Holland America Line Global Beverage Program celebrates its local authenticity

Holland America Line Global Beverage Program, Sam Ross cocktails
Holland America Line Global Beverage Program, Sam Ross cocktails / Holland America Line

As many cruise travelers appreciate, the food and beverages on board add to the total experience. The expanded Holland America Line Global Beverage Program fills the glass with authentic flavors and cocktail creativity. It is another example how cruise line wants to be the top choice for food travel enthusiasts.

Going on a cruise often allows guests to indulge a little more than they would in their daily lives. From the mimosa at breakfast to the mid-afternoon cocktail watching the ship cut through the waves, the bar seems to be always open.

While some cruise lines might joke about the popularity of a particular frozen cocktail, the reality is that many travelers want more than just another drink with an umbrella. Just like the culinary creativity and precision at the table, the mixologist holds almost limitless possibilities in that cocktail shaker.

Recently, Holland America Line has expanded its Global Beverage Program. Similar to how the culinary team leverages its Fresh Fish program, this beverage concept celebrates regional flavors and ingredients. The exclusive menus can be found in Latin American, Caribbean, Alaska and European itineraries.

HAL partnered with several bartenders and mixologists to curate regionally inspired beverages. From the landscape to the local flavors, these options are delightful on their own as well as paired with signature dishes served on board.

Building on the success of the special beer served on Alaska itineraries, Sam Ross created six drinks that reflect the ruggedness of the Last Frontier. One option, the PNW Penicillin is a twist on Ross’ infamous take on the Penicillin cocktail. Also, another cocktail featured locally sourced Alaskan gin.

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Pirate Punch by David Wondrich / Holland America Line

Definitely not just any grog, David Wondrich created a pirate-inspired rum punch. From the Orange Curacao and bright citrus to the warmth from grated nutmeg, the Jamaican rum cocktail will have people cheering loudly.

On board European vacations, Tess Postmumus offers a taste of the Netherlands culture to the bar. From the olive oil fat-washed Dutch Courage Martini to the raisin-infused Rotterdam Runner, the cocktails blend modern techniques with old world charm.

Lastly, for HAL’s Ocean Bar, Ivy Mix is inspired by the flavors of Latin America. The five new cocktails are bold, vibrant, and quite refreshing.

Whether guests choose to purchase a beverage package or order each of these drinks separately, the flavors add to the overall vacation experience. After coming back from an excursion or building anticipation on a sea day, the beverage program is another example how HAL ensures that it celebrates 150 years of tradition yet stays modern in that commitment to food and beverage excellence.