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

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.

  • Mary Hughes

    Ready to book from New Zealand. Does the special apply

  • Julie

    Yes, it does!

  • Dolores Davis Wolff

    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

  • Julie

    Dolores, please contact your travel professional or HAL reservations directly for the most accurate answers. We do not have access to booking details at the blog.

  • Sandra Anderson

    What does pre-paid gratuity mean?

  • Julie

    The gratuities are the service charges that go to the staff onboard like the stateroom stewards, waiters, etc. It’s a set fee per day. With Ready Set Sail, that is covered.

  • Arjen Mantel

    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

  • Ginger McCallum

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

  • Julie

    Hi Arjen, Ready Set Sail is the current promotion. If you booked under a different promotion it will be in your booking. It could have been Explore4, perhaps.

  • Julie

    Hi Ginger, please contact Holland America Line reservations or your travel professional, as we do not have access to bookings at the blog. 1-855-932-1711


    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.

  • Julie

    Hi Jane, this offer is no longer available. Please contact your travel professional or Holland America Line reservations for information on current offers: 1-855-932-1711

  • Connie

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

  • Julie

    Hi Connie, this promotion is over and our Explore4 is currently active.

  • Mark Bloomfield

    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

  • Julie

    Hi Mark, it is US $51.69 per person.

  • Margaret West

    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.

  • Julie

    Hi Margaret, Ready Set Sail is an expired promotion. We currently are offering Explore4. Please call your travel agent or Holland America Line to discuss is anything can be done, as we do not have the information at the blog: 1-855-932-1711

  • Margaret

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

  • Fred

    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?

  • Julie

    Hi Fred, please call reservations to make sure there’s no confusion. That should not be for the whole cruise. 1-855-932-1711

  • Julie

    Hi Margaret, unfortunately all people over the age of 21 in the same stateroom must by a drinks package to prevent sharing. It’s standard practice in the industry. Please contact Holland America Line ship services, as perhaps you can by of non-alcoholic package. 1–800–541–1576

  • vv

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

  • Julie

    Please contact your tour company or Holland America Line reservations with your information: 855-932-1711.

  • Jeanne Baker

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

  • Julie

    Hi Jeanne, this cruise promotion is over and we are now in Explore4. Please contact HAL or your travel agent to see if you are booked under Explore4 or another promotion: 855-932-1711

  • Pam

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

  • Julie

    Explore4 is going on NOW! Please call your travel professional or Holland America Line.

  • Lana

    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?

  • Julie

    Please contact HAL reservations (855-932-1711) or your travel agent. We don’t have the capability to check this at the blog.

  • Ray Lee

    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?

  • Julie

    Absolutely. All level of crew members receive a portion of the gratuities.

  • Lauren Boyle

    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.

  • Julie

    They are auto-charged, but you can remove and tip yourself. However, please note that the auto-charged gratuities are distributed among all of our hard-working crew members whom you might not realize, from the team members below decks to those who serve you directly. That said, it is up to your discretion if you want to remove them.

  • Richard Ingram

    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.

  • Sid

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

  • R Mesker

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

  • Julie

    Yes, you can use the OBC for grats. Service charge also is included.

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