Holland America Line beverage packages let you get drinks on board without having to pay for them individually. A drinks package can represent good value for money because drinks are not included in the cruise fare. There are four Holland America Line beverage packages including:
HAL beverage package
US$8 per person per day
US$17.95 per person per day
US$54.95 per person per day
US$59.95 per person per day
About the Holland America Line beverage packages
The range of HAL beverage packages includes both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. The Holland America Signature beverage package is a popular choice, but there are also soda packages, as well as wine and spirits by the glass packages. Also, there are wine by the bottle packages too.
Coca-Cola package – US$8 per person per day
The Coca-Cola Package is the least expensive of the HAL beverage packages. It includes unlimited fountain sodas. On Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam the package also includes the Coca-Cola Freestyle program with more than 100 unique Coca-Cola flavours.
A service charge of 15% will be added to the cost of the package. Also, the package must be purchased for the duration of the voyage.
Quench package (Non-alcoholic) – US$17.95 per person per day
The Quench Package includes unlimited non-alcoholic beverages. This includes teas and coffees, as well as juices, Cocoa-Cola products, Red Bull, signature mocktails and bottled water of 500ml or less.
Like all HAL beverage packages, the Quench Package will incur a 15% service charge and the purchase of the package must also cover the entire cruise duration.
Signature package – US$54.95 per person per day
The Holland America Line Signature Package is the cheapest alcoholic HAL beverage package. It includes any alcoholic drinks priced at US$11 or less. This covers most premium beers, spirits and cocktails, as well as a good selection of wines by the glass.
This HAL beverage package also includes unlimited teas and coffees, juices, Cocoa-Cola products, signature mocktails, Red Bull and bottled water of 500ml or less.
The package will attract a 15% service charge. Also, all adults of drinking age staying in the same stateroom must purchase the package. The purchase of this package must also cover the entire cruise duration.
Elite package – US$59.95 per person per day
The Elite Package includes any alcoholic drinks priced at US$15 or less. This covers an even wider choice of drinks from the menu, including Dale DeGroff’s Original Cocktails.
However, it’s worth remembering that the Elite Package does not cover top-shelf spirits and wines by the glass priced over US$15.
The package also includes tea, coffee and bottled water of 500ml or less, as well as Cocoa-Cola products, Red Bull, juices and signature mocktails .
This HAL beverage package will incur a 15% service charge. All adults of drinking age staying in the same stateroom must purchase the package. The purchase of this package must also cover the entire voyage.
Bottled water – US$4 per litre
It’s worth noting that bottled water is not included in your Holland America Line cruise fare. However, bottles of water can be purchased individually, or in bulk and delivered to your stateroom or suite. Bottles of water cost:
1 bottle: US$4
6 bottles: US$24
12 bottles: US$48
Bottled water will incur an 18% service charge.
If you choose not to purchase one of the Holland America Line beverage packages, you might like to take advantage of Happy Hour discounts. There are usually two Happy Hours each day:
4:00pm – 5:00pm in the Ocean Bar.
6:00pm – 7:00pm in Billboard Onboard and the Rolling Stone Rock Room.
During these Happy Hours guests can buy one beverage and get a second for just US$2.
Wine By The Bottle packages
In addition to the Holland America Line beverage packages, there are also Wine By The Bottle packages.
Indeed, there are three different packages – Cellar 1, Cellar 2 and Cellar 3. Each of these Wine By The Bottle packages offers a choice of seven white and seven red wines. Most of the wines come from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and the U.S.A.
You can choose either 4, 6 or 8 bottles, however they must all come from the same package.
Your wines can be enjoyed at meal times, or at any other time on your cruise. You can also take any unopened bottles home at the end of the voyage.
It is important to note that each wine package will attract a 15% service charge.
At the time of writing, some of the wines included in this Holland America Line beverage package were: Caliterra Chardonnay (Chile), Danzante Pinot Grigio (Italy), Deakin Estate Shiraz (Australia) and Frescobaldi Remole (Italy).
At the time of writing, some of the wines included were: Domaine Les Salices Chardonnay (France), Villa Sandi “il Fresco” Prosecco )Italy), Frescobaldi Castiglioni Chianti (Italy) and Sextant Zinfandel (California).
At the time of writing, some of the wines included were: Le Grand Courtage Brut Rose (France), La Fontana Albarino (Spain), Moons Red Blend (California) and Solar Viejo Rioja (Spain)
Holland America Line beverage packages exclusions
Drinks packags can be an economical way to get beverages on your Holland America Line cruise. But there are some things worth remembering. For instance, purchases from the mini-bar, in-room dining and Chocolate Seduction are not included in any of the HAL beverage packages.
Also, self-service draught beers and beverages purchased on Half Moon Cay are excluded from the drinks packages.
In addition, it’s worth noting that there is generally no discount for purchasing HAL beverage packages in advance of your cruise. The price for purchasing a drinks package in advance is the same as purchasing on board.