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Viking Silver Spirits Package + Viking Cruise Bar Menu

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, house wine and beer is complimentary during these meals.

But what about the cost of 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, shown in Euros for European river cruises.)

But maybe you don’t want to think twice about ordering a cocktail whenever you want? 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 Silver Spirits package and bar prices

Viking Silver Spirits package

We’ve now enjoyed two Viking cruises. (And we have a third cruise coming up this year in 2024, yeah!)

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

Our second cruise was also an ocean voyage – 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!

The Viking Sea cruise ship

So here’s all you need to know about the Viking cruise bar menu, bringing wine and alcohol onboard, and the important question: Is the Silver Spirits package worth it on Viking?

Read on!

Viking Ocean Cruises bar prices

The cost of drinks on Viking Ocean Cruises drinks menu are in USD, and they jumped slightly at the beginning of 2023.

Prices for hard liquor average $6.00 to $8.00 USD. A Jameson whiskey is $6.00, for example, and a Grand Marnier costs $8.00.

Most cocktails and martinis cost $7.50 USD.

Prices include the tip.

Note: Scroll down to the end of this post to see a full list of alcoholic drinks on Viking Ocean Cruises, with prices.

Sample: See this 2023 drinks menu from the Aquavit terrace bar.

Viking River Cruises bar prices

Bar prices on Viking River Cruises in Europe are quoted in Euros.

Cocktails average about 9 Euros.

If you’d like a glass of house white or red wine from the Viking River cruise bar menu, the cost is 5 Euros.

Premium wines average about 8 Euros a glass.

Note: The cost for some alcoholic beverages on the Viking River Cruises drinks menu recently increased in 2023. We’re waiting to receive the new menu from Viking.

Sample: In the meantime, see this sample bar menu for Viking River Cruises in Europe (valid to the end of 2022). Scroll down, as the first page is blank until you get to the bottom.

Viking Ocean Cruises wine

A woman drinks wine on Viking Ocean Cruises.

Free wine

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

As part of that, its prices include complimentary wine at lunch and dinner in the restaurants, the Explorer’s Lounge (during lunch) and even in the cabins as part of Viking’s 24-hour room service.

The wines vary from time to time and on different cruises.

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

Wine selections

Each night, different complimentary “destination” wines are poured – perhaps from Spain one night, a local wine from Italy the next, wine from France the third night, and so on.

For example, the destination wine might be 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 what’s poured in the main restaurant.

House wine

Outside of lunch and dinner, a glass of house wine costs $5 USD at a bar or lounge on the ship.

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 premium wine list (prices valid to the end of 2022).

Maybe you spot one of your favorite bottles on this Viking Cruises wine list?

About half of the 70+ red, white and rosé wines are available by the glass. A glass of Viking Ocean Cruises premium wine averages $8.00 USD.

The remaining wines are only available by the bottle.

Prices include the 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).

Viking Ocean Cruises wine menu

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

(Prices are pre-2023. We’ve asked for the latest menus.)

Viking Ocean Cruises wine menu (white wines)

Here’s a sample page of Viking Ocean Cruises red wine menu

(Prices are pre-2023.)

Viking Ocean Cruises wine menu (red wine)

Can you bring alcohol onboard Viking Ocean Cruises?

Unlike many other cruise lines, the Viking Ocean Cruise alcohol policy is much more liberal.

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.

You may bring alcohol onboard with you when you embark and buy it ashore on your cruise. And you can drink it anywhere on the ship.

For our Viking Sea cruise, when we boarded in New York, we brought a couple of nice bottles we’d purchased in NYC with us.

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

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.

Viking Ocean Cruises Penthouse Veranda

Viking River Cruises wine

At lunch and dinner, house wine is complimentary.

Can you bring your own alcohol on a Viking River cruise ship?

The Viking River cruise alcohol policy is similar to the ocean cruise policy.

River cruisers can bring wine and alcohol with them onboard to drink on their stateroom balcony or in public spaces (including the ship’s restaurants).

And, again, there’s no corkage fee for bringing your own wine to the restaurant.

This is definitely something to remember when you’re cruising, say, along the Rhine River (or any other European river cruise)!

Think of all those lovely French white wines (or reds!) you could pick up in a little wine store in Strasbourg or Avignon! Or the fresh German Riesling you could buy in Koblenz for sipping on your balcony.

Viking Silver Spirits package

Viking Ocean Cruises Silver Spirits package

Beverage packages are quite popular in the cruise industry. (See, for example, our articles on Holland America Line’s drink packages and Windstar Cruise’s alcohol packages.)

On Viking, 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

The cost for the Viking Silver drinks package jumped at the beginning of 2023 – from $19.95 to $25 USD per night per guest.

(It’s the first drinks price increase since the ocean cruise brand debuted in 2015.)

