Cruise Aboard ms Veendam Ship to Bermuda and Whipped Cottage Cheese

Somewhere in the Atlantic

Last week, to celebrate their 80th birthdays, my mom and her friend, Tom, took all their kids and grandkids on a 7-day cruise to Bermuda.  We set sail on the ms Veendam of the Holland America line Aug. 1 and docked at St. George’s and Hamilton ports during the week.

Front St., Hamilton from Deck 6


In front of the ms Veendam

We had never had any interest in cruising, but my mom has been doing it for years and insisted that everyone come.  Needless to say, we all had a blast.  We saw the sites, enjoyed the food, got to wear formal clothes we never get the chance to wear, and best of all, enjoyed each other’s company.  Thanks Mom!


Windowless cabin with fake window

Being a on cruise ship was like living in a floating hotel with extra amenities like free room service, 4-course sit down meals for lunch and dinner (if you wanted), lots of events onboard, stores, a café, a theatre, a casino, a spa.  Every evening, they would leave us a “towel sculpture” of an animal and chocolates on our beds.


One of the many amazing folded animal towels

Jamie loved his breakfast on the cruise.  Every day he’d have a “Sunshine Parfait”.  I’ve been making it for him since we’ve been back with plain yogurt sweetened with honey and vanilla, blueberries, and Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal.

We got the glass at on of the midnight food fests on the ship – a Luau Barbecue.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos of food on the ship– which is crazy because there was an endless supply of it!  My nephew, Sam, took some of the cool desserts they offered. The cake is part of a white chocolate castle with a marzipan bird on top that was featured in the Dessert Extravaganza that took place one night at 10:30 pm. to midnight.


Sam's white chocolate cake and remains of his chocolate dipped strawberries.

Swan is puff pastry filled with ganache cream. Served with a dollop of cream and strawberry sauce.

Unsurprisingly, I gained a couple pounds!  So it is good to be back and eating normally again.  Unlike Jamie, I really missed the breakfast I usually eat every day.   On the ship, they would never toast my bread enough – even if I requested it to be “burnt”.  I missed my peanut butter, my single egg white, and my whipped cottage cheese.

1 egg over easy, 1 egg white, whipped cottage cheese, 1/2 piece burnt toast cut in half with peanut butter and jelly.

Whipped cottage cheese is a staple of mine. I eat it every day.  When I buy a container, I immediately process the whole thing in the food processor to have on hand.  Cottage cheese is really high in protein and low in fat.  But I’ve never cared so much for the texture of the curds.  When it’s whipped, the texture is more like Fluff.  I use it in place of sour cream or along with smaller amounts of mayonnaise in spreads and salads and dips.

Unwhipped new container of cottage cheese.

After processing -- silky smooth!

Whipped Cottage Cheese

Process one container of cottage cheese in food processor for about 2 minutes or until texture is silky smooth, like whipped cream.  Return to container and store in refrigerator.

Creamy Avocado Dip with Pita Chips

Three whole wheat pita rounds

Non-stick spray

Kosher salt

1 cup whipped cottage cheese

1 ripe avocado

2 tablespoons minced onion

1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

Kosher salt to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut pita rounds into eighths, then separate these into single layers so there are sixteen triangles per pita.
  3. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.  Place triangles on sheet.  Spray triangles with more spray and sprinkle with Kosher salt.  Bake for about 5-6 minutes in oven watching closely.  When triangles are golden brown around the edges, remove sheet from oven, transfer pita chips to a plate and set aside.  Chips will harden as they cool.
  4. Mash avocado with a fork in a medium sized mixing bowl.   Mix whipped cottage cheese with the mashed avocado.  Stir in onion, lime juice, and kosher salt.
  5. Serve with cooled pita chips.

Makes 48 pita chips and about 2 ½ cups of dip.

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17 responses to “Cruise Aboard ms Veendam Ship to Bermuda and Whipped Cottage Cheese

  1. Welcome home, Melissa! Sounds like you had wonderful time on your cruise. My in-laws love to cruise and go often. I’m not good with ships or the sea so I don’t ever plan to cruise but I would love to enjoy all of the good food I keep hearing about… on a docked ship that never left port. 🙂

    It’s funny you posted an avocado/cottage cheese dip b/c I started feeding my baby cottage cheese and avocado about a week ago but like you, she doesn’t like the chunks. I tried smashing them with a fork but she would still grab the tiniest pieces out of her mouth with her fingers (her new thing that she does with all the food she dislikes). I am going to try whipped cottage cheese for her! 🙂 Thanks for the suggestion! Your dip sounds delish.

    • I was worried about the seasickness too because I get car sick so easily. My sister-in-law recommended Bonine, and it worked like magic. I felt a little weird the first day with the motion, but I didn’t feel sick. Then after that, it was fine!

      I hope the whipping trick solves your problem! I don’t blame her for not liking the texture!! 🙂

  2. I like those folded towels, I have never seen that before, clever!

  3. Hi Melissa,

    I’ve never been on a cruise, but since about a year ago I’ve been obsessed with cruising and I read Cruise Critic every day. Part of me thinks it seems like the ideal way to travel because how else can you see so many different cities in one trip (especially European cruises). But then there’s also the stereotype of obnoxious cruisers, bad food, boring entertainment that worries me. I think if I pick the right line for the first cruise, we’ll be okay.

    We’ve booked the Disney Dream for our first cruise. It’s a short 3-nighter, but I think it will be a good start.

    Also, Jamie is getting so tall!

  4. Martha

    Thank you for the vicarious trip and for the cottage cheese secret. I’m definitely going to try it. Bonjour et bisous a Jamie. MM

  5. I know, we had the same fears. It was so fun I think because we had our family with us. So every meal was with them — it was like a big family reunion every day.

    The other people on the cruise were pretty nice though — except the frat boys down the hall who partied at all hours… didn’t expect that on Holland America!

    A 3-nighter should be fun — nice and short!
    Let me know how it goes. I’m sure Fuzz will love it. 🙂

  6. What a wonderful trip…The animal towels are adorable 🙂 And the food looks grand…I love your recipe, avocado and whipped cream cheese sounds heavenly to me 🙂

  7. Isn’t Bermuda wonderful? I was there a couple of years ago and loved every minute. From your description, I should have taken a cruise to get there!

  8. Hi Melissa,

    It looks like you had fun! The cruise seems so enjoyable and did you say endless supply food? Sounds like heaven to me! haha.

    Still foreign to the cheese department, I didn’t realise that cottage cheese is low in fat and never used it for cooking before. Looks like the avocado dip is a place to start. 🙂

  9. cruise ships are the best, they have their own live entertainment and some pools on the deck .

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  15. yes, delicious as I was hoping, what a great idea! I don’t like the texture of cottage cheese either, but the flavor is like the white cheese here in Egypt, so whipping it should be the key to finding white cheese in the US… thanks!! btw, I caught the cruising bug too, but don’t know when we’ll ever get a chance to actually take one. I think it sounds wonderful… much much better than airplane trips! ;^) ❤ ❤ ❤

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