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Zaandam General layout and tips ??

Discussion in 'Holland America Line' started by BSeabob, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. BSeabob

    BSeabob Reinststed due to good behavior-Subject to change Staff Member

    Ok yous HAL cruisers let's hear about the Zaandam. I never got lost on the Volendam but I had great guides for that trip. Deck plans seems similar so I am presuming that I'll do OK. Do I assume correctly?

    Anything I should look out for besides pictures of Marykate and Ashley..... and of course Bill Clinton's Sax ?

    Any secrets to give away.? We will only be onboard for a short time and don't want to miss anything.

    ?First night on a short cruise..Will Pinnacle grill still be a "Deal"?

    Thanks

    Bob
     
  2. Calgon1

    Calgon1 Awaiting results of mental evaluation

    If you managed to get around the Volendam OK, you won't have any problem with the Zaandam. And yes, the Pinnacle Grill is always a "good deal". And, don't forget, lunch in the Grill is half-price .... even better!
     
  3. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Forever Remembered

    Zaandam and Volendam are twins except for decor (music for Zaandam, floral for Volendam). You'll be fine thinking back to Volendam. :whistle:

    No longer any deals on first night Pinnacle Grill, but I always think PG is a deal anyway - you've already dined there, food is great. As Calgon pointed out, lunch is half price.

    Hope you and Jude enjoy your cruise, short as it will be. :sunny:
     
  4. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    yup -- the 2 ships are twins

    if you are thinking that the first night in the pinnacle is half price -- that has been for a few years now

    don't forget to look for the big yellow lips

    i'll post the newest menus
     
  5. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    Pinnacle Menu - $20 per person

    The Beginning:
    French Onion Soup King Louis XV - beef broth with aged cognac & caramelized onions, baked with gruyere croutons

    Spicy Chicken Coconut Soup - fragrant coconut milk & lemon grass
    Lobster Bisque - crème fraiche & aged sherry
    Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail - brandy horseradish cocktail sauce
    Vine Ripened Beefsteak Tomato Salad - sliced purple onion, balsamic vinaigrette or blue cheese dressing
    Baby Arugula Salad - tossed with sliced red onion, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and a warm bacon dressing topped with smoked bacon & chopped egg
    Caesar Salad - crisp romaine tossed with very own Caesar dressing, grated parmesan cheese, garlic croutons and anchovies, prepared tableside
    Dungeness Crab Cakes - spiral shaved cucumber & sweet chili-mustard sauce
    Pinnacle Ocean Platter - carpaccio of lightly smoked salmon, accompanied with hot smoked salmon, sea scallops and wasabi cream



    The Grill:
    Filet Mignon, New York Strip Steak, Bone-In Rib Eye Steak, Porterhouse - served with our own hand crafted sauces: sun-dried tomato; Master Chef's green peppercorn bearnaise; horseradish mustard; hollandaise; maitre d' garlic butter

    Colorado Lamb Chops - spiced apple chutney & fresh mint jelly

    Grilled Veal Chop - marinated overnight in a savory blend of rosemary, garlic & pepper vinegar with scallions

    Chicken Breast - stuffed with spinach & garlic herb cheese & served with lemon garlic beurre blanc sauce

    Filet Steak Diane - pan-seared medallions of beef tenderloins & enriched with mushrooms & cognac

    Filet Mignon Burger - a half-pound of freshly ground beef, fin herbs & truffle-infused


    Sea Food:
    Broiled King Salmon - troll caught (for sustainability) in Alaskan waters, quick seared & broiled, served with your choice of lemon garlic herb splash or sesame-soy kalbi

    Broiled or Poached Lobster Tail - on a bed of wilted spinach & arugula, mustard seed & "mangochurri" pesto sauce or melted butter

    Cedar Planked Black Cod with Shrimp Scampi - roasted garlic & cilantro butter

    Pinnacle Signature Skewers:

    Beef Delight - beef tenderloin marinated with parsley, onion, thyme, rosemary & marjoram

    Tantalizing Lamb - lamb loins marinated with herbs, garlic, cumin, honey, coriandor & red chilies, served with yogurt sauce

    Chicken & Turkey Temptation - with onion confit & tomato coulis

    Deletable Seafood - shrimps & swordfish, seasoned with lemon, paprika, garlic, mustard, cayenne & dill

    Vegetarian Zen - array of mixed vegetables seasoned with herbs de provence


    Side Dishes:
    Creamed Spinach, Sautéed Button Mushrooms, Sautéed Onions, Asparagus, Scalloped, Whipped, Jumbo Baked or Shoestring Potatoes and/or Basmati Rice

    The Finale:
    Not-So-Classic Baked Alaska, Warm Grand Marnier Chocolate Volcano Cake, Velvet Souffl̩ РChocolate or Vanilla, Creamy Homemade Raspberry Cheesecake, Chocolate And Raisin Bread Pudding, Pinnacle Cr̬me Brulee, Fresh Seasonal Fruits and Berries, Premium Ice Cream or Sorbets and/or the Assortment of International Cheeses.
     
