HAL takes new twist on dessert service
Holland America Line this month introduced a Chocolate Surprise parade on the last gala evening of every cruise.
After dinner, waiters parade through the Promenade decks with trays of chocolate desserts, passing them out to passengers in the bars and lounges as they take in music or enjoy a cocktail. The nearly hour-long parade is the newest addition to Holland America Line’s growing list of services that put an unconventional twist on a traditional event.
"Guests love our culinary events, particularly those featuring chocolate, and we wanted to create something special that enhances their evening activities," said Orlando Ashford, President of Holland America Line. "It’s all about making the most of our exceptional service, and the Chocolate Surprise delights guests in a most delicious and memorable way."
The Chocolate Surprise menu includes rich, creamy and chocolaty bite-sized desserts. As servers with silver trays pass by, guests can choose from chocolate cones with lemon curd, bittersweet chocolate and butter cream; double chocolate cupcakes; dark chocolate hazelnut pops; milk chocolate raspberry tarts; chocolate macaroons with Grand Marnier; chocolate-dipped marshmallows and caramel puffed rice treats with chocolate sauce.