HAL beverage packages

The range of HAL beverage packages offers a convenient way to get drinks on board. That is because beverages are typically not included in Holland America Line cruise fares. So a HAL drinks package not only makes them easier to purchase, but can offer better value than buying beverages individually.

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The HAL beverage packages

There are both non-alcoholic and alcoholic HAL beverage packages. These include water packages and soda packages, as well as wine and spirits by the glass packages. In addition, there are wine by the bottle packages too.

Evian Water package

US$42 for 12 litres.

The Evian Water Package includes 12 one-litre bottles of Evian natural spring water. All 12 bottles will be delivered to your stateroom at once, however these bottles fit conveniently underneath the glassware cabinet.

The Evian Water Package does not include gratuities, so a service charge of 15% will be added.

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 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.

Happy hours

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.

Cellar 1 package

4 Bottles: US$119.

6 Bottles: US$169.

8 Bottles: US$219.

At the time of writing, some of the wines included were: Caliterra Chardonnay (Chile), Danzante Pinot Grigio (Italy), Deakin Estate Shiraz (Australia) and Estancia Pinot Noir (California)

Cellar 2 package

4 Bottles: US$149.

6 Bottles: US$229.

8 Bottles: US$289.

At the time of writing, some of the wines included were: Le Grand Cortage Brut (France), Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand), Frescobaldi Castiglioni Chianti (Italy) and Sextant Zinfandel (California).

Cellar 3 package

4 Bottles: US$189.

6 Bottles: US$269.

8 Bottles: US$329.

At the time of writing, some of the wines included were: Villa Sandi “il fresco” Prosecco (Italy), La Fontana Albarino (Spain), Diseno Malbec (Argentina) and Boom Boom Syrah (Washington).

HAL beverage package conditions

It’s important to remember that purchases from the mini-bar, in-room dining and Chocolate Seduction are not included in any 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.

To learn visit the Holland America Line website or talk to your travel consultant.

31 comments

    • Jason Kerr 20 December 2019 at 13:17 - Reply Author

      Dear Tony,

      Thank you for your question. The answer is, yes. Wines can be consumed in the restaurants, or at any other time (in your stateroom, or a bar, etc.). You can also take any unopened bottles home at the end of the voyage

      Merry Christmas
      Jason Kerr
      Managing editor

  1. Hi Jason,

    With the beverage packages, all adults within the same stateroom must make the purchase. Is the same rule applied to the Wine by the Bottle package? In other words, can my wife and I buy one 8 bottle package to share over the cruise?

    Merry Christmas and thanks for the article.
    Steve

    • Jason Kerr 20 December 2019 at 16:41 - Reply Author

      Hi Steve

      The Wine by the Bottle package is different to the beverage packages which offer wine by the glass. Only one guest needs to purchase a Wine by the Bottle package and those bottles can be consumed with whomever they please.

      Merry Christmas
      Jason Kerr
      Managing editor

  2. This is so helpful, so many thanks for such a detailed review. We are considering a cruise in 2021 and weighing up whether it is better to take the currently advertised “all-in” package or book the cruise and add on the wine package instead of the drink package. It’s a case of deciding where we get the best value, particularly as we are three star members with HAL. Our other big consideration is the size of the vessel. We love the smaller ships, but would love to experience a newer vessel. Decisions, decisions, decisions – all lovely to think about.

    • Jason Kerr 12 January 2020 at 14:39 - Reply Author

      Dear Cathy

      Thanks for your question. You may bring a limited amount of wine onboard, generally only one or two bottles. It would be advisable to contact HAL directly to inquire whether or not they will allow a whole case of wine.

      Reagrds
      Jason Kerr
      Managing editor

  3. Larry Keith Owens 6 January 2020 at 07:25 - Reply

    For the Alaska Land + Sea packages, does the cost of the Signature Plan apply to the land travel days also, or just the days while on the ship?

    • Jason Kerr 12 January 2020 at 14:45 - Reply Author

      Dear Larry

      Thanks for your question – it’s a good one. The beverage packages only cover drinks consumed on board. However some land packages may offer beverage inclusions, so I would advise checking with your travel consultant.

      I hope this helps

      Jason Kerr
      Managing editor

    • Jason Kerr 12 January 2020 at 14:49 - Reply Author

      Dear Frances

      HAL have a large selection of wines on board. On one of my recent sailings (July 2018) these included Villa Sandi “il fresco” Prosecco (Italy), La Fontana Albarino (Spain), Diseno Malbec (Argentina) and Boom Boom Syrah (Washington). The wines are changed on a semi-regular basis, so you will need to wait until you are on board to see exactly what is on offer.

      I hope this helps.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing editor

  4. You should book d directly with HAL a n d t hen when they lower the fares near sailing, they throw in that beverage package a nd reduce your fare too. I got the signature drink package for less than two hundred dollars for my 11 day sailing.

  5. If there are 2 adults and 1 child in a room, can we buy the coca cola package for the child without buying it for the adults if the adults already have the signature beverage package?

    • Jason Kerr 12 January 2020 at 14:51 - Reply Author

      Dear Peter,

      My understanding is that if the adults have a Signature Package, the children can have a Coca-Cola Package without the need for others in the Stateroom purchasing it.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing editor

  6. Jason, I do not drink alcohol so do not want to purchase a drinks package. I will be happy with free tea, coffee and water and will bring a few bottles of sparkling water with me. My husband will however be wanting to drink. How to we manage this situation. Regards Dianne

    • Jason Kerr 22 January 2020 at 15:35 - Reply Author

      Hi Dianne

      I would recommend your husband simply purchase alcoholic beverages by-the-glass. HAL have an extensive selection available with 5oz glasses of wine starting from US$9.

