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Viking Cruise bar menu: Everything you want to know!

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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.

Viking Silver Spirits package

But what if you want a lemon drop martini before dinner?

It costs $7.50 USD on the Viking cruise bar 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.

Viking cruise bar menu

We’ve now returned from our second Viking cruise. 

Viking Cruise Bar Menu

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

So, 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 $6 to $7.50 USD for cocktails, martinis and other hard liquor. Prices include the tip.

Sample:

See this sample 2018 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 7.5 to 9 Euros. For example, a dry martini is 8 Euros. Premium wines average 8 Euros a glass.

Sample:

See this sample bar menu (Viking River); 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.

A glass on the ocean cruises averages $6 USD a glass; a larger selection is available by the bottle. Prices include a 15% gratuity.

See this 2018 premium wine list from our Viking Sea cruise.

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 (2015) – white

Marrenon Classique Luberon Blanc, Provence (2015) – white

Brazin Old Vine Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley (2015) – red

Nederburg Pinotage, South Africa (2014) – red

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).

Viking Ocean Cruises wine menu:

Here’s a sample page:

Viking Ocean Cruises premium wines

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 Cruise drinks package

Viking Ocean Cruises Silver Spirits package:

The cost for the Viking Silver drinks package 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.

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

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.

Viking Ocean Cruises Silver Spirits package

Is the Viking Silver Spirits 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, first, if you’d prefer the premium wines, and second, if your combined consumption of premium wines and bar drinks for the two of you will be more than, say, $560 USD for a 14-night ocean cruise (or $278 for a 7-night cruise).

That’s actually a pretty fair price, considering the cruise drink packages on other lines.

For example, the “premium” Celebrity Cruises drink package is $69 p.p. a day (recently bumped up from $65) – or $1,932 for a 14-night cruise (almost four times as much).

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

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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 Viking Sea cruise.


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Janice and George Mucalov

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the owners and founders of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.

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Suzanne L Marman

Saturday 29th of February 2020

We leave on a Viking Cruise in April — Budapest to Bucharest. We don’t drink wine or beer. We’re not against it, we just don’t like the taste of it. Can someone tell us what soft drinks are available? Pepsi? Coke? Other?

kishna

Tuesday 10th of March 2020

Viking river and ocean cruises are specifically designed and marketed for US passengers. Hence they serve most of soft drinks, juices, freshly made ice teas and specialty coffees, all at no extra charge!

Janice and George

Saturday 29th of February 2020

Hi Susanne! Sounds like a great cruise :-). Soft drinks are included at lunch and dinner. (And specialty coffees, tea and bottled water are all complimentary 24/7.) But specific soft drinks? We honestly can't remember. Hopefully someone here can answer this for you!

Paul Burns

Monday 12th of August 2019

The article did not really tell you how to calculate if you want the package or how to figure like a 14 day cruise at 279 for a person = $20.00 a day so at $6.00 you have to drink 3-4 drinks plus your free times. Or at $7.50 you have to drink 2-3 drinks per day plus free times. Couple that for example my upcoming trip has 5 days at sea.

So Loose first and last day and 7 days out on excursions or just off the ship. hen back and free wines and beer at meals and maybe 2 liquor drinks one before dinner and one after then the package is not worth it.

So on excursion days you have an hour before the meal and after dinner. That leaves you a lot to make up for either after dinner or on days at sea.

If you had 2 liquor drinks per day at 13 days you spent 195.00. To hit the 279 amount or drink more for the benefit you will go to bed every night feeling no pain as the cruises are excursion intensive you may not be in great shape for moderate or demanding excursions. There are a thousand ways to work the numbers.

Best way is to figure out their lowest price $6 a day and if you do that 2-3 drinks per day and at 13 day , so 26- 39 drinks for the trip. More than that number you are in the green. Less you are in the red but as I said there are multiple ways to work the numbers. So if you have a 13 day cruise includes none of day one and day end.

So if you figure more than 2-3 drinks on day at sea days then it can be managed. Bottom line it you do not like the buzz feeling every day then the package may not be worth it.

These are the kind of things the article I feel should have had.

Janice and George

Monday 12th of August 2019

Thanks for doing all the math :-).

For us, we didn't need the drinks package (we only usually drink wine at dinner). But we understand that some people might prefer the freedom to have a cocktail when they want without worrying about the cost, so they might want the package. Always good to have options!

K and R

Thursday 1st of August 2019

I found your post very helpful. We like our booze and we don't intend on locking ourselves in a room just to save a few bucks The package sounds like the right choice to me. Thank you

Bob Hughes

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

Did the Rhine. Bought the package. After the first day they knew we had the package and never asked for our room number. In fact they knew what each of us drank and offered special drinks to try. Left the ship with no bill and others had hundreds of dollars of drinks Remember, you will meet people and most in the lounge where if they drink so will you.

Janice and George

Thursday 1st of August 2019

It's nice to hear our post is helpful -- thank you. And thanks for taking the time to comment :-).

Chris Beddow

Saturday 16th of February 2019

Thank you for this well written article, but I think there needs to be a correction under the "Free Wine" section. Unless Viking has changed things, the wine in the Explorer's Lounge is not complimentary. We sailed on the Sky last year to Cuba and always had to charge our glasses of wine in the Explorer's Lounge to our cabin. A red and white wine of Viking's choice is complimentary with lunch and dinner. On a side note, we are booked for the Orion in April and hope Viking has improved in their dinner service, especially their wine service as it was challenging to order bottles of wine at dinner due to staffing issues.

Janice and George

Saturday 16th of February 2019

You're right. Wine in the Explorer's Lounge isn't free outside of the lunch hour. But you can have a light lunch there, and we understand that wine is complimentary during lunch time. We've tweaked our post to reflect this :-). We hope you enjoy your April cruise! (And that the wine service is satisfactory.) And, BTW, if you find out the definitive answer on wine at lunchtime in the Explorer's Lounge, let us know :-). Thanks for commenting!

Judy Given

Friday 18th of January 2019

We are booked on the Pharaohs & Pyramids cruise in April, 2019 on the Ms Antares..... any little advise or suggestions on what to pack..... or not miss?

Janice and George

Saturday 19th of January 2019

Oh, wow! Lucky you! You'll have an amazing time! Egypt is so fantastic :-). Get a little taste of the tombs and temples you'll see here in our story on "Ancient Egyptian Temples and Tombs Honor the Gods." As for what to pack? Hat, sunscreen, etc. And comfy shoes or sandals, as you'll be doing a lot of walking. We've done some of the footwork for you, so to speak, here in our post on the "Best Travel Sandals" :-). Enjoy!

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