Pan-Asian Cuisine Showcased at Holland America Line's New Tamarind Restaurant

    SEATTLE, June 27 /CNW/ -- Dim sum, satay and Rijsttafel all take the
stage at Tamarind, one of three new dining venues debuting on ms Eurodam in
July.  Tamarind, a Pan-Asian restaurant with a capacity for 144 diners, will
serve reservations-only lunch and dinner.  The complimentary lunch menu will
feature dim sum, an assortment of classic Asian dumplings and accompanying
fusion sauces for dipping.  Soup and salad, as well as dessert temptations --
like green tea tiramisu and mango sorbet -- will also be included on the lunch
    "We took into account every aspect of the Pan-Asian fine dining
experience when we developed Tamarind," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC,
executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs.  "Not only was
it important to us that this venue visually attract the attention of our
guests, but it was equally important that the variety of food that we serve
foster the type of culinary experience for which we are known."
    Classic, steamed dumplings filled with chicken, Asian pork, spring
vegetables, spinach and mushrooms and shrimp shu mai lead the procession of
the lunch time dim sum offerings at the Tamarind.  Also available are
vegetable spring rolls, spicy crab sushi nuggets, shrimp won ton sticks and
spicy crab rangoon.
    For dinner, guests will have the choice of ordering a variety of
Asian-inspired cuisine off of the menu or enjoying Rijsttafel.  Developed in
the Dutch colonial era, Rijsttafel is a Dutch adaptation of the traditional
Indonesia dinner.  It consists of rice accompanied by more than a dozen, often
spicy, side dishes served in small plates, and is commonly referred to as the
crown jewel of Indonesian cuisine.  Rijsttafel at Tamarind will include an
assortment of dishes from satay, steamed vegetables and sweet & sour pickles
to braised poultry, stir fried lamb and seafood steamed in banana leaves. This
traditional Dutch-Indonesia culinary experience is exclusively available on
Holland America Line's Eurodam.
    To complement the traditional offerings at Tamarind, Master Chef Rudi
Sodamin has created a variety of Asian-inspired entrees including sea bass
with a hoisin-lime glaze; wasabi, soy crusted beef tenderloin; scallops and
prawns with garlic, ginger and chili; Szechuan shrimp with Thai basil;
Cantonese duck with Hainan rice; and Penang red curry coconut chicken.
Vegetarian dishes include sesame Udon noodles, Five-spice seitan and tempeh
and sweet and sour vegetable tempura.
    The Silk Den, a new lounge adjacent to Tamarind, will overlook the
magradome, offering guests a view of a new, colorful poolside water feature. A
full menu of signature mixed Asian-themed specialty cocktails including
Saketinis will be served here.  With just the right amount of sake, Saketinis
like the sweet raspberry featuring moonstone raspberry sake muddled with fresh
raspberries and served in a Wasabi-rimmed glass were carefully crafted with
the versatility that enables them to pair well with food or stand refreshingly
alone as distinct and pleasurable elixirs.
    Dinner at Tamarind will cost $15 per person with the Rijsttafel costing
$20 per person.  Lunch is complimentary.
    The 2,104-guest Eurodam debuts this summer with European inaugural
festivities, including a July 1 naming ceremony in Rotterdam with Her Majesty
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, followed by a maiden voyage in the Baltic
region.  The ship will offer its first trans-Atlantic cruise and sail
Canada/New England in the fall, followed by Caribbean itineraries for the
remainder of 2008.
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    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 of call in 97 countries, territories or dependencies.  Two- to 108-day
itineraries visit all seven continents, including 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.
    Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements,
totaling more than $425 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 CafC) 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.
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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
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     CONTACT:  Rose Abello
       PHONE:  800-637-5029
         FAX:  206-262-5934

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