advice:beverages

Generally speaking, all beverages are available for purchase a la carte. Passengers do not need to have a Beverage Package in order to buy beverages. Tap water, coffee, tea and iced tea are typically available free of charge.

All onboard purchases and services are charged to your account by using your stateroom keycard.

This is the most recent information from Holland America, until further notice:

Excerpt from FAQ (2019)

Onboard, Holland America Line offers a variety of beverage packages and cards for purchase as gifts or personal use. Guests can purchase individual items, multi-day wine packages or an array of convenient beverage cards (for alcoholic, non-alcoholic or soda fountain beverages).

Try one of our drink packages which offer great value and a convenient way to enhance your cruise experience.

ELITE PACKAGE

Only $59.95 per guest/per day*

Enjoy all the benefits from our Quench and Signature Packages and more! With the Elite Beverage Package you can enjoy all drinks menu priced $15 and under including Dale DeGroff’s Original Cocktails!

SIGNATURE PACKAGE

Only $54.95 per guest/per day*

Our Signature package includes everything from our Quench Package along with your favorite premium beers, spirits, cocktails, and wines by the glass priced $11 and under.

EVIAN™ WATER PACKAGE

12 liter bottles of Evian natural spring water delivered to your stateroom for only $42 per guest* 6 liter bottles only $24 per guest*

As of Jan 31, 2020, Evian is no longer available. Per the ship services desk on a phone call just now, the new packages are: 6x 1-liter bottles of “Acqua Panna” water - $27.60 per guest. 12x 16oz. bottles of “Open Water” water - $48.30 per guest.

QUENCH PACKAGE (NON-ALCOHOLIC)

Only $17.95 per guest/per day* Quench your thirst with our nonalcoholic package which includes an unlimited variety of premium coffees such as espresso and cappuccino, juices, Coca-Cola™ products, our signature mocktails, Red Bull, and bottled waters 500ml and under.

COCA-COLA™ PACKAGE

Only $8.00 per guest/per day*

The Coca-Cola™ Package includes unlimited fountain sodas for $8.00 per person, per day. On the Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam this package also includes the Coca-Cola™ Freestyle program with more than 100 unique Coca-Cola™ flavors available.

* Prices are per person per day. Please see your server or bartender for a full list of items included in each package.

A 15% service charge will be automatically applied to your purchase. Beverage packages must be purchased for the entire duration of the voyage.

All adults of legal drinking age for the respective itinerary that are booked in the same stateroom must also purchase the package.

The Signature and Elite packages have a daily limit of 15 alcoholic beverages, which includes all alcoholic beverages with a menu price of $15 or less (Elite Beverage Package), or $11 or less (Signature Beverage Package). The Quench Beverage Package includes unlimited non-alcoholic beverages and bottled waters 500ml and under.

The packages exclude purchases made in the Mini Bar, Honor Bar, Chocolate Seduction, In-Room Dining, beverages purchased on Half Moon Cay and any self-service draft beer.

Freestyle Coca-Cola is currently only available on the Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam.

Packages are non-transferrable and non-refundable. No sharing is permitted.

Participants may order only one drink at a time and must be of the legal drinking age for the respective itinerary.

Beverage Management reserves the right to revoke the package if misused. Beverage Management reserves the right to refuse service for any reason, including refusing service of alcoholic beverages to intoxicated guests.

You can also order Beverage Packages, Champagne and other onboard gifts for any guest booked on a Holland America Line cruise.

From THO email (Nov 12, 2019): PLEASE NOTE: airport-to-ship and/or ship-to-airport transfers, beverage packages, and reservations for the ship's onboard Retreat cabanas, are not available online; to purchase those, have your HAL Booking Number handy and call HAL's Key Accounts department at (866) 929-2332. (Don't call the the usual reservation numbers listed on HAL's site for those items; because we are a charter, they will just refer you to Key Accounts.)

[Edit November 13, 2019] Please note that THO was given incorrect info previously. The numbers to call to book the following amenities are correct:
- airport-to-ship and/or ship-to-airport transfers: call 866-929-2332
- beverage packages, and reservations for the onboard Retreat cabanas: call 800-541-1576


Excerpt from Holland America Line Introduces New Beverage Packages press release:

Seattle, Wash., April 24, 2017 - The Elite Beverage Package features any premium spirits, cocktails, wines, beers, coffees, nonalcoholic beverages, bottled water and sodas up to a value of $15 each. On ms Koningsdam, the package also includes the Coca-Cola Freestyle program, where guests can enjoy more than 100 unique Coca-Cola flavors. The price for the Elite Beverage Package is $54.95 per person, per day.

Holland America Line has also introduced discounted pricing for its existing Signature Beverage Package… is priced at $49.95 per person, per day. The Signature Beverage Package includes standard selections of wine, beer, spirits, sodas, coffees and cocktails up to a value of $8 each (As of April 2019, this increased to $11 on some ships).

In addition to the Elite and Signature beverage packages, Holland America Line also offers two nonalcoholic beverage options and a Water package.

