Cruise line heralds sea change with meat-free menu

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A major cruise company is introducing a completely vegetarian menu to its ships in a bid to cater to growing number of meat-reducers and meat-free eaters.

Holland America, which operates 15 cruise ships, some with passenger capacities of more than 1,000, is also adding 30 new meat-free dishes to its current dining options.

“Many more people are choosing a vegetarian culinary experience, yet the options can be limited,” said Richard Meadows, the company’s executive vice president. “By offering a complete vegetarian-only menu and the largest vegetarian selection at sea, we are ensuring that all guests can take part in an exceptional dining experience.”

The 22 vegetarian and vegan meals on the meat-free menu include Portobello Mushroom and Chipotle Quesadillas, Curried Vegetable Empanadas, Spicy Lentil and Garbanzo Salad, Vegetable Jambalaya and Baked Cheese Polenta with Mushroom and Artichoke Hearts.

The news will be welcomed by holidaymakers who are vegetarian or trying to cut down on the amount of meat they eat, whether for health or environmental reasons.

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