150 Years of Holland America Line: Cruising for Epicureans

Holland America Line is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, with special dining experiences on board in collaboration with De Librije*** by Jonnie and Thérèse Boer, a gin to be experienced even before stepping on board and a whole range of new voyages and two Grand Voyages of more than 120 days.

Atrium – Deck 1/2/3 Midship Rotterdam – Holland America Line

Holland America Line is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and can rightfully take pride in its heritage and the role the cruise line has played in history. It was the very first to offer its guests meals during their journeys. Before that, travelers had to bring their own provisions, even for the long transatlantic crossings. The significance of food remains at the heart of the experience, reflecting in the De Librije pop-up on board, where guests can indulge in dishes served at the renowned Dutch three-star restaurant. De Librije‘s chef, Jonnie Boer, is also a member of the Culinary Council, a gathering of international top chefs who utilize their global influence to create special dining experiences on the fleet. As a tribute to its anniversary, Holland America Line also introduced ‘De Lijn’ gin, an American-produced gin crafted from a blend of Dutch-inspired botanical ingredients, including orange and rose, complemented by elderberry, lemon, verbena, raspberry, and juniper. You can already savor the taste before stepping on board.

Notes – Deck 2 Midship Rotterdam – Holland America Line

About De Librije
De Librije, a Michelin 3 star restaurant in Zwolle (Holland), has evolved an idiosyncratic cuisine, rooted in selected regional products, enhanced by state-of-the-art cooking techniques and reciprocal Asian touches. Creating modern innovative dishes and reinventing gastronomic classics. In other word: for years the team has been working on developing delicious food for you to enjoy.

The Taste of De Librije Menu to be enjoyed on board of the Holland America Cruises crossing the Atlantic.

pumpkin, mushrooms, coconut-almond sauce

Dreaming Tree Chardonnay, California

foie gras, Oloroso sherry, ginger

Laurenz V “Singing” Grüner Veltliner, Austria

Alaskan king crab, brioche croutons, lovage

Miraval Rosé, Côtes de Provence, France

Madras curry, green pea, caviar, goat cheese

Evolution Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Oregon

Riesling, celery

Eroica Riesling Washington

red beet, raisins, pistachio, apple

Hermanos Lurton “Cuvee Valentine” Rosado, Spain

baharat, aceto, chipolini, potato

Louis Latour Pouilly Fuisse, France

carrot, passion fruit, cauliflower, hazelnut

Solar Viejo Rioja, Spain


Jonnie’s mom’s recipe


lemon, tarragon, cucumber, merengue

About Jonnie and Thérèse Boer…
Jonnie has cooked in De Librije for more than 25 years. Thérèse joined the team as host and sommelier in 1990 and in 1993 they took over the ownership of De Librije. In the same year Thérèse became a qualified Viticulturist and De Librije was awarded their first Michelin star. In 1995 De Librije joined the Alliance Gastronomique Neerlandaise- Holland’s most prestigious culinary association which aim is to develop, guard and promote our national culinary heritage. In 1999 they were awarded their second Michelin star.

In 2003 they were granted membership into the renowned Tradition & Qualité Les Grandes Tables du Monde. In 2004 they were awarded a third Michelin star and in the same year De Librije was renovated from top to bottom.

Their dream came true when they opened Librije’s Hotel in May 2008. The hotel is situated in the monumental building ‘The Spinhuis’, the former women’s prison of Zwolle. Besides 19 luxurious hotel rooms and suites, you can also find restaurant Librije’s Zusje**, cooking and wine studio Librije’s Atelier, a wine bar and different business meeting areas in the building.

On the literary side, Jonnie and Thérèse have published six books together including their signature trilogy “Puur”, “Puurder”, and “Puurst”.

Through it all passion has been Jonnie and Thérèse’s motto and the heart of the different Librije companies. Passion for cooking, wines and gastronomy. Everything in the world of De Librije is carried out with a contemporary, modern twist, adverse to convention and entrenched customs.

Jonnie Boer.

Recently, Holland America Line opened bookings for its two newest Grand Voyages. With the Grand Voyage: Pole-to-Pole and the Grand World Voyage, both scheduled to depart in January 2025, this marks the first time that Holland America Line offers two Grand Voyages of more than 120 days simultaneously. The Grand Voyage: Pole-to-Pole, aboard the Volendam, enables cruisers to visit five continents on a journey from south to north, while the Grand World Voyage, aboard the Zuiderdam, covers six continents on an east-west route, starting and ending in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Holland America Line’s new 2,668-passenger Rotterdam. Built in Italy, the new Rotterdam is the seventh ship to bear that name since the line’s founding in 1873. (Photo: Andy Newman/Holland America Line/HO)
Casino Staircase – Deck 3 Midship Forward Rotterdam – Holland America Line

Holland America Line’s dedication to providing exceptional culinary experiences and luxurious journeys spanning the globe has solidified its position as a leader in the cruise industry. With its milestone anniversary and the introduction of exciting new Grand Voyages, the company continues to uphold its legacy of excellence, catering to the desires of both epicureans and bon vivants.

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