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Head to NOTES to Celebrate International Whisk(e)y Day on a Holland America Line Cruise

Holland America Line is known for providing unforgettable experiences, and one of the most unique that can be enjoyed on Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam is an evening at NOTES, our dedicated whisk(e)y bar.

In celebration of International Whisk(e)y Day today, we’re raising a glass to celebrate one of the most popular liquors in the world by highlighting the NOTES experience that is perfect for both true aficionados and guests who just want to learn more.

FUN FACT: Whisky refers to a product from Scotland or Canada, while whiskey refers to a product from Ireland or the United States.

Located on Deck 2 along our festive Music Walk, guests can gaze in awe at the more than 120 labels on display — and sample some of the rarest whisk(e)y selections in the world. Along with enjoying some whisk(e)y, the NOTES bartender can guide you through an interactive, intimate and entertaining tasting.


There are two options at NOTES: a dedicated tasting each evening at 6 p.m. for a set price of four different whisk(e)ys where the bartender selects the options, or an open session where the guest selects the flight on personal preference and is charged per glass. During the “Bartender’s Choice” tastings, each evening is a different theme — ranging from an introduction flight to a more complex connoisseur selection.


During the personal selection tasting, guests can peruse the interactive touch-screen menu on an iPad where they can see whisk(e)ys listed by price, geographic region, flavor profile and country of origin, among other categories. A bartender is on-hand to guide the guests throughout the tasting session where each whisk(e)y’s color, nose, taste and finish will be discussed. Since the NOTES experience also is educational, guests can use the iPad during their personalized tasting for more detailed information.



A snapshot of the interactive menu at NOTES.

Cheers to International Whisk(e)y Day!

  • Richard Kroeger

    We totally enjoyed Notes on the Nieuw Statendam. Pictured in this article is Hosea whom is a great asset to the HAL crew! We had the pleasure to have Georges as our server when we were on the Premier Voyage from Rome to FLL. Georges went above and beyond to make our experience very enjoyable. We love the smaller ships but definitely miss the opportunity to enjoy Notes.

  • Bonnie C Polgar

    Can the NOTES tasting be prepaid and what is the charge p.p.?

  • Julie

    Hi Bonnie, Notes cannot be prebooked. You can easily do it on board. The charge varies on the experience and selections you choose. Enjoy!

  • Jeffrey Reeves

    Is there a published menu of what brands are offered at notes on the Nieuw Statendam ship?

  • Julie

    There are dozens and dozens. Please call ship services to see if they have a menu available: 800–541–1576

  • Nathan

    Question can the per glass charge count towards the 15 drinks on the Signature Beverage Package?

  • Julie

    Hi Nathan, if you order them separately and not as a flight, and if they are under the price point, then yes you can count them toward the Signature Beverage Package.

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