Holland America Line Offers Sommelier Wine Package and Sommelier Dinner

Seattle, WA, February 17, 2009 – Two sommelier wine options enhance Signature Services onboard Holland America Line. Hosted fleetwide in the Pinnacle Grill on sailings of 10 days or longer, the Sommelier Dinner event combines at least four glasses of wine with a six-course menu for expertly paired wine and cuisine. For extensive wine sampling throughout all cruises, the Sommelier Wine Package features multiple wine tastings, events and selections.

Sommelier Dinner
Offered once per sailing, a culinary team of six, including the executive chef and cellar master, collaborate to produce the Sommelier Dinner. The cellar master, or “sommelier,” introduces combinations at course intervals, revealing the background and basis for each blend.

Prior to the premium dinner event, guests meet for champagne or Kir Royal in the Explorer’s Lounge or Pinnacle Grill Wine Bar. Menu items feature an amuse-bouche or hors d’oeuvre, cold appetizer, soup, warm appetizer or sorbet, main course, dessert and coffee with “petit fours” or cakes. Sample menu pairings include smoked salmon with a glass of Napa Valley Caymus Conundrum or assorted cheeses paired with Inniskillen Icewine from the Niagara Peninsula. The Sommelier Dinner is $75 per person.

Sommelier Wine Package
A wine tasting experience is available throughout the length of a cruise with the Sommelier Package. Two wine tasting events, a Pinnacle Grill dinner, five vintage bottles, a Holland America Line commemorative bottle and wine gift are included for onboard enjoyment.

Revealing a variety of international samples, a wine tasting is conducted by the cellar master or sommelier. Among the most knowledgeable in the cruise industry, Holland America Line sommeliers undergo extensive training for certification. Guided by sommelier expertise, a second premium wine sampling event is also hosted along with an evening of fine dining in the Pinnacle Grill.

From a varied special selection of wine, five bottles are presented based on the wine navigators’ preference. A Holland America Line Commemorative Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay is delivered to each guest stateroom along with a wine-related gift. The Sommelier Package is available from $251 per person or $308 per couple.