Holland America Line has introduced a new menu of martini cocktails on board its fleet of 14 ships.  Featured on the menu are 19 Grey Goose martinis and a sampler platter of mini, specialty martinis called the martini flight. Showcasing mixology at its best, a new martini flight will feature six of the menus premier martinis.

The martini flight includes Holland America Line’s signature martini, the Yellow Tulip, a mixture of Grey Goose vodka, lychee juice, pineapple juice, guava juice, coconut cream and fresh lime juice. Other martinis included in the flight are the Peartini, Cosmopolitan, Sunshine Martini, Rum Sundae and High Tide Martini.  A house specialty will be a signature Martini for Two with aged Cognac served with a dish of caviar and traditional garnishes.  Holland America Line’s new martini menu will be featured in the Explorer’s Bar on its newest ship, ms Eurodam, in the Pinnacle Grill Bar of its Vista-class ships and in the Ocean Bar on ms Amsterdam, ms Maasdam, ms Rotterdam, ms Ryndam, ms Statendam, ms Veendam, ms Volendam and ms Zaandam.

“We are constantly exploring new and inventive ways to enhance our onboard offerings be that entertainment, culinary or with innovative cocktails” said Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs.  “The martini menu offers a wide variety of imaginative, sophisticated cocktails that will appeal to our guests.”

Launched as a precursor to the highly anticipated Martinis that will be a part of the upcoming Mix specialty theme bar area, Holland America Line’s new martini menu was inspired to infuse a new splash of sophistication to its already popular bars and lounges.  Mix incorporates three specialty theme bars — Martinis, Champagne, and Spirits & Ales. These enhancements are part of a new $200-million Signature of Excellence upgrade to ms Statendam, ms Maasdam, ms Ryndam, ms Veendam and ms Rotterdam.

For new Signature of Excellence upgrades, the first of the extensive dry dock periods begins with the Veendam in spring 2009 and the last will be completed on the Maasdam in late 2010.  While in dry dock, ships will expand the aft deck to create a new resort pool concept, The Retreat. Enhancements will be made to all existing staterooms and additional staterooms will be added to the ships.  The ships also will introduce 46 innovative lanai staterooms with direct access to the Lower Promenade Deck. New spa staterooms near the Greenhouse Spa and Salon will offer special in-room spa amenities.  Overall, Holland America Line has committed $525 million to its Signature of Excellence program that redefines premium cruising.