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Old June 22nd, 2004, 02:01 PM
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Holland America Line announced today that, as part of its Signature of Excellence initiative, the company is introducing new Northwest-style menu offerings and adding elegant, one-of-a-kind touches in its Pinnacle Grill restaurants. Pinnacle Grill is HAL's a extra tarif, reservations-only restaurant and features upscale food distinctive Bulgari china (...which you don't really get to eat off of), Riedel stemware (..which you do get to drink from), WMF flatware (..which you do get to eat with) and crisp Frette linens (..which you do get to lean on).

The Pinnacle Grill features streaks, seafood and unique signature entrees. According to HAL, new additions to the menu include a cedar planked lobster with roasted garlic scampi-butter and herb crumbs. Other signature entrees include chicken marsala with Washington cherries and cedar planked halibut with Alaskan king crab. Also featured are "Sterling Silver" premium hand-selected cuts of beef including two sizes of filet mignon. A food and wine tasting menu is also available.

All of these menu selections are enhanced by a series of finer touches including Bulgari china plates on each table. Each of the elegantly designed plates features a unique blue and gold rim with subtle replicas of fruit embossed in a circular pattern in the middle of the plate. According to HAL, this timeless design is a testament to Holland America's commitment to providing guests with a classic ocean voyage experience in a tradition of excellence to which the cruise line has always been devoted. Huh?

Anyway, the fine china awaits guests on the tables where it is displayed at the start of each meal. After passengers have a chance to admire the plates, they are then taken into the kitchen for safe keeping. With each plate valued at nearly $300, HAL takes great care to ensure the beauty of these pieces of art lasts for many years. While it goes without saying that this fine china will never see the inside of a dishwasher, guests might be surprised to learn of the extra care taken in the storage of these fine plates as each one is housed on its own shelf in order to avoid damage from stacking. Make sure you ask to see their storage location during your kitchen tour.

In addition to the china, the elegant Riedel stemware is perfectly crafted to capture wines' full potential, and esteemed Frette linens - made by the same company that supplies the Orient Express and Vatican -- cap-off the table. Unlike the Bulgari china plates which are spirited into the kitchen, the Riedel stemware remains on the table for the duration of the meal and can actually be used by passengers.

WMF flatware speaks to Holland America Line's commitment to quality as the world-renowned stainless-steel sets feature a classic European design. And for guests looking to take a truly spectacular memento of their journey home with them, the famed Bulgari china is available for on-board purchase. At this time there is no word on when the stemware, flatware and linens will become available for purchase.

Darrell

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