Ready Set Sail Offers Pre-Paid Gratuities, Reduced Deposits and Exceptional Cruise Fares

Sail Offers Pre-Paid Gratuities

Travelers looking to plan ahead and book their future Holland America Line cruise vacation can take advantage of the Ready Set Sail promotion featuring pre-paid gratuities, reduced deposits and exceptional rates on nearly all of the cruise line’s worldwide itineraries. Guests who book a Holland America Line cruise by June 14, 2018, will be eligible to receive the offer, and guests who book a suite also will receive up to $300 onboard spending money per stateroom.

All cruises between Sept. 1, 2018, and Aug. 1, 2019, excluding Grand Voyages and Grand Voyage segments, are eligible for the Ready Set Sail promotion. The prepaid gratuities cover the hotel service charge, while 50 percent reduced deposits and attractive fares make it more affordable to start planning for a future cruise. Depending on the cruise length, guests booking suites will receive onboard spending money up to $300 per stateroom.

“Our guests are frequent travelers and many book their next cruise up to a year in advance. Promotions like Ready Set Sail give them the opportunity to reserve now with a low deposit and receive incentives like prepaid gratuities and onboard spending money,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “Applying Ready Set Sail to the majority of our global cruises and adding extra perks makes it possible for more cruisers to take that trip they’ve been dreaming about.”  

Suite guests can use their onboard spending money to enjoy a variety of shipboard experiences and amenities. Extras that the credit can be applied to include treatments at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon, gift shop purchases, EXC Tours (shore excursions), beverages or dinner at one of the specialty restaurants such as Pinnacle Grill, Sel de Mer, Canaletto or Tamarind, depending on the ship.

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The onboard credit can be used to enjoy a variety of amenities.

By booking with Ready Set Sail, guests enjoy cruise fare savings and can sail all over the world while taking advantage of the promotion. Eligible Holland America Line destinations include Alaska cruises and Land+Sea Journeys, the Caribbean, Canada and New England, Mexico, South America, the Panama Canal, the Far East, the South Pacific, Europe, the Mediterranean, and Australia and New Zealand.


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  1. R Mesker May 22, 2019 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Can we use our onboard spending money for paying the gratuities, and is the service charge for the drink package included ?

  2. Sid March 14, 2019 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Why cant you make your fares all inclusive?
    Please advise how you come up with $14.50 per day per person

  3. Richard Ingram March 12, 2019 at 7:01 am - Reply

    As my Pension is paid in South African rands these charges in US dollars are exorbitant and will unfortunately make the cost of my cruise extremely expensive. If I had been previously aware of the dollar charges then I would never have booked a cruise for myself and my wife. I therefore will request these amounts NOT to be raised against my account.

  4. Lauren Boyle February 3, 2019 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    Hey guys for gratuities are we able to amend the price we pay for these on board if we have not pre paid them? I have read that they are automatically charged to your room per person per day.

    I would prefer to tip on board accordingly to those that assist me if possible hence why I want to do them on board.

  5. Ray Lee January 15, 2019 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Much have been said about gratuity. Though rewarding crew may reasonable.As passengers, we do not know how the gratuities are distributed. Are the lower crews getting their fair share?

  6. Lana January 6, 2019 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    I was told we booked our group trip through with the Ready Set Sail promotion, but I’m not seeing anything on our online booking info to indicate this. How do we know if we got this promotion?

  7. Pam October 12, 2018 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    9/7/19 Baltic Explorer on Rotterdam. When will we know whether Explore4 or ReadySetSail might apply?

  8. Jeanne Baker September 3, 2018 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    My sailing is for oct 28 2019 51 day on the Amsterdam wanted to know about free gratuities

  9. vv August 24, 2018 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    I book April 19th 2018- cruise Jan 19, 2019 with tour company– shouldn’t ready set sail apply?

  10. Fred August 19, 2018 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    We have booked Caribbean cruise for March6-17,2019. With the Explore4 promotion it states beverage package is one of the perks
    Which I understood means all drinks up to 15 per day. But on our
    Booking it just says a $50 beverage card per person. Is this for Per day
    For the 11 days or $50 card for the whole cruise?

  11. Margaret August 18, 2018 at 7:45 am - Reply

    Can you just buy one drinks package as I don’t drink but my husband does

  12. Margaret West July 29, 2018 at 10:27 am - Reply

    We are booked on the ms Noordam August 26 from Vancouver to Steward. Unfortunately, I did not see the Ready, Set, Sail promotion until after booking. Is it possible to pre-pay gratuities at this point?

    Thank you.

  13. Mark Bloomfield July 21, 2018 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    I am book to go on a 7 Alaska cruise Sept 1st Neuiw Amsterdam and was looking at the drink package it said $44.95 per day US but when I book it it comes up $361.83 which is $51.83 per day can you tell me the price for 7 days or the daily price in US please

  14. Connie July 19, 2018 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    Checking to see if we can still get the paid gratuities for the ready set sail promotion.

  15. JANE MYLREA June 18, 2018 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    We have booked a 10 day Mediterranean cruise in September 2019. There are 12 adults and one child going. We havent received much in special offers only 100 dollars on board credit per room and dinner at the Pinnacle grill . Ive seen you can get a voucher book to use on board. Have you heard of this.

  16. Ginger McCallum June 11, 2018 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    We booked a Far East cruise for 30 Sep – 29 Oct 2018 in Feb 2018. Can the Ready Set Sail promotion be applied?

  17. Arjen Mantel June 11, 2018 at 10:59 am - Reply

    We have booked in oktober 2017 an Alaska cruise wirh the volendam, starting 25 juli 2018. There was a promo then but I cannot find it aymore. Do you know what the promo was

  18. Sandra Anderson June 6, 2018 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    What does pre-paid gratuity mean?

  19. Dolores Davis Wolff June 6, 2018 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Good Evening
    I am looking at the cruise with M/S NOORDAM to Australia from November 22 to December 22, 2018 and would like to know whether the special promotion “ready to sail” applies to this cruise.

    Thank you for your reply
    Dolores Davis Wolff

  20. Mary Hughes June 5, 2018 at 3:17 am - Reply

    Ready to book from New Zealand. Does the special apply

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