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Zaandam General layout and tips ??

BSeabob

Forum Manager
Staff member
#1
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
 

Calgon1

Awaiting results of mental evaluation
#2
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!
 

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
#3
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
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:
 

Krazy Kruizers

Holland America Specialist
#4
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
 

Krazy Kruizers

Holland America Specialist
#5
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.
 

Krazy Kruizers

Holland America Specialist
#6
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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]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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#10
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.
 

Krazy Kruizers

Holland America Specialist
#11
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
 

Calgon1

Awaiting results of mental evaluation
#12
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
 

Krazy Kruizers

Holland America Specialist
#13
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
 

BSeabob

Forum Manager
Staff member
#14
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 ......
 

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
#15
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
As I said above, my eyes (and stomach) wouldn't be drawn to that!
 

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
#16
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 ......

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:
 

sage

Well-Known Member
#18
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.