  6. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    [FONT=Comic Sans MS, Comic Sans, Sans-serif] Pinnacle Lunch Menu [/FONT]
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    [FONT=Comic Sans MS, Comic Sans, Sans-serif]Menu - $10 per person.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Comic Sans MS, Comic Sans, Sans-serif]Starters:
    1)Grilled Prawn Bruschetta with a primavera salsa - aged asiago cheese and balsamic fusion
    2)Mediterranean antipasto plate - pesto virgin olive oil
    3)Scallops creme brulee - caramelized parmesean wafer
    4)Northwest five onion soup - tomato shallot soubise
    5)Chilled carrot and ginger soup - creme faiche and fried sage
    6)Chiffanade of greens and tomato tower salad - Italian vinaigritte
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    [FONT=Comic Sans MS, Comic Sans, Sans-serif][/FONT]
    [FONT=Comic Sans MS, Comic Sans, Sans-serif]Entrees:
    1)Pacific rim beef salad - mesclun leaves, mangoes and lotus fruit
    2)Alaskan halibut fillet sandwich - sour dough bread, cilantro relish and cucumber potato salad
    3)Crab and shrimp cake - exotic fruit chutney, lime Thai curry sauce and orange rice with pine nuts
    4)The Pinnacle burger - apple smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and bistro style shoestring potatoes. This dish can be served with a low carb bun and without the potatoes.
    5)Sterling silver beef tenderloin with Oregon blue cheese crust - grilled asparagus and scalloped potatoes
    6)Penne with grilled chicken breast, lemon basil sauce, sun dried tomatoes and arugula
    7)Vegetarian couscous - grilled vegetables and fried mint leaves and harissa
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    [FONT=Comic Sans MS, Comic Sans, Sans-serif]Desserts:
    1)Fresh strawberries with raspberry sorbet - sugar dough gaufrette
    2)Chocolate brownie decadence - an explosion of chocolate
    3)Orange and lime panna cotta
    4)Ice creams and sorbets - ask for the day's selections
    5)Fruit plate
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  7. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Forever Remembered

    I'm HUNGRY!:smile:
     
  8. msbuster

    msbuster Member

    I had read that one of Pinnacle's specialties was lobster mac and cheese. Is that no longer offered?
     
  9. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Forever Remembered

    I've not seen that, but then my eyes wouldn't be drawn to it anyway!:whistle:
     
  10. earl_m

    earl_m Social Host

    Each time we have Dine at the Pinnacle Grill. I have always order the Porter House steak and Rosemary has order the Salmon.we go there at least once a Cruise.
     
  11. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    some of the ships will offer the lobster mac and cheese

    joe tried it a couple of years ago on the westerdam -- his was nothing more than a cheese soup with a few pieces of maccaroni in it and 2 bites of lobster on top in the center -- it was awful
     
  12. Calgon1

    Calgon1 Awaiting results of mental evaluation

    QUACK -QUACK !!!

    Thanks for posting the menus. Now, I know what I'll be having at the Duck Luncheon ...

    It's gotta be:

    Northwest five onion soup,
    Sterling-Silver beef tenderloin with Oregon blue cheese crust and,
    the chocolate brownie decadence.

    Mama Duck, can one order doubles or multiples in the Pinnacle, as can be done in the MDR? If so, then I'll have:

    Scallops creme brulee,
    Chiffanade of greens/tomato tower salad,
    Northwest five onion soup,
    Two Sterling-Silver beef tenderloins with that yummy Oregon blue cheese crust,
    the fruit plate; and
    a Capuccino to go with that Chocolate brownie decadence
     
  13. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    pinnacle rules for lunch and dinner:

    you can order as many appetizers, soups, salads, side dishes and desserts as you want

    but if you want an extra entree -- it is $10 for lunch for each extra entree and $20 for dinner for each extra entree
     
  14. BSeabob

    BSeabob Reinststed due to good behavior-Subject to change Staff Member

    Thanks everybody...So I am sure I won't get lost now..loved the Volendam..even though the room was not as expected when we arrived.....:( LONg story lol
    Thanks for the tip on PG lunch..just might do that.
    and I do remember the PG well. Somebody had a steak that could have fed about 4 of us ......
     
  15. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Forever Remembered

    As I said above, my eyes (and stomach) wouldn't be drawn to that!
     
  16. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Forever Remembered


    That Volendam cruise was FUN, wasn't it? Memorable moments in the Piano Bar with the group, too!!!! Quite a few FRA's that one evening....:whistle:
     
  17. BSeabob

    BSeabob Reinststed due to good behavior-Subject to change Staff Member

    Indeed !!!!
     
  18. sage

    sage Well-Known Member

    They offered lobster mac and cheese last year on the Zaandam. It was actually delicious. You can also order it as a side dish instead of an entree if you wish.
     
  19. BSeabob

    BSeabob Reinststed due to good behavior-Subject to change Staff Member

    Oh dear ! do they have Heinz Ketchup with that "Lob/MAC & Cheese" ? :diablo:
     
  20. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    trust me -- dh will never order it again if it on the menu
     

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