August 2, 2013
Effective on sailings departing on or after January 31, 2014, passengers will be limited to one 750ml bottle of wine or champagne per person on embarkation day only. A corkage fee of $20 will be levied for each bottle opened in any shipboard restaurant or bar.
"The new policy for guests bringing alcoholic beverages on board their cruise will standardize Holland America Line's policy with others in the industry," spokesman Erik Elvejord told Cruise Critic. "Holland America Line features an extensive wine list onboard for guests to choose from… Our wine list covers a wide range of pricing, with the majority priced under $40/bottle."
Any bottle exceeding this limit will be removed from passengers' luggage and returned on the last evening of the cruise. Wines purchased in ports of call also will be held until the last night of the sailing.
Many of Holland America's customers are unhappy with the changes.
"I'm not happy with it," wrote Cruise Critic member arewethereyet. "HAL's previous wine policy was one of the differences that went into the plus column when shopping for cruises. Going to a policy like most cruise lines takes that out of the plus column."
Member CowPrincess agreed. "Not often I write any company when I'm displease but I will be writing about this change."
--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor