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Viking Cruise bar menu: Everything you want to know!

Free drinks can be hard to come by on a cruise.

But on Viking Cruises, your bar bill will be zilch if you stick with wine or beer at lunch and dinner – nice, right?

On both of Viking’s river and ocean cruises, wine and beer is complimentary during these meals.

But what about the cost for other drinks on the Viking Cruise bar menu?

Viking Cruise bar menu

Say you want a lemon drop martini before dinner.

That cost is $7.50 USD on Viking Cruises’ drinks menu. (That is, on the Viking Ocean bar menu; the river cruises have different bar prices.)

But maybe you don’t want to think twice about ordering a cocktail? Or perhaps you’d like to try different premium wines.

Then the Viking Silver Spirits package might be for you.

This all-inclusive drinks package is available on both the ocean and river cruises.

Not sure what to do? Let’s get into the nitty gritty of the different options available…

Viking cruise bar menu

Viking Silver Spirits package

We’ve now returned from our second Viking cruise. 

Our first Viking cruise was a two-week ocean cruise on the Viking Star in the Baltic.

This most recent voyage was a 10-day Caribbean cruise on the Viking Sea (from New York to San Juan, Puerto Rico).

Plenty of time to learn more about the drinks and wine on Viking Cruises… A subject, we’ve learned, people are curious about!

Viking Cruise bar menu

Here’s all you need to know about the Viking cruise bar menu. Read on!

Viking Ocean Cruises bar prices

Bar prices on Viking Ocean Cruises are in USD.

Viking Ocean Cruises bar prices average about $5.50 to $8.00 for hard liquor (e.g., a whiskey or Grand Marnier). Cocktails and martinis cost $7.50 USD. Prices include the tip.


See this sample 2021 bar menu (Viking Ocean) for details.

Viking River Cruises bar prices

Bar prices on Viking River Cruises are quoted in Euros.

Cocktails range from about 7.50 to 9 Euros. For example, a dry martini is 8 Euros and a mojito is 8.50 Euros.

A glass of house white or red wine from the bar is 5 Euros. Premium wines are 7 to 8.50 Euros a glass.


See this 2021 sample bar menu (for Europe Viking River Cruises); scroll down, as the first page is blank until you get to the bottom.

Viking Ocean Cruises wine

Free wine:

Viking Ocean Cruises is known for its “no nickel-and-diming” philosophy.

As part of that, its prices include complimentary “destination” wines at lunch and dinner in the restaurants, the Explorer’s Lounge (during lunch) and even in the cabins as part of room service.

(Several choices of beer are also available for free at lunch and dinner.)

Wines vary from time to time and on different cruises.

Viking Cruise Bar Menu

Wine selections:

Each night, different complimentary “destination” wines are poured – from Spain one night, perhaps Italy the next, France the third night, and so on. Sample: A 2015 French Granache/Syrah/Merlot blend from Vaucluse.

Also, the two specialty restaurants – Manfredi’s and the Chef’s Table – serve different complimentary wines than the main restaurant.

Premium wine:

There’s an additional charge for premium wine on Viking Cruises.

Viking Ocean Cruises cruise line has a large selection of premium wines – indeed, more than 70 red, white and rosé wines. (There are an additional 15+ choices for sweet wine, port and champagne.)

See this 2021 premium wine list. (Maybe you spot one of your favorite bottles in this Viking wine menu?)

About half of the 70+ red, white and rosé wines are available by the glass. The remaining wines are only available by the bottle. A glass of Viking Ocean Cruises premium wine averages $6 USD.

Prices include a 15% gratuity.

We had a shipboard credit on both our cruises, so we could try some of these premium wines.

On our first Viking Star cruise, we felt no need to order anything beyond the “destination” wines.

We’re not wine snobs, but we like good wine – and we found the “destination” wines were good. 

But we couldn’t resist trying the $25 USD p.p. premium wine and alcohol pairings at the Chef’s Table restaurant for the five-course Scandinavian dinner.

The Aquavit went perfectly with the lingonberry-infused salmon tartare topped with caviar!

