Skip to Content

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.

Sample:

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.

Sample:

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 :-).

Read more of our cruising posts!

Read our posts on:

Gratuities | What’s the deal with cruise gratuities? How much should you tip? (Or not?)

Cruises with bicycling | Check out the two-wheeling fun on the best bike-and-boat cruises.

Cruising Morocco | Snake Charmers? Harems? What’s a Morocco cruise like?


Pin to Pinterest!

Was this information useful? Then pin it for others to find too!


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.


About the authors:

Janice and George Mucalov

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

Find destination guides, global food-and-wine stories, luxury hotel reviews, articles on cultural explorations and soft adventure trips, cruise reviews and information, insanely useful travel tips and more!

Vicki Deschaine

Monday 13th of June 2022

We are excited to be cruising to Antarctica with Viking this Christmas! Do you have any insight as to whether the drinks menu will reflect a "River Cruise" variety or the "Ocean Cruise" menu? I did not see an Expedition menu/listing. Thank you for your time!

Janice and George

Thursday 16th of June 2022

How exciting to be going on an expedition cruise to Antarctica! You'll be blown away. We were. You might want to read our article on some of the super cool places to visit in Antarctica :-). And you'll love all the cute Antarctic pengins!

For Viking's Expedition cruises, check the section on "Can I Upgrade the Complimentary Beverages?" on their Expeditions FAQ page. Basically, if you booked before January 31, 2020, the Silver Spirits package will be included. Otherwise, you can purchase it in advance or onboard. As for specific drinks, we can't offer any further insights, but knowing Viking, the quality is sure to be more than acceptable :-).

Debbie

Friday 3rd of June 2022

Question - Husband only drinks Coors Light. Is it offered "free" at lunch and dinner? I see it on the bar menu - but also see "certain beer & wine" are free. This would be on a Rhine Getaway river cruise.

Janice and George

Tuesday 7th of June 2022

We'd expect you should be able to get Coors Light complimentary at lunch and dinner. Just ask onboard. If any difficulties, explain your situation to the hotel manager. Have a great cruise!

John M

Friday 13th of May 2022

On 20+ cruises with Viking, I've always gone with the drinks package. As @Steve says, you order a drink without thinking about the end of cruise invoice. It's surprising how a few drinks add up!

I've found Viking aren't rules bound. There's flexibility when the bill is made up. If you order a mid-range "excluded item", but don't hit the bar heavily on the same day, they usually ignore it. They also don't treat doubles as "over the price limit" unless you go nuts.

Viking have a flexible, guest-centered approach and the SS Package makes this possible, where ordering individual drinks does not.

Janice and George

Friday 13th of May 2022

Isn't it nice when businesses treat the customer right! With their customer-oriented approach, it sounds like Viking has won you over. It's a win-win for them and you :-). Thanks for taking the time to share your experience...

Steve

Saturday 12th of February 2022

It is so convenient to have the drink package. At worst you would break even, but you are not being concerned about money. After all, you're on a relaxing cruise!

Janice and George

Sunday 13th of February 2022

We like your attitude :-).

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?)