Are You Legal?
Holland America's drinking age is 21 -- all ships, all destinations, all liquor.
Bringing Booze Onboard
Bringing liquor onboard at embarkation: It's not allowed. Bottles and other containers will be collected for safekeeping and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of the voyage.
Bringing wine or Champagne onboard: It's allowed. Passengers, aged 21 or older, may bring one bottle of wine or Champagne (no larger than 750ml) onboard in their carry-on luggage at the beginning of a sailing. This bottle is not subject to a corkage fee if it is consumed in the cabin. Additional wine or Champagne bottles brought on in carry-on luggage will incur a corkage fee of $18 a bottle, irrespective of where they will be consumed.
Purchasing liquor in port: It will be retained until the last day of the cruise. Wine and Champagne bottles bought in ports of call may be brought onboard, also for the corkage fee of $18, or passengers can have the bottles stored onboard the ship and returned on the last evening of the cruise for no charge.
Purchasing liquor in ships' duty-free shops: It will be retained until the last day of the cruise.
Free Drink Caveat
Four- and five-star Mariner Society members have access to complimentary wine tasting sessions.
Draft: Local brews from various regions are offered all the time. For example, Alaska Amber will be served on certain nights in Alaska, German Rostock Beer during Bierfest on Baltic cruises, etc. In Mix, Stella Artois, Bass Ale, Beck's and Boddington are available on Draft.
Bottled: The standard on all ships is Sharps N.A., Buckler N.A., Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Light Lime, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Miller Genuine Draft, Michelob Lite, Michelob Ultra and Blue Moon. Mix offers its own extensive list of bottled beer including Stone Ale, Alaska Amber Beers, Budweiser (aluminum bottle), Bud Light (aluminum bottle), Michelob Ultra (aluminum bottle), Henry's Northwest Trail, Heineken, Molson Canadian, Stella Artois, Amstel Lite, Peroni, Beck's, Corona, Corona Light, Red Stripe, Boddington (can), New Castle Brown Ale, Guinness Stout and Grolsch Premium Lager. Heineken, Amstel Lite and Corona are also available in other bars.
Holland America's newest venue, Mix, features three themed bars: Martinis, Champagne, and Spirits & Ales. Champagne offers 20 different Champagnes and sparkling wines from around the world for purchase by the flute or bottle. Martinis serves up 19 Grey Goose martinis and cocktails, and Spirits & Ales specializes in beer, whiskey and brandy. Mix can be found on Veendam, Statendam, Ryndam, Rotterdam, Maasdam and as of December 2014, Volendam.