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DH and I have never sailed Holland America and have been fairly avid Celebrity fans.  We always get the drink package so it is more like an all inclusive.  We went on a Princess cruise once and was very disappointed with the package.  I could not get a can of soda at a bar and had to go to the Lido if I wanted a soda which I found very annoying - and the ginger ale I was getting didn't taste like Ginger Ale AT ALL.  I had my friends taste it, my spouse taste it - but because I had the package, they simply would not give me a can.  Also, if I wanted a double shot, I was unable to get it - this was annoying because we like to spend time on our balcony and I like to sip my drink and read - not go back out to a bar and wait for another drink.  Is Holland like Princess in this regard?  I know it may not seem like a big deal to many but the convenience factor is a big deal for me.  I would like very much to consider HAL because I like the fact that there is a priest on board and I can attend daily Mass - and this would work out great for me if HAL could become a contender.

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1 minute ago, vermonter16 said:

DH and I have never sailed Holland America and have been fairly avid Celebrity fans.  We always get the drink package so it is more like an all inclusive.  We went on a Princess cruise once and was very disappointed with the package.  I could not get a can of soda at a bar and had to go to the Lido if I wanted a soda which I found very annoying - and the ginger ale I was getting didn't taste like Ginger Ale AT ALL.  I had my friends taste it, my spouse taste it - but because I had the package, they simply would not give me a can.  Also, if I wanted a double shot, I was unable to get it - this was annoying because we like to spend time on our balcony and I like to sip my drink and read - not go back out to a bar and wait for another drink.  Is Holland like Princess in this regard?  I know it may not seem like a big deal to many but the convenience factor is a big deal for me.  I would like very much to consider HAL because I like the fact that there is a priest on board and I can attend daily Mass - and this would work out great for me if HAL could become a contender.

 

The Beverage package on HAL includes up to 15 alcoholic drinks and unlimited non alcoholic.

 

You should be able to get a soda at any bar.  I certainly have 😉 

I believe you can get a double shot - they simply count it as 2 drinks.  Do wait for others to chime in and confirm though as that’s just my experience.

I often got Clamato juice and tonic at the bar closest to our cabin and never had a problem 😉 

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And I wouldn't mind that a double shot is 2 drinks - wouldn't bother me one bit.  It was just one of those things that bugged me not being able to get.  A lot of people enjoyed Princess - we were on with Travel Agent friends and she said service was terrible.  But, based on that one cruise I will never sail Princess even though people say it is similar to Celebrity - for us, it was just a bad cruise and our TA said she was shocked as well.  I only bring this up because HAL falls under Carnival Corp and that's why HAL concerns me.

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I was able to get a double Gran Marnier in Aug2018 (Zaandam) and Apr2019 (Zuiderdam). On the Zuidy I often took it back to my room to sip while dr'spin did his charts on the computer!

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That's great....I know it seems like a little thing but I always get the beverage package on a cruise and I appreciate the convenience.  

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I always ask for and receive two shots of Grey Goose in a tall glass to take back to my room, it is charged as two drinks though on to the SBP.

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No problem with cans of soda, 500 ml bottles of water (as many as you want), and double (or triple) shots.   They just count for 2  (or 3) of your daily 15 allotment.   The cans of soda and water, plus specialty coffees are unlimited and do not count in your 15 drink tally.

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The 2 times we had the Signature Beverage Package included, we were able to order a double Grey Goose -- no problems.

 

Something you might consider -- buy a bottle of alcohol for your cabin -- we do -- 1 liter bottles.  Great to fix your own drink and have it on our verandah.

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