Holland America Line Elevates Sea Days with New Royal Dutch Tea Experience

Holland America adds new Royal Dutch Tea Experience

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Tea lovers and cruisers alike have a new reason to celebrate! Announced on International Tea Day, Holland America Line is making sea days even better with the Royal Dutch Tea experience.

This complimentary, elevated afternoon tea service, complete with savory and sweet bites, will be available in the dining room on all sea days.

Elevate Your Sea Days with a Taste of Dutch Tradition

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Holland America Line’s Royal Dutch Tea is more than just tea; it’s an experience rooted in the cruise line’s Dutch heritage. Whether you’re a tea lover or new to the tradition, the revamped afternoon tea features an impressive array of sweet and savory treats to enjoy as you sip your perfectly brewed tea.

Sweet and Savory Offerings

The Royal Dutch Tea experience is presented in a beautiful three-tiered stand, each level offering a unique selection of delicacies:

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Top Tier (Dutch Sweets):

  • Moorkop (Dutch Cream puff), whipped cream, mandarin
  • Maple Stroopwafel, Napoleon cream, fresh berries
  • Boterkoek (Dutch Butter Cake), almond slice
  • Gevulde Koeken (Dutch Cookie), Marzipan, short sugar pastry
  • Appletaart (Mini Dutch Apple Tartlets), cookie base, cinnamon, raisins

Middle Tier: Scones

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  • Raisin and Plain Scones with assorted jam, whipped cream

Bottom Tier (Savory Dutch Sandwiches):

  • Bay Shrimp on Brioche, Dutch cocktail sauce
  • Egg Salad and Cress, white bread, mayonnaise, mustard
  • Smoked Salmon, Dill cream cheese, whole wheat
  • Coronation Chicken, whole wheat, curry, yogurt, dried apricots, cilantro
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Holland America’s Michael Stendebach, vice president of food, beverage, and rooms division, shares that this upgraded offering pays homage to the line’s 150-year Dutch legacy. “Our guests love the afternoon tea tradition, and we’re excited to enhance this service on sea days with our rich Dutch heritage,” he says.

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The Royal Dutch Tea experience will replace the existing afternoon tea service with inclusion of traditional bites. Whether you’re a tea connoisseur or simply appreciate an elegant afternoon while at sea, this new experience is likely to be popular with Holland America guests.

Would you enjoy this afternoon tea experience? Please let me know in the comments below.

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    May 22, 2024 / 2:16 pm

    Happy to see the retuen of the Royal Dutch Tea. Hope the Indonesian Tea will make a retuen as well as the cupcake tea.That is something to try

  2. linda pranauski
    May 22, 2024 / 6:21 pm

    My husband and I will be taking our very first cruise in April 2025 on Holland American Nieuw Amsterdam to Panama then staying on same ship in Vancouver to Alaska to celebrate our 50th Anniversary

    Your videos and tips have helped us so much in planning and preparing for these cruises. We look forward to the new videos that you post and I have been using your Trip Planner every step of the way.

    Thank you so much

    • May 22, 2024 / 7:08 pm

      What a wonderful way to celebrate your special anniversary! Have a wonderful cruise!

    • May 24, 2024 / 2:58 am

      I would absolutely enjoy this! My husband, children, and I lived in England for 6 years and we had high year in London once. It was lovely! Of course, we lived in a small village in Suffolk and it was an occassional occurrence in the area there. This sounds wonderful!!!
      My husband and I will be taking our first cruise with Holland America with friends in May 2024.

  3. Kathryn Peterson
    May 23, 2024 / 2:23 pm

    I am so excited to try the afternoon tea. What a great idea! This is my first cruise with Holland America.

  4. Keitha Buckingham
    May 24, 2024 / 1:53 am

    Will definitely check this out in January on the Volendam!

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