Holland America Line Introduces Fleetwide After-Dinner Chocolate Parade

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#41
vancouver, canada
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Originally posted by RMLincoln
Thanks for posting on a recent experience. I'm looking forward to this new event for our upcoming cruise. m--
Looking forward to this when we sail on the Zaandam in November.
#42
Florida
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It's always amazing to me; no matter what Holland America implements there is always so many negative responses?

If it is all so bad why do folks continue cruising with this cruise line?

If they offer you chocolate and you don't think you will like it don't try it. Thanks, this new offering is free.

I'm waiting to be flamed.��
#43
Burnsville, MN
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Originally posted by aliaschief
It's always amazing to me; no matter what Holland America implements there is always so many negative responses?

If it is all so bad why do folks continue cruising with this cruise line?

If they offer you chocolate and you don't think you will like it don't try it. Thanks, this new offering is free.

I'm waiting to be flamed.��
No flames from me. I've actually cut back on cruising on HAL, not due to it's changes, but to the constant complaining I hear. One gentleman was overheard having a coffee with a ship's officer and asking them to turn off the overhead music on the ship because he had trouble concentrating. The Koningsdam and its upcoming sister ship are the main reasons I DO continue to cruise with HAL. I'm probably going to drop out of Cruise Critic due to the whining of so many members.
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#44
Georgia
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Originally posted by aliaschief
It's always amazing to me; no matter what Holland America implements there is always so many negative responses? If it is all so bad why do folks continue cruising with this cruise line? If they offer you chocolate and you don't think you will like it don't try it. Thanks, this new offering is free. I'm waiting to be flamed.��
No flames here. "Haters gonna hate."
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#45
305 Posts
Joined Jun 2013
our family just returned from a cruise and they also concluded with RuthC that cupcakes and treats lacked a bit in terms of taste and moistness......maybe they are trying to improve it ship by ship......I will update after we get back from our trip in December
#46
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Joined Oct 2014
Originally posted by Sundagger
No flames from me. I've actually cut back on cruising on HAL, not due to it's changes, but to the constant complaining I hear. One gentleman was overheard having a coffee with a ship's officer and asking them to turn off the overhead music on the ship because he had trouble concentrating. The Koningsdam and its upcoming sister ship are the main reasons I DO continue to cruise with HAL. I'm probably going to drop out of Cruise Critic due to the whining of so many members.
I agree with you that people are whining a little too much ... 1st world problems. Perhaps they are taking the website name to heart too much ... Cruise CRITIC :-(

This will be our 4th cruise ... 2nd on the Nieuw Amsterdam and we are very excited to go. She is a beautiful ship with an amazing crew.

D Holland
#47
Victoria, BC
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Joined Mar 2010
Just back from a Canada/New England 14 day cruise on the Maasdam and while we were looking forward to the Chocolate Parade, I can't say it was a big event for us after all. Kudos to HAL for implementing it, BUT do we all really need MORE chocolate (or food) on a cruise. We were so well fed... and overfed with wonderful desserts and free anytime nibbles in the Exploration Café... that we really didn't need the chocolate concoctions, especially that late at night.

The only real negative I noted with the event was our fellow passengers. As soon as the crew members came out with the sweets, hundreds of passengers (I think everyone on the cruise was waiting on deck 6) descended on them like hungry seagulls. There was jockeying for position and I'm sure many a crew member feared for their lives. It was a sad example of Western World greed.

Having said that, the goodies were tasty (even the cupcakes) and the "entertainment" of the event the HAL provided was fun.

I didn't attend on the second event, but rather was content with being overstuffed by dinner.
#48
363 Posts
Joined Aug 2008
They had the Chocolate Parade on the Prinsendam last week, and it was a big surprise. The waiters walked around the ocean bar, stopping at each table offering their treats with no big rush from the passengers.

DH enjoyed the treats he tried; however, I agree with Ruth C. The cupcakes looked better than they tasted. I'll try something else next time.
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#49
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Originally posted by
The only real negative I noted with the event was our fellow passengers. As soon as the crew members came out with the sweets, hundreds of passengers ([I
I think everyone on the cruise was waiting on deck 6)[/i] descended on them like hungry seagulls. There was jockeying for position and I'm sure many a crew member feared for their lives. It was a sad example of Western World greed.
Really?? I guess they missed Breakfast, snack, Lunch, snack, Dinner, snack... Especially after all these terrible natural disasters around the world in the news... tsk tsk
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#50
Hamilton, Ontario
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Originally posted by aliaschief
It's always amazing to me; no matter what Holland America implements there is always so many negative responses?

If it is all so bad why do folks continue cruising with this cruise line?

If they offer you chocolate and you don't think you will like it don't try it. Thanks, this new offering is free.

I'm waiting to be flamed.��
I agree with you Chief. There are soooo many complainers. It amazes me. Do people live such charmed lives at home that only perfection (in their perception anyways) will do on vacation??
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#51
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Joined Feb 2011
We have enjoyed the surprise and the pleasure of the chocolate parade of delights! During the parade we've been in the Piano Bar, Ocean Bar and a lot of other lounges on the ship when delighted by the light or decadent choices offered by the wonderful white gloved staff! Special - yes! Whether you choose to partake or not - enjoy the moment....enjoy the parade!
#52
Germany
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We had this event on our cruise on Koningsdam (Aug 27 - Sep 03, 2017) on the second formal evening, so evening 6, to be exact.

Very nice surprise, nothing huge, but: The waiters were coming around the bars at deck 2, serving small chocolate finger food like cupcakes, chocolate drinks, or lollipops.
I found it to be a neat event and a very nice gesture compared to many other cruise lines.
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#54
Hamilton, Ontario
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Originally posted by Himself
Will this help my diabetics? Maybe I will die with a chocolate in my mouth and a smile on my face.
Lol. What a way to go!
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#55
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MORE CHOCOLATE ???!!!!
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#56
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We were on the Konningsdam the first two weeks of August and enjoyed the parade of chocolates very much. I tried a chocolate marshmallow and another small cup of chocolate and both were delicious. We were on the 2nd floor bar area at the time.
#58
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We will look for it on our FT Panama Canal cruise on the Westerdam in December. It's sounds wonderful and I'm sure my wife would want to take lots of pictures for her website. Happy sailing everyone!
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Saw it on our When and Where and fully intended to go - just never made it, lol


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#60
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Originally posted by Daisyloo
I agree with you Chief. There are soooo many complainers. It amazes me. Do people live such charmed lives at home that only perfection (in their perception anyways) will do on vacation??
I totally agree. Let's all have fun---that's why we cruise !
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