Holland America lines new Alcohol policy is now in action since it came into force on January 31st 2014. Passengers boarding any Holland America ship on embarkation can now bring more than one bottle of alcohol but will be charged a fee. Or if passengers want to just take one bottle onboard it will be free.
Today Cruise Hive got a response from Holland America Line about the cruise lines new policy:
Effective for all guests sailing January 31, 2014, or later, Holland America Line has a new Alcoholic Beverage Policy in place. The new policy for bringing alcoholic beverages on board a cruise will standardize Holland America Line’s policy with others in the industry.
Guests (21 years of older) will now be limited to one bottle per person of wine or champagne at embarkation at no charge if consumed in the stateroom. Guests wishing to bring more than one bottle of wine or champagne bottle (no larger than 750ml) in carry-on luggage will incur a US$18.00 (subject to change) corkage fee each, irrespective of where the bottle is intended to be consumed.
Wine and champagne bottles (no larger than 750ml) purchased in ports of call are welcome to be brought onboard subject to a US$18.00 (subject to change) corkage fee each, irrespective of where the bottle is intended to be consumed.
Alternatively guests may choose to have these bottles stored and returned on the last evening of the voyage at no charge.
All other alcoholic beverages (beer, boxed wine, spirits, etc.) that are purchase in ports of calls as well as all alcoholic beverages purchased from onboard shops will be stored and returned on the last evening of the voyage at no charge.
This now pretty much brings Holland America in line with other cruise lines. Let us know in the comments below what you thing of the new policy.