Viking Ocean ship Aquavit Terrace Bar

The total cost of the Viking Ocean Cruises Silver Spirits beverage is:

  • $175 USD p.p. for a 7-night cruise
  • $350 USD p.p. for a 14-night cruise

Beverage gratuities are included in the package.

See the new USD rates for the Viking Ocean Silver Spirits package.

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

Viking River Cruise Silver Spirits package

Costs for the upgraded Viking River cruise drink package also went up at the beginning of 2023.

They’re now the same as for the Viking Ocean Cruises beverage package – $25 USD p.p. a night

Note: As with Viking’s ocean ships, both guests in the stateroom have to get the package.

What does the Viking Cruises drinks package cover?

Ocean cruises

You get unlimited access throughout the day (and anywhere on the ship, e.g., in all the ship’s bars and main dining room) to:

  • Any drinks up to $18.00, including house champagne and premium wines by the glass, cocktails and aperitifs
  • A selection of wines, which change twice per cruise
  • A 30% discount on premium beverages above $50
  • Various whiskeys
  • A selection of beers
  • Soft drinks and juices

Note: There aren’t many premium drinks that cost more than the $18 cap per drink. But for drinks that do cost more, you have to pay the full price – not just the difference between $18 and the drink price. Once the drink reaches the $50 price, you get a 30% discount.

The Chef’s Table premium wine pairing is also complimentary. And you get a 50% discount on premium tasting events.

For premium wines, only those wines that are available by the glass are included in the package (about half the wines).

Note: Wines that are only available by the bottle are not included in the Viking drinks package.

River cruises

With a Viking River Cruise Silver Spirits beverage package, all drinks are included – except premium wines known as “Treasure Wines.” For Treasure Wines, you get a 30% discount.

Cruises where the package isn’t available

Viking’s Silver Spirits package isn’t available on Egypt itineraries (Nile River cruises) for most categories of staterooms.

However, if you’re booked in an Explorer Suite, the package is included in your river cruise rate. A nice amenity!

How to buy the Viking cruise Silver Spirits package

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

See the US Order Form.

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

For additional information, see the FAQs section on the Viking Cruises website.

Is the Viking Silver Spirits package worth it?

Is the Silver Spirits beverage package on Viking Cruises worth it?

So, is the Silver Spirits beverage package worth it?

That depends.

We’ve mentioned that beer and house wines by the glass are complimentary at lunch and dinner. Soft drinks are free too at mealtimes.

Specialty coffees (like cappuccinos), tea and bottled water are also free 24 hours a day.

Afternoon tea on Viking Cruises

So you have to consider three things.

First, would you prefer the premium wines (on Viking Ocean Cruises)?

Second, do you like cocktails and drinks other than wine and beer? They’re included in both the Viking River and Viking Ocean cruise drink package.

And, third, 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, $700 USD for a 14-night ocean cruise (or $350 for a 7-night cruise)?

If you’re not a wine or beer drinker and you prefer cocktails and other liquor, then the package would be worth it if you each have four or more alcoholic drinks a day. (The break-even point is about three to four drinks a day p.p., depending on the drinks chosen.)

The Viking Silver Spirits package may also be good value if you’d like a cocktail before dinner in one of the lounges (maybe a pool cocktail on sea days too) and you enjoy trying top quality wines.

Another point: You might like the convenience of Viking’s drinks package, so you can order a cocktail or premium glass of wine whenever you want – without having to worry about your total bill at the end of your cruise.

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

Note: You can still buy premium wines and cocktails even if the Viking Silver Spirits beverage package cost doesn’t make sense for you.

Viking Cruises Silver Spirits beverage package FAQs

Aperol Spritz on Viking River Cruises

What drinks are free on Viking Cruises?

  • House wines – at lunch and dinner
  • Beer – at lunch and dinner
  • Soft drinks – at lunch and dinner
  • Specialty non-alcoholic coffees and tea – 24 hours a day

What is the Viking Silver Spirits beverage package?

The Silver Spirits drinks package by Viking is an all-inclusive drinks package.

It costs $25 USD p.p. per night.

Ocean cruises

The Viking Ocean Cruise beverage package allows you to enjoy unlimited drinks up to $18 each, including premium wines, cocktails and spirits. If you fancy something over $50, you can get it at 30% off.

River cruises (except Egypt and Mississippi)

The package on river cruises allows you to enjoy all drinks, except Treasure Wines.

For both ocean and river cruises

This Viking Cruise beverage package includes the tips for your drinks too.

Both people in the stateroom need to buy the package.

What does the Viking Silver Spirits package menu include?

