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January 20, 2009

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

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Editor-in-Chief picks Holland America Line?s Pinnacle Grill as favorite

Seattle, January 15, 2009 ?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 Editor-In-Chief.

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?.

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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 meal.

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.

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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 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 Café 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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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.

Posted by Denise at January 20, 2009 10:00 AM
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