Holland America ships boast extensive dining options including "light & healthy" items, continental and ethnic cuisines, and vegetarian dishes. In fact, Holland America's cuisine is so diverse and enticing that the entire fleet has been inducted into the prestigious Confrerie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, a gourmet society founded in Paris and devoted to promoting the pleasures of the table.
Main Dining Room Policies: Holland America offers passengers dining-time flexibility with its As You Wish program. During booking, guests can choose either the traditional dining arrangements with an early and late seating or choose a flexible dining plan. The early and late seating times for the traditional plan can vary by ship or itinerary, but are usually at around 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., respectively. Guests that opt for the flexible plan will have until 4:00 p.m. to make a reservation at any of the ship’s restaurants, or they can walk in anytime during the dining hours of 5:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The As You Wish open seating option is available on all Holland America ships.
Dress Code: With the exception of two gala nights, the dress code is smart casual. Appropriate attire for men is slacks and a collared shirt, while women are advised to wear slacks and blouse, a sundress or a pantsuit. For gala dinners, men should wear a jacket and tie, and women should wear an evening gown or cocktail dress. Shorts, t-shirts and swimwear are never permitted in the main dining room and jeans are not permitted at dinner.
Beverage Policy: All beverages except tea, coffee, juice and water are at an additional cost.
Special Requests: Special meals are available including low-calorie, vegetarian, no MSG, low/no sodium and low/no cholesterol meals, as well as sugar-free and fat-free desserts. Kosher meals are available on all ships and itineraries and must be requested at least 90 days prior to sailing.
All dining rooms onboard Holland America ships are smoke-free.