Some of our favorite premium wines:

Overstone Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough – white ($25 bottle)

Marrenon Classique Luberon Blanc, Provence – white ($25 bottle)

Brazin Old Vine Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley – red ($25 bottle)

Nederburg Pinotage, South Africa – red ($25 bottle)

On our second ocean cruise on the Viking Sea, we did order (and enjoy!) some premium wines by the glass at dinner.

Did we like the premium wines better than the complimentary wines?

Mmmm. Yes, some, for sure.

But some of the complimentary wines were just delightful too – like the Sacchetto Pino Grigio Blush (paired with the gazpacho on the “Sweet and Salty” five-course menu at the Chef’s Table).

Is food important to you on a cruise? Then check out Oceania Cruises – it may well be the best cruise for foodies

Viking Ocean Cruises wine menu:

Here’s a sample page of Viking’s white wine menu:

And here’s a sample page of Viking Ocean Cruises red wine menu:

Free mini-bar:

If you’re booked in a Penthouse Veranda (or higher-category cabin), your free in-room mini-bar is also stocked and replenished with alcoholic beverages.

No corkage fees:

Want to buy a special bottle of wine ashore and bring it onboard to drink in the restaurant at dinner? No problem.

And there’s no corkage fee.

For our Viking Sea cruise, we brought onboard a couple of nice bottles we’d bought in New York.

And the waiters served them the same professional way as the ship’s wines, even popping the white in an ice bucket.

Viking River Cruises wine

At lunch and dinner, house wine is complimentary.

And if you wish to bring wine onboard, again, there’s no corkage fee.

Something to remember when you’re cruising, say, the Rhine…

Think of all those lovely French wines you could pick up in a little wine store in Strasbourg! Or the fresh German Reisling you could buy in Koblenz for sipping on your balcony.

Recommended reading: Some of the best river cruises in the world? Find out here

Viking Silver Spirits package

You have the option to upgrade your cruise by buying the Viking Silver Spirits premium beverage package.

The Viking Cruise drink package is available on both the ocean and river cruises.

Viking Ocean Cruises Silver Spirits package:

Viking Ocean Cruises Silver Spirits package

The cost for the Viking Silver drinks package is $19.95 USD per night per guest. The total cost varies according to the length of the ocean cruise.

For a 7-night cruise, the cost is $139.65 USD p.p.

For a 14-night cruise, the cost is $279.30 USD p.p.

Beverage gratuities are included in the package.

See the 2020 rates for the Silver Spirits package (still in effect as of June, 2021).

Note: Both guests in the stateroom must buy the package.

What does the Silver Spirits package cover?

Any drinks up to $15.00, including premium wines by the glass, cocktails and aperitifs

The Chef’s Table premium wine pairing

A selection of wines, which change twice per cruise

15% discount on premium beverages above $50

Soft drinks and juices

Note: For premium wines, only those wines that are available by the glass are included in the package (about half the wines). Wines that are only available by the bottle are not included in the package.

Viking River Cruise Silver Spirits package:

Costs for the upgraded drinks package on the river cruises also vary, depending on the length of the river cruise.

Rates are $150 USD p.p. for a 7-night river cruise; $299 p.p. for a 14-night cruise.

See all Silver Spirits river cruise drinks rates here (for guests booking via a US order form).

Note: Like with the ocean cruises, both guests in the stateroom have to get the package. And you must order and pay for this Viking Silver Spirits beverage package at least 30 days before your cruise.

Buying the Viking cruise Silver Spirits package

You can buy the Silver Spirits beverage package at any time after you’ve booked your cruise, either through your “My Viking Journey” account or by calling Viking at 1-888-207-8826. 

You can also purchase the package onboard if you didn’t buy it in advance.

Is the Viking Silver Spirits package worth it?

Is the Viking Silver Spirits Package worth it?

So, is the Silver Spirits beverage package worth it? That depends.

Along with certain wines and beer, soft drinks are free too at lunch and dinner. Specialty coffees like cappuccino, tea and bottled water are free 24 hours.

So you have to consider two things.

First, would you prefer the premium wines?

And, second, how much do you think you’ll drink? Will your combined consumption of premium wines and bar drinks for the two of you be more than, say, $560 USD for a 14-night ocean cruise (or $278 for a 7-night cruise)?

