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Cruise news Blog post February 1, 2018
A cooking demonstration in America's Test Kitchen on ms Oosterdam.

JD Lasica / Special to Cruiseable

A cooking demonstration in America's Test Kitchen on ms Oosterdam.

Holland America offers three new cruises for foodies

‘America's Test Kitchen’ TV hosts to teach classes on three voyages

Love food and cruising and interested in both? Holland America Line is offering three culinary cruises to whet your appetite.

The cruise line has announced its next round of voyages:

  • a seven-day Alaska Inside Passage cruise on Westerdam, departing May 6, 2018
  • a 14-day Northern Isles on Zuiderdam, departing July 7, 2018
  • a seven-day "Canada & New England Discovery" on Veendam, departing Sept. 22, 2018.

Holland America's Oosterdam sails by the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska.
Courtesy of Holland America Cruise LineA Holland America ship sails by the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska.

The cruises, which shine the spotlight on cooking shows and hands-on workshops, will also feature experts from the show who will sign books and meet passengers.

‘America's Test Kitchen’ chefs on hand

The cast of the syndicated public TV program "America’s Test Kitchen" who will appear include:

Jack Bishop will be on the Seven-Day Alaska Inside Passage, May 6, 2018, on Westerdam.
One of the original team members, Bishop is the chief creative officer of America’s Test Kitchen.

Bryan Roof will join Bishop. He is the executive food editor for Cook’s Country Magazine and is an on-screen test cook for Cook’s Country from America’s Test Kitchen. He began working as a test cook for Cook’s Illustrated in 2006 and has worked on various magazine, book and website projects, including the magazine’s popular On the Road feature.

Bridget Lancaster will board Zuiderdam for its 14-Day Northern Isles sailing on July 7. She
is the executive editor for new media, television and radio at America’s Test Kitchen as well as the host of America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country from America’s Test Kitchen.

Julia Collin Davison and Bridget Lancaster, co-hosts of
Courtesy of America's Test KitchenJulia Collin Davison and Bridget Lancaster, co-hosts of "America's Test Kitchen," will be among the chefs offering classes on the culinary cruises.

Lisa McManus will also be on that voyage. She is an executive editor in charge of equipment testing and ingredient tasting at Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country magazines. She researches and writes about kitchen gear and food, and she’s the on-screen gadget expert for America’s Test Kitchen. Lisa joined America’s Test Kitchen in 2006 after working as a newspaper food editor and as a magazine and newspaper journalist in Boston, New York and California.

Julia Collin Davison will be aboard ms Veendam during its Seven-Day Canada & New England Discovery sailing departing Sept. 22, 2018. She is executive editor for America's Test Kitchen's books team. She began working as a test cook for Cook’s Illustrated in 1999 and is responsible for the food and recipe development for all America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks.

Also on that cruise will be Rebecca (Becky) Hays, deputy editor of Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country magazines who is an on-screen test cook for America’s Test Kitchen. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City, Hays joined America's Test Kitchen in 2000 and specializes in healthful cooking.

Fares for the Nov. 5, 2017 departure begin at $899 per person; $1,019 per person for the May 6, 2018 cruise; $3,099 per person for the July 7, 2018 cruise; and $1,599 per person for the Sept. 22, 2018 departure. Taxes, fees and port expenses are additional.

The pairing

Holland America Line and America’s Test Kitchen teamed up in 2016 with the transformation of the ships’ culinary centers into kitchens that replicate the television set where the popular "America’s Test Kitchen" TV shows are recorded for broadcast on public television nationwide. Following the success of the partnership, Holland America and America’s Test Kitchen will nearly double its selection of onboard cooking shows with the addition of six new recipe demonstrations in 2018.

Available on all cruises, the onboard cooking shows and hands-on workshops are hosted by Holland America chefs trained by America’s Test Kitchen culinary experts and, like the TV shows, combine thoroughly tested recipes with practical tips on everything from how to select fresh fruits and vegetables to how to use kitchen knives safely and efficiently.

Interested in one of these cruises?

Interested in one of these cruises? Contact a Cruiseable travel consultant at no fee, either by email or phone 1-877-322-3773.

Patti Pietschmann
I'm the LA Travel Diva and national cruise correspondent for Examiner.com and spend time cruising with first mate Richard, traveling the world, reviewing fine restaurants, going to plays, movies and events. It's the good life.

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