Be careful when booking a cruise!

Be careful on Holland America when you book a cruise.. they will tell you that the "DRINK PACKAGE AND SPECIALTY DINNER " ARE FREE! They ARE NOT! THIS PACKAGE WILL COST EACH PERSON IN THE CABIN AN EXTRA $1,000.00 Unless you are a big drinker.. just pay for the drinks you want when you want them!

Tags: Holland America Line

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We've learned from experienced cruisers to ALWAYS read the fine print on offers and to read the Cruise contract.

Some lines require that all adults in cabin purchase beverage package. Others charge gratuities and other fees for free promotions. We've never sailed HAL so I can't comment specifically on your experience.

Thanks for the reminder to be sure you know what you are booking.

Agree completely...unfortunately, learning experiences like that are very expensive...and the fine print seems to be getting smaller....which is another reason to search search search...even if its a line you've cruised many times b4...I take nothing for know the old joke about "assume".....

I recently had an offer for $500 of a cruise from the casino. I'm thinking we could use our return guest or military discount and make out like bandits. Once I read the entire offer, it is $500 off the "regular" price no other offers can be combined. So I did a mock booking using the lowest possible otherwise and the casino offer saved my $50. I called my PVP at Carnival to be sure I had figured everything correctly and I had, so.... I booked it. My PVP said he had a lot of people calling and they were really upset because they hadn't read the whole offer. This just points out your reason for the post, READ THE SMALL PRINT AND KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GETTING.

Thanks for the reminder!

Yeppers.. pays to stay on top of your booking! Example of 'FREE OFFER"

Yep JoANNA, they all do it, one way or another..some folks need to have it spelled out for them...I suspect theres a whole buncha lurkers out there checking their reservations about now..or questioning whoever made them. Thanks for pointing that out in living color...

Thanks Yankee47... I shoulda pointed out.. that the $742 is PER PERSON that is over 21 in the same cabin. If there are 3 of you.. you each will have to have the "Explorer4" package at an additional $742.00 each.

Yeh...they'll certainly explore your credit limit won't they???

If one were planning to get the drink package anyway, this may be a bargain.

Otherwise, you are correct.

When pricing cruises, figure out the cost of what you want, and then manipulate every line's prices until you get what you want. Only then will you be comparing "apples to apples".

Celebrity is good at this game - with occasional "Pick 4" perks, they will offer OBC, Drinks, Prepaid "Gratuities" and Internet. I never use the internet on board, so I would disregard that in the figuring of the cost. Likewise, if you don't plan on spending money on board, the OBC may probably be disregarded as well.

Love the humor!

Like that pick 4 on Celebrity with Sky Suite. Good deal.

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