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The Explore4 Savings Program Is Back So Book Your 2017/18 Cruise

Holland America Line’s popular Explore4 promotion is back and better than ever with four top offers on select January 2017 through April 2018 cruises. Travelers looking to book a cruise or Land+Sea Journeys for next year or beyond can take advantage of the benefits, which include complimentary beverages and specialty dining aboard ship, as well as reduced deposits and fares for friends and family. Suite bookings feature an Internet credit and prepaid gratuities.

The Explore4 promotion for guests booking any category stateroom includes a Signature Beverage Package valued at up to $1,400, dinner in the Pinnacle Grill, reduced cruise fares for friends and kids in the same stateroom and 50 percent reduced deposits. Bookings must be made by Nov. 18, 2016.

Suite Travelers Receive Added Perks
Guests who book a cruise in a suite category stateroom will receive the above four offers plus an additional $200 Internet credit per stateroom ($100 per person) and prepaid gratuities (valued at $13.50 per guest, per day).

Book a suite with Explore4 and receive extra perks.

Book a suite with Explore4 and receive extra perks.

“Cruisers are early planners, and our popular Explore4 promotion encourages our guests to book their vacation now while rewarding them with some exceptional bonuses,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “By making their reservations during Explore4 guests have more itinerary and stateroom options for next year, and the value of a cruise vacation increases even more.”

Beverage, Dining and other Onboard Amenities Add to Cruise Value
Guests who book any category stateroom receive a Signature Beverage Package valued at up to $1,400 per stateroom ($700 per person) that includes wine, beer, spirits, cocktails, sodas and coffee. The beverage offer is only applicable on the cruise portion of Alaska Land+Sea Journeys. (Beverage package value is based on a 14-day cruise and will increase based on days if a longer cruise is booked.)

Explore4 offers also include a complimentary dinner at the award-winning Pinnacle Grill. Featuring a tantalizing menu highlighting steak and seafood dishes like filet mignon and broiled Alaska king salmon, the Pinnacle Grill also includes favorites like roasted pumpkin risotto and grilled lamb chops.

With reduced cruise fares on select sailings for friends and kids sharing a stateroom with two other guests, a group of four can take an affordable vacation to the Caribbean or a longer journey to an exotic destination. For example, in the Caribbean, fares for seven-day cruises start from US$799 for the first and second guests in an ocean-view stateroom and reduced fares apply for the third and fourth guests. A seven-day European cruise starts at US$999 for an ocean-view stateroom for the first and second guests, with reduced fares for third and fourth guests.

By taking advantage of the 50 percent reduced deposit offer, guests will have more flexibility and time before paying the final deposit on their cruise.

Global Itineraries Available with Explore4

Where will you go on your cruise?

Where will you go on your cruise?

Guests looking to take advantage of the Explore4 program can choose select itineraries to nearly all of Holland America Line’s global destinations, including Alaska and Alaska/Yukon Land+Sea Journeys, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Baltic, Bermuda, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Mediterranean, Mexico, Panama Canal and South America.

Which cruises are you looking to book for 2017 or early 2018? Tell us below!

  • Charles Bartram

    Please can you tell me if this or any other package will be available for a cruise on the Zaandam sailing from Valparaiso on November 17th 2017

  • Julie

    Charles, please contact HAL reservations or your travel agent. They have all of the details and will be most helpful.

  • jenny schmoyer-malouin

    please send me info on the grand asia 80 days oct.1, 2017. I would like any offers included please. I’m having a hard time finding it at the web site.
    thank you

  • Linda Chidester

    Looking for the least pricey cruise to Alaska [ who isn’t?] for a group of friends..seniors..for June 2017..Please let me know if you have any fantastic deals!

  • Julie

    Linda, plenty of deals right now! Contact your travel agent or HAL reservations at Cruise to Alaska, you won’t be disappointed!

  • Robert Le Piere

    Sailing on Westerdam on 7-10-17. Have three rooms booked thru RCI. Does the explore4 program work for me or is there a better option. Have three teens and three adults(alcohol use infrequent).

  • James Przygocki

    Will Explorer 4 package be coming back soon? Two cruises booked in April and June of 2018…!

  • Julie

    Hi James, we rotate our promotions so not sure at the moment! Keep an eye out. Ready Set Sail is our current promotion, so check it out! Happy cruising!

