfaction survey. :-/
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Enjoyed reading your post. Looks like only the pax were surprised.


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#34
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The Rotterdam did a great job doing it a few days ago.
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As long as it doesn't turn into those cheesy parades of Baked Alaska and such that cruise lines had in the past... A group of servers quietly circulating through the room with passed desserts, with no fanfare, no making the servers embarrassed by having to dance or sing - OK. Let's keep it classy, like when you are at a cocktail party and there are passed hor d'oeurves....
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#36
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Originally posted by slidergirl
As long as it doesn't turn into those cheesy parades of Baked Alaska and such that cruise lines had in the past... A group of servers quietly circulating through the room with passed desserts, with no fanfare, no making the servers embarrassed by having to dance or sing - OK. Let's keep it classy, like when you are at a cocktail party and there are passed hor d'oeurves....
I agree with what you are saying. The "event" needs to be listed in the daily program, whatever it is called during that cruise, as to where and when. As to the "when", it ought to be longer than just a brief period of time.
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#37
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HAVE ONLY BEEN ON INAUGURAL OF kONIGSDAM. so much negative about HAL am nervous about Oct. 10 Zuiderdam Canada New England. Refurbished, they say in 2015 and we hear dirty and torn and old and out-dated. A lot of money for a suite and does not sound good. Knitandfly
#38
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I think it is important to read all the messages, all the threads in the forum not just the complaints, and also keep in mind that (with regard to all things, not just cruises) people complain about bad experiences an order of magnitude more often than they post praise about great experiences, and we generally hear nothing about the the vast majority of experiences that are neither remarkably poor nor remarkably excellent. I've also noticed that people tend to be much more categorically positive about one cruise line in the complaints about another. The best review of Holland America I've ever read was on a Disney forum.
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#39
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Originally posted by we're sailing away....
The Rotterdam did a great job doing it a few days ago.
Thanks for posting on a recent experience. I'm looking forward to this new event for our upcoming cruise. m--
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#40
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Originally posted by grayjay
We had them for free in the Explorations Café on Koningsdam in the evenings, strawberries dipped in chocolate as well !
Oh good to know! I will look forward to it! Thanks for sharing.
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