Ocean cruises

With the package, you can get the following unlimited drinks, any time of the day, anywhere on the ship (up to a cost of $18 USD per drink):

  • House wines by the glass
  • Premium wines by the glass
  • Specialty cocktails
  • Liqueurs and other liquor
  • Specialty alcoholic coffees
  • Soft drinks

River cruises

All drinks are included, except Treasure Wines.

The following is the complete list of alcoholic beverages (with prices) from a 2023 Viking Ocean Cruises drinks menu (Aquavit Bar Menu).

Prices are in USD.

Not all drinks are on all bar menus around the ship.

For example, the Pool Bar Menu includes an additional $7.50 Rock Lobster cocktail (Malibu and dark rum, banana liqueur, grenadine, pineapple juice and orange juice), and it doesn’t have hot drinks (like an Irish Coffee).

And the Viking Living Room Bar Menu has an additional Christiania vodka ($8.00) that’s not on the Aquavit Bar Menu.

House Wine

  • Red – $5.00
  • White – $5.00
  • Rose – $5.00

Champagne and Sparkling Wine

  • Viking Sparkling Wine – $5.50
  • Ponte Prosecco – $8.00
  • Drappier Carte D’Or, Brut – $16.00

Beer and Cider

  • Carlsberg Draft – $5.00
  • Budweiser – $5.00
  • Light Beer – $5.00
  • Corona – $5.00
  • Grimbergen Double Dark – $5.00
  • Carnegie Porter – $5.00
  • Brooklyn Lager – $5.00
  • Grimbergen Blonde – $5.00
  • Peroni – $5.00
  • Warsteiner – $5.00
  • Non-Alcoholic – $5.00
  • Koppaberg Pear – $6.50
  • Koppaberg Wildberry – $6.50

Norwegian Beer

  • Ringnes Pilsner – $5.00
  • Agir Rallare Amber Ale – $6.50
  • Boyla Blonde Ale – $6.50
  • Aegir India Pale Ale – $6.50

Cocktails

  • Bellini Cipriani – $7.50
  • Bloody Mary – $7.50
  • Caipirinha – $7.50
  • Frozen Daiquiri – $7.50
  • Long Island Iced Tea – $7.50
  • Mai Tai – $7.50
  • Margarita – $7.50
  • Pimm’s No. 1 Cup – $7.50
  • Pina Colada – $7.50
  • Planter’s Punch – $7.50
  • Rusty Nail – $7.50
  • Sex on the Beach – $7.50
  • Singapore Sling – $7.50
  • Tequila Sunrise – $7.50
  • Monkey Sloe Fizz – $10.00
  • White Lady – $10.00

Martinis and Classics

  • B&B – $7.50
  • Brandy Alexander – $7.50
  • Cosmopolitan – $7.50
  • Dirty Martini – $7.50
  • Gimlet – $7.50
  • Grasshopper – $7.50
  • Lemon Drop Martini – $7.50
  • Manhattan – $7.50
  • Mojito – $7.50
  • Negroni – $7.50
  • Old Fashioned – $7.50
  • Sidecar – $7.50
  • Stinger – $7.50
  • Tom Collins – $7.50
  • Viking Royal – $7.50
  • Whiskey Sour – $7.50

Aperitifs

  • Campari – $5.00
  • Sandeman Ruby Porto – $5.00
  • Tio Pepe Sherry Fino – $5.00

Bitters

  • Fernet Branca – $5.00
  • Ramazzotti – $5.00
  • Jagermeister – $5.00

Vermouth

  • Martini & Rosso Bianco – $5.00
  • Martini & Rossi Extra-Dry – $5.00
  • Martini & Rossi – $5.00

Rum

  • Bacardi Carta Blanca – $5.50
  • Myers’s – $5.50
  • Mount Gay – $6.00
  • Doorly’s Fine Old Barbados – $8.00

Gin

  • Gordon’s – $5.50
  • Tanqueray – $5.50
  • Bombay Sapphire – $7.00
  • Highclere Castle London Dry – $7.00
  • Ketel 1 Jenever Original – $7.00
  • Hendrick’s – $8.00
  • Monkey 47 Sloe – $8.00

Vodka

  • Stolichnaya – $7.50
  • Absolut – $8.00
  • Amundsen Arctic – $8.00
  • Smirnoff Red – $8.00
  • Viking Vodka – $8.00
  • Tito’s Handmade Vodka – $9.00
  • Beluga – $9.50
  • Belvedere – $9.50
  • Grey Goose – $9.50

Aquavit

  • Linie – $5.50
  • Opland – $5.50
  • Viking Aquavit – $5.50

Tequila

  • Olmeca Silver – $5.00
  • Patron Anejo – $8.00

Whiskey and Whisky

  • Dewar’s – $6.00
  • Jameson – $6.00
  • Johnnie Walker Red – $6.00
  • Canadian Club – $8.00
  • Chivas Regal – $8.00
  • Seagam’s Crown Royal – $8.00