      It’s worth noting that tea, coffee and water are not complimentary (unless included in a special cruise fare). So you would need a basic beverage package to cover these costs.

      I hope this helps.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  7. Hi Jason,
    Thanks for answering my last question. I have one more now because we are trying to work out the cost effectiveness of buying a wine bottle package, a 1 liter bottle of spirits and the odd cocktail at night vs an elite drinks package. For an accurate comparison we need to know how much HAL charges for each can of coke (we plan to drink Jack Daniels with coke in our cabin). Thanks again for the very helpful information.

    Regards,
    Steve

    • Jason Kerr 22 January 2020 at 15:47 - Reply Author

      Hi Steve

      HAL chagre US$2.25 for all types of sodas. Bear in mind that a 15% service charge will be added to each.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  8. Hi Jason,

    I am having a lot of trouble trying to find the answer to this:

    If we have purchased a drink using our SBP, are we permitted to take that drink to our cabin to drink? We would like to take a cocktail to our cabin of an evening rather than be forced to stay at a bar if possible.

    Regards, Steve

    • Jason Kerr 25 January 2020 at 10:44 - Reply Author

      Dear Steve

      Thanks for your question. Certainly HAL do not mention anything in the beverage package fine print stating you may not take drinks back to your stateroom. Indeed, other cruisers report they have done so. However, you might like to check with the staff onboard.

      I hope this helps.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing editor

  9. Sent alcohol bottle to room – if do not finish can we bring it home – I saw mentioned can bring unopened bottles of wine home

    • Jason Kerr 2 February 2020 at 15:11 - Reply Author

      Dear Denise

      Thanks for your question. If you purchase a wine by the bottle package you may take any unopened bottles home with you.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing editor

  10. Dear Jason
    I’m thinking of buying the 6 bottle wine package with HAL rather than a beverage package. On their web site is listed a number of different wines in each package – and I assumed that I would have a choice eg. Rioja or Malbec etc. However prior to completing the order it questions whether you want delivery to your stateroom or dining room. Does this therefore mean that the ship decides which the actual wines they include in the pack ?
    Thanks
    Pete

    • Jason Kerr 16 February 2020 at 16:01 - Reply Author

      Dear Pete

      Thanks for your question. According to the onboard brochure: “You can customize your own personal wine package from one of the three lists that have been thoughtfully curated by our wine experts. Select 4, 6 or 8 bottles from CELLAR No.1, CELLAR No.2 or CELLAR No.3”. So you should be able to choose the wines you prefer from your selected Cellar list.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  11. Hi, just wondering how it works when you buy a wine package. I know if you order a bottle of wine in the dining room and you don’t finish it they save it for you for the next night. But if you order a wine package, where do they store it and if you want to drink in the lido restaurant or in your room, how do you get access to it? Heading out this Sunday for the Caribbean.

    Thanks!

    • Jason Kerr 19 February 2020 at 10:24 - Reply Author

      Dear Marion

      Thanks for taking time to post your question. If you want to access any of the wines you have purchased simply let a waiter know. They will fetch it for you. If you want to ejoy the wine in your stateroom then call in-room dining.

      I hope this answers your questions.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  12. For the unlimited soda package, do I have to wait 5 minutes in between each soda I get or can I get more than one soda at a time? Does this include iced tea as well?

    • Jason Kerr 21 February 2020 at 16:02 - Reply Author

      Hi Stacey

      Thanks for the question. The Cocoa-Cola package includes fountain sodas only (On Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam the package also includes the Coca-Cola Freestyle program). If you want tea and coffee you will need to get the Quench package. According to the HAL fine print “Participants may only order one drink at a time” from the packages.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  13. I think in simple terms charging for drinks in packages like this or even as paying separately, is just a way to profiteer of customers. A cruise should be all inclusive price when bought from the outset, not separate extra charges (except hairdressers and personal massages etc). Also tips should be included if needed, but to be quite honest, the cruise company should just pay staff a good wage in the first place, not expect customers to top up poor low wages. Bring back the elegant elements of cruising and yes have fun, yes enjoy good new features of entertainment, but lets not allow cruise companies to profiteer from the consumer, a fair price for the service offered, not take advantage of customers just because they are captive market and cannot go anywhere else while on board, thats just ripping of those you relie on to exist.

  14. We are booked for a 17-day cruise on HAL in September and contemplating if it’s worth it for us to get a Signature Package, we like a cocktail or two and wine each day, or do we go a la carte.
    My husband needs a can of Tonic Water and a glass of orange juice every day while on the ship.
    Is Tonic Water considered a cola? and must we pay the price from our mini fridge?

    Is orange juice available in the Lido or dining restaurants? do we have to pay individually or do we have to get the package or is it included in our fare.

    • Jason Kerr 6 March 2020 at 13:32 - Reply Author

      Hi Aline

      Thanks for your question. Tonic Water should be covered by the Sigature Package, but bare in mind that items from the mini-bar fridge are not included in the package.

      And yes, orange juice is available in the dining areas.

      I hope this helps.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

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