Quench Beverage Package features unlimited nonalcoholic beverages that include any juices, bottled water, nonalcoholic cocktails, nonalcoholic beers and specialty coffees for a price of $17.95 per person, per day.

The Coca-Cola Package includes unlimited fountain sodas for $8.00 per person, per day. On ms Koningsdam this package also includes the Coca-Cola Freestyle program with more than 100 unique Coca-Cola flavors.

The Water Package offers 12 liter bottles for a price of $32.

Wine enthusiasts will enjoy the Cellar Master Package, consisting of a choice of five wine bottles, a standard and a premium winetasting, one Pinnacle Grill dinner, a wine accessory gift set and a Holland America Line commemorative bottle of wine. Cellar Master Package prices begin at $252 per person.

Unless otherwise noted, beverage packages must be purchased for the duration of the cruise and for all occupants of a stateroom. A 15 percent service charge is automatically added to all beverage purchases.

The new package brings the total beverage package options to five, including the Signature Package, Quench Beverage Package, Coca-Cola Package and Cellar Master Package.

Per The Home Office via e-mail (December 28, 2017): Beverage packages can't be bought online, but can be pre-purchased by calling HAL Ship Services at (800) 541-1576.

Holland America FAQ: Can I Bring Alcoholic Beverages Onboard?: Each guest 21 years and older may bring one bottle of wine or champagne (no larger than 750ml) onboard in carry-on luggage at the beginning of the voyage. (See more below.)

Revised Policy effective July 1, 2016

Each guest 21 years* and older may bring one bottle of wine or champagne (no larger than 750ml) onboard in carry-on luggage at the beginning of the voyage. This bottle will not be subject to a corkage fee if consumed in the stateroom. Additional wine or champagne bottles (no larger than 750ml) in carry-on luggage are welcome, but will incur a US$18.00 (subject to change) corkage fee each, irrespective of where they are intended to be consumed. Guests are not allowed to bring beer, boxed wine, or other liquors and spirits onboard. Holland America Line reserves the right to remove all alcoholic beverages from any guest luggage that violates this policy. Any alcoholic beverage found will be removed and returned on the last evening of the voyage. Guests will not receive any monetary compensation for alcoholic beverages that were removed from luggage.

*For voyages that depart from and return to Australia and/or New Zealand, this policy applies to guests 18 years and older. Effective July 1, 2016, for voyages which depart from and return to Europe, China, Hong Kong, Singapore or Taiwan, this policy applies to guests 18 years and older, and for voyages which depart from and return to Japan, this policy applies to guests 20 years and older.

Wine and champagne bottles (no larger than 750ml) purchased in ports of call are welcome to be brought onboard subject to a US$18.00 (subject to change) corkage fee each, irrespective of where they are intended to be consumed. Alternatively guests can choose to have these bottles stored and returned on the last evening of the voyage at no charge. All other alcoholic beverages that are purchased in ports of calls as well as all alcoholic beverages purchased from onboard shops will be stored and returned on the last evening of the voyage at no charge.

In-Room Dining offers reduced-price stateroom beverage packages for in-stateroom consumption of alcoholic beverages (a 15% Service Charge on all beverage items and packages with beverages will be added).

Buying Tobacco & Alcohol

  • A traveler may include up to 100 cigars and 200 cigarettes (one carton) in the US$800 exemption from duty. U.S. residents on State Department-licensed travel to Cuba may no longer bring cigars or other goods back with them from their visit. Additional cigars and cigarettes may be brought into the country, but they will be subject to duty and taxes. Cigarettes may also be subject to a tax imposed by state and local authorities. Bidis — essentially flavored cigarettes — are not generally permitted entry.
  • Generally, one liter of alcohol per person may be entered into the U.S. duty-free by travelers who are 21 or older, although travelers coming from the U.S. Virgin Islands or other Caribbean countries are entitled to more. Additional quantities may be entered, although they will be subject to duty and IRS taxes.

As listed above, there are limitations as to how many bottles of wine each cabin may bring aboard. Sea Monkeys who don't plan to bring any bottles may volunteer to carry bottles for someone else. Bottles are typically handed over before boarding, carried through check in, and then returned to the original owner once onboard. Volunteers have affectionately become known as “wine mules”.

Beverage Selections: photo album from 2018 sailing

There is usually a “drink of the day” which is discounted.

Happy Hours often have “2 for 1” drink deals.

Get a black Russian in a large glass, then go to the ice cream counter to make it a white Russian.

We found that anything other than the soda drinks package just wasn't worth it for us, and I have heard from other folks on the cruise that having the alcohol package just made them feel like they had to drink a TON to “get their money's worth”. But YMMV on that, it really depends on personal preference. Also we had luck with just one of us getting the soda package and getting two sodas each time. And you can buy drinks package on the boat the first day or two, no need to buy them ahead of time.

There may be waiter seat service for drinks in the main theater. There may also be a bar open in the theater. But, if you don't want to wait (or cause interruptions) grab your drink at another bar on the way in.

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