Holland America Line Adds Beverage Package Option

by Daniel McCarthy

Holland American Line is giving guests more beverage package choices.

The new Elite Beverage Package lets guests enjoy any premium spirits, cocktails, wines, beers, coffees, nonalcoholic beverages, bottled water and sodas up to $15 each for the duration of their cruise. It also offers cocktails from mixologist Dale DeGroff’s collection specifically designed for Holland America, including The Ritz Cocktail, The Hemingway Daiquiri and Midnight Sun.

Guests who purchase the package for a sailing on ms Koningsdam will get Holland America’s Coca-Cola Freestyle program, which offers more than 100 unique Coca-Cola flavors, included.The Elite Beverage Package costs $54.95 per person, per day or $385 per person for a seven-night sailing.

That pricing is similar to, or less than, what other cruise lines are offering. Carnival Cruise Line’s Cheers! beverage package, which includes higher-priced liquor, mixed drinks, beer, wine and spirits, costs $49.95 per day purchased in advanced or $54.95 when purchased on onboard.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Ultimate Beverage Package, which includes all drinks of $15 or less, costs $79 per person, per day.

And Royal Caribbean International’s Deluxe Beverage package, which features beers, wine, cocktails, soft drinks as well as bottled and still water, costs $55 per person, per day.

Other options
Holland America also introduced new pricing for its existing Signature Beverage Package. Guests can save $5 when they purchase the package online before the cruise; instead of paying $49.95 per person, per day, guests will be able to get it for $44.95 per person, per day.

That package includes wine, beer, spirits, sodas, coffees and cocktails up to a value of $8 each.

Guests who want a package not including alcohol can opt for the Quench Beverage Package, which features unlimited nonalcoholic beverages for $17.95 per person, per day, or the Coca-Cola Package, which features unlimited soda for $8 per person, per day.

There is also Holland America’s Water Package, which gives guests 12 liter bottles of water for $32.


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