Pinnacle Grill Recognized by Porthole Magazine as Best Alternative Restaurant in the Cruise Industry

    Editor-in-Chief Picks Holland America Line's Pinnacle Grill As Favorite

    SEATTLE, Jan. 16 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line's Pinnacle Grill has been
chosen best alternative restaurant in the cruise industry in Porthole
Magazine's 2009 Editor-in-Chief Awards.

    "The Pinnacle Grill offers a level of elegant sophistication unmatched
anywhere on the seven seas," says Bill Panoff, Porthole Magazine's

    Available on all 14 ships in Holland America's premium fleet, the
intimate, reservations-only Pinnacle Grill is an upscale alternative
restaurant featuring distinctive Bvlgari china, Frette linens and elegant
Riedel stemware.

    "The Pinnacle Grill has fast become a favorite in the industry, and we
are proud to be recognized by Porthole," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC,
executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "Although there
are many alternative restaurants today, we have continued to ensure the
quality of the Pinnacle Grill's dining experience stands out."

    The menu highlights Pacific Northwest cuisine and features Sterling
Silver beef and seafood prepared in innovative ways. In fall 2008, Master Chef
Rudi Sodamin expanded the menu with creations ranging from "Lobster Macaroni
and Cheese" to "Colorado Lamb Chops".

    Choice seafood and Sterling Silver beef are the highlights of the
Pinnacle Grill. 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 come with choice of seasoning
and hand-crafted sauces.  In addition to beef, guests may choose 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. A sophisticated selection of appetizers, soups, salads and dazzling
desserts rounds out the 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

    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 $10 for lunch.

    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 320
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


For further information:

For further information: Rose Abello of Holland America Line,
1-800-637-5029, fax, +1-206-262-5934,

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