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Holland America Wine Packages, Wine List + Prices

If you’re going on a Holland America cruise, you might be interested to know about the wines you can drink onboard.

There are different drinks packages on Holland America that you can buy.

We’re more into drinking wine than cocktails or hard liquor.

So on our recent HAL cruise on the Rotterdam, we bought one of the Holland America Sommelier Suite packages. These wine packages bundle wines by the bottle.

HAL says they can save you up to 25% off the price of a bottle.

(All prices shown below are in U.S. dollars.)

A couple drinking wine

Holland America wine packages

You can choose from three Sommelier Suite wine packages on Holland America cruise ships.

All bottles have to be picked from the same Cellar in the package. (Or the next Cellar down. So if you have bought Cellar No. 2, you can also pick a wine from Cellar No. 1).

If you don’t finish all the wines you buy, you can take any unopened wine bottles home with you.

Holland America Line Sommelier Suite

Many of the Cellar wines are not found on the wine list in the main dining room (the James Suckling JS90+ Wine List, covered below) or wine menus in Holland America’s specialty restaurants.

1) Cellar No. 1

This package contains what’s referred to as “popularly priced wines”:

  • 4 bottles = $119
  • 6 bottles = $169
  • 8 bottles = $219
Holland America Line wine package, Cellar No. 1

2) Cellar No. 2

This HAL wine package features premium wines:

  • 4 bottles = $149
  • 6 bottles = $229
  • 8 bottles = $289

We chose the Cellar No. 2 wine package on our most recent Rotterdam cruise.

Cellar No. 3 wine package on Holland America Line

We’re serious fans of the Meiomi. Part of the reason for indulging in this HAL wine package was to drink the Meiomi.

As it turned out, the Meiomi Pinot Noir wasn’t available one night. We were offered a Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir instead as an alternative.

Actually, some other wines in the Sommelier Suite list also weren’t available.

But we were offered good substitutes (for example, an interesting dry Gewurztraminer instead of the Ruffino Pino Grigio from Italy).

3) Cellar No. 3

The third and most expensive of Holland America’s Sommelier Suite packages bundles some wine aficionado favorites:

  • 4 bottles = $189
  • 6 bottles = $269
  • 8 bottles = $329
Holland America Cellar No. 3 Wine Package

Holland America wines by the glass

You can also buy wines by the glass.

Or, if you have one of HAL’s alcohol packages, you can choose wines by the glass.

The Holland America Signature beverage package, for example, allows you up to 15 alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks a day. In this package, you can choose wines up to $11 a glass.

If you have the Elite beverage package, you can choose wines by the glass that cost up to $15 each.

In both cases, if you pick a pricier wine by the glass, you just have to pay the difference.

Some of the wines by the glass are also highly ranked by James Suckling (see below).

Holland America white wines by the glass

Holland America wine list of white wines by the glass

Holland America red wines by the glass

Holland America red wines by the glass

Holland America wine list

HAL’s wine list has been chosen by James Suckling.

A former senior editor and European Bureau Chief at Wine Spectator, he’s one of the world’s top wine critics.

All the wines on this list have consistently scored 90 points or above (on his 100-points scale) in recent vintages. A score of 90 to 94 is “outstanding” and a score of 95 to 100 is “truly great.”

You’ll find a great selection – more than 100 wines by the bottle – from France, California, Washington state, Italy, Spain, Chile, New Zealand and other places around the world.

Holland America white wines by the bottle

HAL’s prices for bottles of white wine range from $36 to $125 (for the Cakebread Chardonnay Reserve, Napa Valley).

Most whites are in the $40 to $50 range.

Holland America wine list (white wine)
Holland America Line wine list
Holland America wine list

Holland America red wines by the bottle

The Holland America wine list prices for bottles of red range from $40 to a high of $284 (for the Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington state’s Columbia Valley).

Red wines outnumber whites on the wine menu – most are priced between $40 and $70.

Here are the red wines by the bottle, continuing from Page 9 of HAL’s wine list. (The Pinot Noirs are shown in the above image after the white wines.)

Holland America red wines by the bottle

James’s “Rock Star” wines

These are the best wines on James Suckling’s list – described as “some of the best in the world.”

Of course, they’re more pricey!

The Opus One from Napa (which we’ve tried before – scrumptious!) goes for $369. The most expensive wine is Penfolds Grange from South Australia – for an eye-popping cost of $789.

The wine menu has two pages of Rock Star wines.

James Suckling Rock Star wines on Holland America Line
James Suckling Rock Star wines on Holland America Cruises

Can you bring wine on a Holland America cruise?

Yes, you can bring wine onboard. But you’ll have to pay to do so.

The Holland America wine policy was changed in 2021. You’re no longer able to bring a free bottle of wine onboard. For each bottle of wine you bring, you’ll be charged a $20 corkage fee.

However, this policy doesn’t apply to wine you buy on a wine-focused shore excursion organized by Holland America. In this case, you may bring one bottle back to the ship without having to pay the corkage fee on it.

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James Stonehouse

Tuesday 30th of April 2024

Loved your site!

We're heading out on a 7-day Alaska cruise on the Zaandam from May 15 to 22nd. We love the cruise line. It will be our 4th time and prices for the cruise are great.

However, for the wine packages I'm trying to purchase, I can only find one for $265 for 6 bottles.

The choices you show for HAL are three different prices. So I have printed these and will try to buy one of them onboard.

Janice and George

Tuesday 30th of April 2024

Let us know what you find out onboard. We'd love to know if things have changed. Hopefully, you can find a wine package that suits you :-).

Have a wonderful Alaska cruise!

William Murphy

Friday 5th of April 2024

I was recently on a Eurodam cruise. I bought 8 bottles of St. Michelle Chardonnay. The bottles were NOT the standard 750 ML size. They were much smaller and only yielded 3 glasses each.

Is this true of all their wine selections?

Janice and George

Friday 5th of April 2024

Hmmm... We don't know about this. When we bought wines by the bottle, they were the normal size.

Maybe someone else out there can add something useful?

Tim S.

Saturday 3rd of February 2024

We're leaving on the Noordam soon and I wanted to know if there's a different place to purchase the Sommelier packages, as they are $50+ more than you published.

Janice and George

Monday 5th of February 2024

Hi Tim,

You can only buy the wine packages through Holland America:-).

And remember there are different wine packages, with different prices. The cost might have gone up very recently (?). If you see different prices, please let us know!

Lorrie

Friday 8th of September 2023

Thank you for this great information.

We are about to go on a Holland America ship and want to purchase a wine package. We have done this with other cruise companies but not Holland.

Do we purchase this on the app? Or do we buy it from the waiter? Since we have "As You Wish" dining, how do the waiters keep track of our usage?

If you know the answers I would so appreciate your knowledge.

Janice and George

Sunday 10th of September 2023

Yes, you can buy the package online before your cruise or when you board.

When you order drinks, you show your room key card to the waiter. It has all your booking information on it (like the package you've bought). It tracks your usage.

One other point which you might find helpful. If you don't finish a bottle of wine one night, you can ask the waiter to put your cabin number on it and they'll store it for you, so you can ask for the unfinished bottle the next night - even if you're at a different restaurant.

Have a great cruise!