Single Malts

  • Bowmore 15 Yrs – $8.00
  • Glenfiddich Select Cask – $8.00
  • Aberlour Casg Annahm – $11.00
  • Ballantine’s 15 Yrs Blenburgie – $11.00

Bourbon

  • Jim Beam – $6.00
  • Wild Turkey – $60.00
  • Jack Daniel’s – $8.00
  • Maker’s Mark – $8.00

Brandy and Cognac

  • Courvoisier Cognac VS – $8.00
  • Larsen Cognac VS – $8.00
  • Morin Calvados 10 Yrs – $8.00
  • Remy Martin Cognac VSOP – $10.00
  • Sempe Armagnac VSOP – $10.00
  • Camus Borderies VSOP – $13.00

Liqueur

  • Amaretto Di Saronno – $6.00
  • Baileys Irish Cream – $6.00
  • Kahlua – $6.00
  • Sambuca – $6.00
  • Cointreau – $8.00
  • Drambuie – $8.00
  • Grand Marnier – $8.00

Hot drinks

  • Bergens Kaffe – $6.00
  • Gascon Coffee – $6.00
  • Irish Coffee – $6.00

What’s your experience with the Viking drink package?

What do you think? Would you get the Viking Silver Spirits package? Is it worth the extra charge?

Let us know in the Comments section below. We like hearing from readers :-).

You can also see comments from other Viking guests.

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Viking Cruises bar menu
Is the Viking Silver Spirits Package worth it?

Photo credits: 3 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | 6, 8, 11 Viking Ocean Cruises


After our first cruise on the Viking Star, we wrote a little about the complimentary wine we had via room service upon 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 – and we continue to update the information as we get it.


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Kathy H.

Sunday 21st of April 2024

Great article!

We are going soon on a Viking Ocean cruise of Scandinavia in a Penthouse suite.

My question is whether you can request a specific brand of liquor for the free minibar, or will they only provide the cheapest option? The same question for the bottle of wine…

Many thanks!

Janice and George

Thursday 25th of April 2024

Hi Kathy,

Make your request. Your cabin attendant will want to please you :-). But know that you may only be able to get certain labels.

Enjoy your cruise!

Heidi

Saturday 6th of April 2024

Terrific post!

We like the package. It makes ordering a pre- and or post-dinner cocktail a non event.

It also makes it an easy decision to try new cocktails, as it's never a waste of money. I also like trying the premium wines, a great way to explore new options.

Janice and George

Sunday 7th of April 2024

That's a good way of looking at it. You can try something new and if you don't like it, try something else, without worrying that you're wasting money :-).

Ron H.

Saturday 17th of February 2024

If the drink price is $25, and we have the Silver Spirits package, would we pay the amount over $18 or the entire drink price? Thank you.

Steven P.

Tuesday 5th of March 2024

@Janice and George, BUT, say you order a double of a good scotch that goes for $10. It's still included with SS, even though the drink cost would be $20. Heck, I came out ahead with just the double Campari spritzes alone!

Janice and George

Saturday 2nd of March 2024

Hi again Ron,

We heard back from the Viking cruise folks...

Even if you have the Silver Spirits package, you pay the full price for any drinks over the cap of $18 per drink, not just the difference between $18 and the drink cost. However, if the drink costs over $50, then you get a 30% discount.

Janice and George

Saturday 24th of February 2024

Great question!

The general practice with cruise drinks packages is that you only need to pay the difference - so with a cap of $18, that would be $7 in the case of a $25 drink. But we can't say for certain if this is also true for Viking. (Mind you, most drinks on their bar menus are well under $25 USD!)

Anyway, it's something we'll be asking the Viking cruise folks :-). And thank you for asking us!

David Kirk

Friday 2nd of February 2024

If you don't have a drink package, can you still buy drinks during the day? Do you pay by credit card? If you only enjoy 2 or 3 drinks between meals, how is this charged?

Janice and George

Sunday 4th of February 2024

Yes, you can still buy drinks without a drinks package :-).

When you board, you'll have an onboard account set up for you. It's linked to your room key card, which is your ship ID. Just show the bartender this card and the drink charge is applied to your account. Your onboard cruise account is automatically charged to your credit card (on file) at the end of your cruise.

This is how you pay for your drinks (and anything else extra on your cruise) - with your ship card.

Steve

Friday 26th of January 2024

Excellent article! Saved it.

I always struggle with whether it’s worth paying the additional cost for a package. Your article covered all of my questions.

I've just been exploring Viking Cruises. Love their tour options... The one thing I hate about cruising is the ridiculous cost of shore excursions.

Thank you.

Steve

Janice and George

Friday 26th of January 2024

Glad we could help! Thanks for letting us know :-).