Are you wondering if you should purchase a Holland America Line Beverage Package? You are not alone. We get this question quite often from fellow cruisers. So, we break down all the plans and pricing in this Complete Guide to Holland America Line Drink Packages to help you decide if one is right for you.
Complete Guide to Holland America Line Drink Packages
While there are many benefits of buying a beverage package on a cruise, there are also many reasons why cruise ship drink packages can be a waste of money.
So, whether or not you purchase one for your next vacation should be an individual decision that depends on your own drinking habits. Essentially, you will need to decide if you will consume enough to make the purchase “worth it”.
While it varies based on the cruise line’s packages and pricing, we usually save money by purchasing a beverage package.
Plus, we like the added convenience of not worrying about the bill the end of the cruise.
Holland America Line Drink Package Basics
There are some basic things you need to know about the Holland America Line drink packages before you make your decision.
Each Holland America drink package is priced per day, per person.
Further, the package must be purchased for the entire duration of the cruise.
There is also an 18% service charge automatically added to all Beverage Packages. Additional taxes may be added at the time of purchase for certain itineraries or ports of embarkation.
These packages may be purchased pre-cruise using your online cruise planner or once onboard the ship during the first or second day of your cruise. These packages are non-transferrable and non-refundable.
Further, there is no sharing of drink packages.
All adults of legal drinking age staying in the same stateroom must purchase the same Holland America Line alcoholic drink package. Underage guests must purchase the Quench Package.
Quench, Signature, and Elite Packages have a daily limit of 15 beverages. Further, you can only order one drink at a time.
Beverage packages work at any onboard bars, lounges, cafes, The Dining Room, and specialty restaurants.
However, these packages exclude the mini-bar, In-Room Dining, and any self-service draft beer.
Beverages on the private island of Half Moon Cay are also not included.
Of note, Holland America Line does offer a variety of complimentary beverages which do not require the purchase of a drink package. These include juice during breakfast, non-bottled water, iced tea, and brewed coffee.
Holland America Line Alcoholic Drink Packages
Elite Drink Package
Holland America Line’s Elite Drink Package is the most inclusive option. This package is $59.95 per day (+18% gratuity).
With the Elite Beverage Package, you can enjoy all drinks priced $15 and under including Dale DeGroff’s Original Cocktails.
This package also includes unlimited Zero-Proof beverages. These options include specialty coffees, mocktails, smoothies, juice, soft drinks, bottled water (16oz or 330ml Perrier), and Red Bull energy drinks.
Signature Drink Package
The Signature Drink Package is $54.95 per day (+18% gratuity). This package includes premium beers, spirits, cocktails, and wines by the glass priced $11 and under.
Unlike the Elite package though, all zero-proof beverages count towards the daily limit.
If a drink does cost more than the maximum dollar amount, guests will only be charged the difference (+18% gratuity on the difference).
As you can see from the Holland America Line bar menus from a recent cruise, this $11 allotment does cover most beverages. However, if you must have certain liquors/spirits or think you will drink more than 15 total alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages a day, then you should upgrade to the Elite Package.
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Holland America Line Non-Alcoholic Drink Packages
Quench Drink Package
The Quench Drink Package is Holland America Line’s non-alcoholic drink package. This package is $17.95 per day (+18% gratuity). Like the elite drink package, guests are entitled to unlimited non-alcoholic beverages.
These beverages include premium coffees such as espresso and cappuccino, juices, Coca-Cola products, signature mocktails, smoothies, Red Bull, and bottled waters 500ml and under.
Coca Cola Drink Package
The Holland America soda package is $8 per day (+18% gratuity). This package includes unlimited fountain soda. On the Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam, this package also includes the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines.
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Are Holland America Line Drink Packages Worth It?
Now, the question becomes are Holland America Line’s drink packages worth it for you to purchase.
If we look at the alcoholic drink packages, you would need to spend at least $60 a day to break even with the Elite package and $55 to break even with the Signature package. This would equate to about 5-6 cocktails or glasses of wine. This number would be more like 7-8 beers.
Obviously, this number could be less if you plan to drink a good number of specialty coffees, bottles of water, or sodas.
If we look at the Quench package, you would need to spend at least $18 a day to break even. This would equate to about 4 specialty coffees, bottles of water, or any combination of the two.
Using the chart below, you can do the quick math to see if you would routinely hit the daily “break even” point for the above drink packages.
|Bottled Water (500 ml)||$4.50|
|Other Non-Alcoholic Drinks||$5.00|
Have It All Cruise Package
However, Holland America Line also now offers the Have It All Cruise Package. This pricing offers additional services and amenities beyond the standard cruise fare.
For a 7-day cruise, this package provides 1 shore excursion up to $100, 1 specialty dining, a WiFi Surf package, and the Signature Beverage Package.
The pricing does vary based on the specific cruise booked. Though, after examining a few options, it appears that the difference in price is about $50 per person, per day.
So, when you consider that you are only paying $50 per person, per day for the Signature drink package, it makes it a little easier to hit that break even number.
Not to mention, you are also getting free basic WiFi, a shore excursion up to $100 in value, and a free specialty dinner. That sounds like a win to us!
Have you purchased one of the Holland America Line drink packages? Do you think the beverage packages are worth it? Drop us an anchor below to share your experiences with drink packages on a cruise.