Holland America Line's Exclusive Pinnacle Grill Debuts New, Expanded Menu Across Fleet

    SEATTLE, Oct. 9 /CNW/ -- The Pinnacle Grill, the exclusive,
reservations-only dining venue on all Holland America Line ships, debuts a
tantalizing new menu this fall.  Created by Master Chef Rudi Sodamin and
introduced with rave reviews on ms Eurodam earlier this summer, the expanded
menu introduces new Pacific Northwest specialty entrees and adds creations
ranging from lobster "mac & cheese" to Colorado lamb chops.
    Delectable seafood dishes include broiled, troll-caught salmon, broiled
or poached lobster tail, cedar-planked black cod with shrimp scampi and the
Master Chef's interpretation of surf-and-turf: filet mignon and jumbo prawns
on whipped potatoes with garlic rosemary beurre blanc.
    Selected cuts of prime hand-selected beef continue to highlight the
Pinnacle's menu in innovative preparations and presentation.  Guests can
select from five prime cuts of steak rubbed with special Holland America
Culinary Collection seasoning, grilled and served with hand-crafted sauces
such as Master Chef's green peppercorn classic hollandaise.  They can also opt
for the time-honored classic of Filet Steak Diane, a grilled veal chop
marinated overnight in a savory blend of rosemary, garlic and pepper vinegar
with scallions, or oven-baked chicken breast stuffed with spinach and garlic
herb cheese.
    "Master Chef Sodamin has designed this new menu to offer our guests a
wider range of dishes and flavors," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive
vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs.  "The restaurant is such
a popular spot that we want to keep it fresh with much variety and allow
guests to dine several nights a cruise as many like to do.  The menu continues
to highlight Holland America's Pacific Northwest roots while adding innovative
accents to heighten the Pinnacle Grill dining experience."
    Intriguing appetizers include the Pinnacle Ocean Platter -- carpaccio of
lightly smoked salmon, hot smoked salmon, sea scallops and wasabi cream -- and
Dungeness crab cakes with spiral shaved cucumber and sweet chili-mustard
sauce. French onion soup King Louis XV, lobster bisque, jumbo shrimp cocktail,
vine-ripened beefsteak tomato salad, baby arugula salad and Caesar salad
prepared tableside are also offered.
    Dazzling desserts featuring Pacific Northwest ingredients include warm
Grand Marnier Chocolate Volcano Cake, chocolate or vanilla velvet souffle,
creamy homemade raspberry cheesecake and Not-so-Classic Baked Alaska.
Chocolate and raisin bread pudding, creme brulee, fresh seasonal fruits and
berries and a variety of ice creams, sorbets and international cheeses
complete the dessert menu.
    The Pinnacle Grill's wine list features an extensive selection of premium
Pacific Northwest wines, French champagnes, port and dessert wines.  It also
offers Wine Flights, which let guests sample four selected wines during their
meal.  A Harvest White Sangria featuring Northwest apples, cherries, peaches
and lemons in Sauvignon Blanc wine is another new addition.
    The Pinnacle Grill is an elegantly appointed, alternative-dining venue on
all Holland America Line ships.  Featuring distinctive Bvlgari china, Frette
linens and elegant Riedel stemware, the Pinnacle Grill is ideal for a romantic
dinner for two or elegant dining for a group celebration.  Guests need to make
reservations and pay a modest surcharge of $20 per person for dinner and $15
for lunch.
    For more information, consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL
(877-724-5425) or visit http://www.hollandamerica.com.

                     -- http://www.hollandamerica.com --
    About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc
(NYSE:    CCL and CUK)]
    Holland America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 314
ports in more than 100 countries, territories or dependencies.  Two- to
108-day itineraries visit all seven continents, and highlights include
Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand
World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico,
Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal.  A 15th ship, ms Nieuw Amsterdam,
is scheduled to join the fleet in 2010.
    Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a
commitment totaling more than $525 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts
Center presented by Food & Wine magazine -- a state-of-the-art onboard show
kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide
cooking demonstrations and classes -- Explorations Cafe powered by The New
York Times, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities
highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream Beds.
    World's Leading Cruise Lines
    The highest-rated premium cruise line in the world, Holland America Line
is a member of the exclusive World's Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also
includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Seabourn Cruise
Line and Costa Cruises.  Sharing a passion to please each guest and a
commitment to quality and value, these lines appeal to a wide range of
lifestyles and budgets.  The World's Leading Cruise Lines offer exciting and
enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.

     CONTACT:  Rose Abello
     PHONE:    800-637-5029
     FAX:      206-262-5934
     EMAIL:    pr@hollandamerica.com


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