September 10, 2002
Holland America is rolling-out a new alternative restaurant concept with a
boutique eatery that will focus on Northwest cuisine -- and that, unusually
for this line, actually charges a $15 service fee.
The Pinnacle Grill will be installed on Statendam and Ryndam when the two ships go in to their next dry dock (September 23 and September 27
respectively). The restaurants, 1,800-square feet strong, will be carved out of a space that uses both the Explorer's Lounge and the Kings Room private dining area.
In theme, and it is unique at this point to cruise-dom, it will have a
Northwest focus, with plenty of emphasis on seafood and a
bit-more-upper-class presentation that includes use of the kind of table
accouterments that passengers are more likely to hear about on lines like Silversea (Frette linens, Reidel glasses, Rosenthal porcelains and, oh, yes, a "large Bvlgari show plate." ).
One intriguing draw is, that in keeping with the Northwestern cuisine theme the Pinnacle will also showcase wines of America's great northwest, from noted Pacific coast wineries like Chateau Ste. Michelle, Canoe Ridge, Willamette Valley Vineyards and Tualatin Estates.
With the addition of Pinnacle onto Statendam and Ryndam, that leaves just three Holland America ships without alternative boutique restaurants:
Maasdam, Noordam and Veendam. At this point, the company's not offering a timeline for the last three but does say its ships with its original Odyssey concept will, at least for now, continue to operate without standard service fees -- which doesn't necessarily mean that diners shouldn't tip....