  • Borge Eskesen

    any cruises in 2018 with exlore 4 package ?

  • Gene Swyers

    Holding out for this to come back for 2018 Alaska. The other lines have similar promotion right now but like your itinerary better. Still may go that direction though too good to pass up their promotions right now.

  • Arlene Brandt

    My agency booked two rooms on the full transit Panama Canal for 1/5/18. Can I get the Explore 4 package added or do I have to cancel and rebook.

  • Julie

    Arlene, that Explore4 is an older post and that offer isn’t active at the moment. But it’s coming back SOON! Stay tuned.

  • Patty

    Have already booked 2 state rooms for Nieuw Statendam 12/5/2018. Is there any chance for Explore 4 on this cruise?

  • Lauren M.

    Hi Patty! Explore4 is launching Aug. 1 so please check back then.

  • Andre

    I have noticed that there is a new “Elite” drink package. If you receive the “Signature” drink package as part of the Explore 4, is there a possibility of paying for an upgrade to “Elite”. I know that other cruise lines let you pay $10 per day extra to upgrade to their premium drink package. Wondering if Holland America offers the same to its passengers.

  • Julie

    Hi Andre, yes, you can move up your package. However we do not have fee information. Please call 1–877–932–4259 or your travel agent.

  • Jenny

    We have booked 2 deluxe verandah state rooms on the Niew Amsterdam sailing 26/5/18 through our Travel agent here in Australia with Travel Marvel….are we able to get the Explore 4 package still. On HAL website the Explore 4 is being offered on this date.

  • Julie

    Jenny, you have to work through your agent, so please give them a call. The offer varies per country.

  • Jason

    If I purchase a cruise where the explore4 signature beverage package is included free as a perk, will I have to pay the gratuity on each drink or is it included in the package?

  • Julie

    Yes, gratuities are included. Enjoy!

  • Donna

    I am cruising on the Konningsdam on Nov.19, 2017. Are there any current promotions available for that ship relating to the beverage packages or excursions?

  • Julie

    You’ll have to contact your travel agent or call Holland America Line directly at 1–877–932–4259. This promotion is for 2018 cruises.

  • Helen

    Sailing on Noordam on 5 Jan 2018, UK to Sydney/NZ can I get any explore 4 perks etc?

  • Julie

    Helen, the Explore4 offer is over. We now have View & Verandah, but it’s for new bookings from March 2018 on.

  • Shelsea

    Will you be offering the Explore4 promotion again sometime soon?

  • Julie

    Hi Shelsea, right now we’re offering View & Verandah through Feb. 28, 2018, and our next promotion is Ready, Set, Sail that launches in April. Stay tuned!


    Are there any signature promotions or other offers on the 14-DAY PASSAGE TO ROME cruise leaving on March 28th, 2018 out of Fort Lauderdale?

  • Obyn-Crombez

    I like to book a cruise to Alaska with the New Amsterdam on August 25 2018. But I wait for the Explore4 to book!
    When will it be possible ? Thanks!

  • Julie

    Our next promotion is Ready Set Sail, so perhaps you’ll find a great deal! That will launch soon!

  • Julie

    Please call your travel professional or Holland America Line reservations. They can assist with helping you find what you’re looking for. Explore4 is not available at the moment, but Ready Set Sail is coming soon! 1–877–932–4259

  • Debbie

    Loved our SE Asia cruise with the Explore 4 promotion and hope to do another cruise September 2018. Are there any new promotions coming spring or fall 2018?

  • Julie

    Seas the Day is ending April 2, and our next promotion is Ready Set Sail. Details for this have yet to be releases. Stay tuned!

  • Johan smit

    Hi there, there is some discussion on our Facebook group about the servicecharges on the drinks in an Explorer4 beverages package. Is there or is there not a servicecharge on the drinks? I Will be sailing with the Oosterdam on May 12th. Thanks in advance!

  • Julie

    There is a service charge, and it’s covered in the Explore4 package. Cheers!

  • Sonja

    We are looking at a SE Asia Cruise Feb 2nd from Hong Kong. Is Explore4 package available for this cruise?

  • Julie

    It does not appear to be included, but please contact Holland America Line directly or your travel professional, as we do not have access to bookings at the blog so we can’t be 100% certain. 855-932-1711

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