Cruising to a Chocolate Surprise

Holland America Line (HAL) is reinventing the traditional dessert buffet by introducing a “Chocolate Surprise” parade on the last gala evening of every cruise.

Rather than guests having to make their way to the buffet and wait in line for a sweet treat, Chocolate Surprise brings bite-sized confections to guests in the main public areas as they enjoy the evening’s entertainment.

After dinner, waiters parade through the Promenade decks with trays of chocolate desserts, passing them out to guests 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’s growing list of culinary innovations designed to put an unconventional twist on a traditional event.

Chocolate Surprise takes place on all ships fleetwide now and is in addition to even more tempting selections on the dessert menu in the restaurants.