We recently had the amazing opportunity to go on the AmaWaterways Tulip Time cruise through the Netherlands and Belgium, on the AmaDante ship. Here is an 8-day documentation of most of our meals and menus. NOTE: We were on a special cruise so on all our menu’s there is an added Kid’s Specials page, which is usually not included on an AmaWaterways cruise. Enjoy the post!
The Dining Room
The Dining Room is where all the meals are served.
The Lounge usually serves early and late riser pastries as well as light lunches.
If you cruise on some of the newer ships (like AmaMagna) they have more restaurant choices in addition to the lounge and dining room.
Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam
We arrived around lunch and they had a light buffet of pumpkin soups, salads, and sandwiches. They also had some amazing ‘welcome on board’ desserts, including cactus cupcakes and a beautiful array of small cakes.
Dinner: On the first night we had quite the feast that we weren’t expecting. It turned out to be five course meal! One thing, I liked though was how small portions were so you weren’t too full for the next. There was also a special wine menu each night, for the adults.
Day 2: Amsterdam
Breakfast: Every morning they have a wide variety of pastries, yogurts, granolas, sausage, eggs, and breads for breakfast in addition to one speciality of the region such as banana pancakes. There is also a menu of hot entrees to choose from.
Lunch: Every day they had a sort of ice cream buffet at lunch, as one of the dessert options to choose from which I thought was pretty awesome.
Day 3: Middelburg
Dinner: We had a Chaine des Rotisseurs dinner, which is a premier dining club. It was a very special meal!
Day 4: Bruges and Ghent
Dinner: This was an exciting meal because the main chef on our ship made a Strawberry Buffet for dessert. The dining room was decked in everything strawberry. Strawberry tarts, strawberry bouquets, cakes, jello, meringues, and candies. It was amazing!
Day 5: Antwerp and Brussels
Lunch: We spent some time exploring Antwerp before we left for Brussels, so we only had a small lunch in the lounge which was still serving some of the food from downstairs.
Day 6: Rotterdam
Day 7: Amsterdam
Dinner: This was our last and most special dinner on the ship. Pastry Chef Roberta and all her assistants really outdid themselves with a chocolate wonderland. There were gigantic chocolate cakes, mousses, strawberries, and cupcakes. It was like heaven for a chocoholic!
One of the best things about the AmaWaterways cruise is the insane dedication they put into all their food. They combined flavor combinations that I would never have even dreamed about. They also have tons of options for gluten free and vegetarians on board which we appreciated. This food was absolutely unforgettable!