An Evening at Le Cirque onboard the Veendam
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An Evening at Le Cirque onboard the Veendam

We have just returned from a 7-Day Bermuda cruise sailing round trip from New York on Holland America Line’s ms Veendam. One of our favorite experiences on the Veendam was the “Evening at Le Cirque” dining event in the ship’s Pinnacle Grill alternative restaurant.

Our Evening at Le Cirque began with special Bernardaud china adorned with adorable impish monkeys.


For one night only on each 7-day cruise, the Pinnacle Grill is converted to the legendary Le Cirque French restaurant founded by Sirio Maccioni, from the whimsical orange china to the famous crí¨me brí»lée dessert.


After ordering from the special Le Cirque menu, our waiter delivered an amuse bouche of whipped foie gras with a rhubarb chutney.  This was a divine start to what was a simply fabulous meal.


There is a special Le Cirque wine list but the regular wine list is also available.  We choose to start with a glass of Veuve Clicquot, followed by wines from our Holland America Admiral’s wine package.



The Lobster Salad “le Cirque” featured a lobster tail, avocado, haricots verts, new potatoes and citrus segments.



The Le Trio appetizer included smoked salmon, foie gras pate and caviar.


The bowl for the butternut squash soup was delivered with only the huckleberries and sage Chantilly creme.


Our server then carefully poured the butternut squash liquid into our bowls, creating soup that looked like art


Mr. Jones chose chateaubriand for his entree.  Dhonna, our server, expertly carved the beef beside our table.


Horseradish flan and sweet & sour baby beets accompanied the perfectly-prepared chateaubriand.


The black cod was served on a bed of creamy leek fondue surrounded by a red wine sauce.


For dessert, I chose the traditional chocolate soufflé with vanilla gelato.


Mr. Jones enjoyed the Crí¨me Brí»lée “le Cirque”.


Those who eat every bite are rewarded with the Crí¨me Brí»lée recipe on the bottom of the ramekin.


Coffees are served with special Le Cirque treats, all of which are unusual and delicious.


Later in the evening, when we returned to our stateroom, we found one more surprise on our bed.


The little gold Le Cirque box contains two drawers.  Each housed a truffle, a delightful take-home memory.


This leisurely dining experience takes several hours. An Evening at Le Cirque costs $39 per person, although Four-Star Mariners receive a 50 percent discount on this as well as their other Pinnacle Grill dining charges.

If you want to attend An Evening at Le Cirque on board a Holland American cruise, it is best to book online before your cruise.  Reservations are limited and they are quickly snapped up on many cruises.


Do you dined at Le Cirque at sea or on land?  What was your favorite dish?


You also may also enjoy these posts about our Bermuda cruise from New York City .”; 


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