There was no shortage of inventive cocktails and quality wine and beer available.
Twelve bars and lounges provide a venue that’s right for just about any cruiser. A “drink of the day” is offered daily, at a discount off the regular price.
Beverage tasting events provided an opportunity to try new wines, beers and mixed cocktails and are offered throughout the voyage. The Signature of Excellence Mixology Classes were $12.50 each, or $30 for all three different sessions. The International Beer Tasting session was $15.
Bottles of wine and champagne may be brought on board by guests; an $18 corkage fee is applied for bottles brought to the ship’s restaurants or bars. Other alcoholic beverages—those carried on board or purchased in the shops—cannot be consumed on the ship. Bottles are collected and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of the voyage.
All drinks are charged in U.S. dollars. Holland America’s drinking age is 21, regardless of port regulations.
The extensive wine selection is augmented by a longer list from the ship’s sommelier, with bottles from all over the world. Wines by the glass include White Zinfandel, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, at prices starting from $5.50. Champagnes by the glass include Domaine Chandon Brut and Veuve Clicquot ($9.50 and $14.50, respectively). Wines by the bottle start at $25 for a California Pinot Grigio and range up to $108 for a Banfi from Italy.
There is a long list of domestic and international beers.
All the classics are available along with signature drinks, created by Holland America. Lime margarita, spiced daiquiri, tropical cable car, citrus cosmopolitan, Tuscan lemon drop and a Fashionista were among the signature cocktails, all of which were $6.75. The cocktails of the day included fresh mojito, skinny berry citrus rita, pomegranate ginger drop and were priced $5.75. The Silk Room has a different drink menu, with Asian themed cocktails at similar prices.
Beverage cards avail a 5- to 50-percent savings off menu prices, and soda, non-alcoholic, and alcoholic beverage cards are available. The gin and tonic package—a bottle of Beefeater Gin and 3 cans of tonic—was $32. The beer package was a bucket of five beers, the mix and match domestic selection was $19, imported $21.
Wine packages come at two levels of quality, Navigator and Admirals Choice, with three options at each level. Additionally, you can purchase a package of three, five or seven bottles, starting at $89 ranging up to $269. All the major varietals are represented, including Riesling, Chardonnay, Malbec, Zinfandel, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon.
All bars and sommeliers on board can sell the drink packages.
Coffee, tea, juices and tap water are free of charge. Bottled water was $2.95.
There is also an afternoon tea service, with three different styles (schedule varies by cruise): casual tea, Royal Dutch High Tea, or Indonesian Afternoon Tea. Desserts and sweets accompany teas each afternoon.
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