Martini Madness Onboard Holland America’s ms Veendam

by Janis on August 14, 2012

We have just returned from a 7-day cruise to Bermuda sailing round trip from New York on board Holland America Line’s ms Veendam. One of the events we enjoyed onboard was the Mixology Class, led by Party Planner Jillian and The Mix lead bartender Rob.

Exploring Food & Entertaining is one of the “pillars” of the onboard programming on the Veendam.  Party Planner Jillian leads most of these activities and she is fantastic at her job. Other exploration themes include travel — with lectures and other destination-focused activities, technology –featuring digital workshops and wellbeing — focused on health and fitness activities.


During Mixology Class participants learn how to make three different signature cocktails, and drink them for $15 or watch without tasting for free.  Printed take-home recipe cards are distributed.  Rob and Jillian make this FUN as there is a whole lot of shaking going on.


Our favorite drink of the class was The Fashionista which includes fresh raspberries or blackberries, pineapple vodka, raspberry syrup, sour-mix and soda well shaken with ice.


The Gins Cup contains fresh cucumber slices, Pims, gin, St. Germain liqueur, and house-made sour. It sounds so healthy.


With all of the shaking required to make these drinks, Jillian leads the bartenders and the participants in singing while shaking.


These hospitality superstars know how to make certain that everyone has a good time.


After all of the muddling, mixing and shaking, it’s time to sample the efforts.  First, Jillian makes a toast.


Have you sailed on Holland America Line?  Which explorations activities did you enjoy?


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


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