Viking’s prices are actually pretty fair prices (especially considering the cruise drink packages on other lines).

Note: You can still buy premium wines or cocktails even if you don’t get the Viking Silver Spirits beverage package.

You might like to read this: Check out the bar menu and drinks prices on Star Clippers

What’s your experience with the Viking alcohol package?

What do you think? Would you get the Viking Silver Spirits package? Let us know in the Comments section below. We like hearing from readers :-).

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After our first cruise on the Viking Star, we wrote a little about the complimentary wine we had via room service after boarding – which helped solve a few getting-to-the-ship woes! We’ve now completely updated and overhauled this post since returning from our second Viking cruise on the Viking Sea.

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Norman Inglis

Thursday 13th of January 2022

We are off to Holland & Belgium soon, on our 9th Viking River Cruise. We always buy the drinks package. One cocktail before dinner, and one spirit & mixer after dinner is all that's needed to at least break even. But I've seen a lot of people obviously not on the package getting their glasses filled up just before leaving the dining room and taking it up to the lounge with them.

Janice and George

Thursday 13th of January 2022

Hi Norman, We suppose that would be the wine glasses guests are getting filled in the dining room. If they want something other than wine, guests would need to pay (or be on the package). Anyway, thanks for sharing! And enjoy your river cruise. (Maybe you're going for the tulip season?)

Fred W Kirby

Sunday 5th of December 2021

We sailed with Viking on the Rhine River in 2019 (Before COVID-19). We cruised from Amsterdam to Basel. It was the Rhine River Get Away Cruise. This was our first Viking Cruise. On this cruise, we purchased the Silver Beverage Package and found it a bargain since we enjoy drinking different wines. Highly recommend this option. Also, highly recommend purchasing the gratuity package.

On a side note, we are sailing again with Viking in five days. We are sailing to Panama.

Janice and George

Monday 6th of December 2021

Hi Fred, Thanks for sharing! Agreed, the package is good value :-). Enjoy your cruise to Panama! Should be an excellent one...

Kelly Ryan

Friday 24th of September 2021

How does it work for the the World cruise? We're booked January 10th, 2022. Thx

Janice and George

Tuesday 5th of October 2021

Hi Kelly, Good question! If you look at the details for Viking Ocean Cruises' world cruises, they include the complimentary Silver Spirits Beverage Package (along with a host of other goodies, like free luggage shipping services for embarkation). This is the case also with the Jan. 10 world cruise from L.A. Should be a fabulous cruise! Enjoy :-).


Sunday 25th of April 2021

We have taken 2 Viking river cruises and booked a Bermuda cruise for June 2021. We had the Silver package before and plan to get it again. We can not find anything on line about how to purchase it. Is it at boarding, or can it be purchased in advance? We've already booked our onboard dining and, yes, we can make another call but figured it would be something to include in your very informative article. Thanks for your coverage.

Fred W Kirby

Sunday 5th of December 2021

You can purchase the Silver Spirits Beverage Package by logging in to your Viking Account on the Viking Website. After logging in, select the dining and beverage tab and select the Silver Spirits Beverage Package.

Janice and George

Monday 26th of April 2021

Hi Rita, Well, that's frustrating :-). You're ready to hand over your money - and Viking hasn't made it easy for you to buy the package! On Viking's website - under the FAQ section on "Can I upgrade the complimentary beverages?" - it states (in reference to the Silver Spirits beverage package): "Ask for details on board or when making your reservation." So presumably you can buy the package when you check in. (To purchase in advance, it may require another call to Reservations.) But we'll follow up with Viking on this :-).

Jeannie I

Saturday 24th of April 2021

Thanks, we are booked for Iceland in July. I know alcohol is SUPER $$$ in Iceland, but thanks to the math I’m thinking $139 pp for a 7 day cruise is a lot of drinking at $6 average per drink. BUT, if you like premium wines - you will definitely like this package. Take a bottle to your room, have the more expensive drinks in Explorer’s Lounge, or taste the better wines at the Chef’s Table restaurant (a food and wine pairing experience).

Janice and George

Saturday 24th of April 2021

Sounds like you have a good handle on this! Enjoy your cruise :-).