Pinnacle Grill: Cruising with Holland America Line Aboard the ms Zuiderdam

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The Pinnacle Grill on the Zuiderdam lacks some of the sophistication of its namesake on the Eurodam. There are no Dutch masters paintings on the walls. The room is bright with an understated elegance, however, and retains some of its original antique statuary while being modernly upscale. The star of the Pinnacle is the cuisine of celebrity Master Chef Rudi Sodamin. On a single evening during each cruise on all HAL ships Rudi’s Sel de Mer (literally “salt of the sea”) braisserie of seafood is featured. Limoges porcelain plates with Rudi’s own whimsical artistic designs inspired by the Cote D’Azur – the seafood painted on mine looked real enough to eat – and his unique appetizer, Rudi’s Seafood Tower – three stacked containers with octopus, shrimp cocktail, and crabmeat – were the stars of the show.




















Story and Photos by Dennis Cox

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