Silver Spirits Beverage Package Option

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#1
Rochester, NY
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Joined Feb 2007
If after embarking and you are two days into the cruise and decide the wine and beer that are included in your cruise fare does not meet your expectations, will Viking allow you to still purchase the Silver Spirits Beverage Package?
#2
Boston MA
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Joined Dec 2006
Originally posted by sabrefan
If after embarking and you are two days into the cruise and decide the wine and beer that are included in your cruise fare does not meet your expectations, will Viking allow you to still purchase the Silver Spirits Beverage Package?
Yes.
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#3
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Joined Jun 2013
Hmmmm.....I thought we could look at offerings when we first were on board and needed to decide within the next day so I am happy to hear this.
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#5
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Aha. Thank you! Good to know.
So if on the fence about the package, it makes sense to look and try options on day one. Viking suggested that on another thread and now it is really clear as to why.
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#6
Springdale, AR
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One day one, I asked the bartender if I could taste the provided and premium wines. He gladly let me try them and we upgraded.
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Originally posted by cruzzzinma
One day one, I asked the bartender if I could taste the provided and premium wines. He gladly let me try them and we upgraded.
Sounds like the way to go if you are on the fence about upgrading! Thanks for the feedback and suggestion!
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#8
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Joined Apr 2009
Hi,
That is good to know. Where would you go to upgrade your wines once on board and how do the waiters know which passengers have done so ?
#9
Springdale, AR
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Joined May 2011
Any bartender can sell you the package. After we bought it, we just told the bartenders our cabin number. There were no cards or stickers.
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#10
London
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Joined Sep 2008
We found the Silver Spirits package excellent value for money and were very glad we upgraded. We did feel that there should be a few more wines in the package but would certainly upgrade again on our next Viking cruise.
#11
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Joined Sep 2017
We just returned from a Viking Buri Lyon & Provence cruise. We had not pre booked the Silver Spirits Package, and upon trying the house wine on day one we quickly upgraded. We were very glad we did the value was exceptional, a wide variety of wines, and premium beverages. There were very few exceptions that were not included. One thing to note is that once on board we were charged in Euro's vs USD if we had pre booked.

We are currently trying to determine if the value will be there on our 2018 trip Stockholm to Bergen. It seems impossible to get any information on selections of wines available on the Viking Star and their cost per glass.
#12
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Originally posted by TyaxGrizzly
We just returned from a Viking Buri Lyon & Provence cruise. We had not pre booked the Silver Spirits Package, and upon trying the house wine on day one we quickly upgraded. We were very glad we did the value was exceptional, a wide variety of wines, and premium beverages. There were very few exceptions that were not included. One thing to note is that once on board we were charged in Euro's vs USD if we had pre booked.

We are currently trying to determine if the value will be there on our 2018 trip Stockholm to Bergen. It seems impossible to get any information on selections of wines available on the Viking Star and their cost per glass.

We were going through that same decision making process and decided (at Viking' suggestion) to wait until we get on board and try the wines offered - since Viking changes/rotates these wines, it doesn't seem possible to know in advance. I do know that they were different on Rivers vs Oceans in the past.
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#13
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Joined Oct 2017
We are on Viking river cruise Berlin to Budapest. How much are drinks on board for a Jameson or a Jack Daniels?? Wondering if Silver spirits is worth it if I have 3 drinks daily
#14
Tampa, FL
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Joined Aug 2016
Albo1962

There is no advantage to purchasing the package prior to boarding.
I suggest you evaluate your choice and quantity of drinks once on board and then make your decision.

Keep in mind the package also includes upgraded wines at meals and sodas an drinks anytime on board. Also the package must be purchased for both occupants of your stateroom.

It's nice to be able to be able to get what you want when you want.
#15
New Hampshire
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Joined Jun 2015
Originally posted by Albo1962
We are on Viking river cruise Berlin to Budapest. How much are drinks on board for a Jameson or a Jack Daniels?? Wondering if Silver spirits is worth it if I have 3 drinks daily
Jack is $8; Jameson $6 last June. I know; I paid it. Whoops! That's Ocean. Let me look up river.
Everyone in the room needs to be Silver

River: Jack 7 euros; jameson 6.50 euros

Public Service Note: 3 drinks/day every day + wine may be injurious to your health
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#16
Georgia
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Joined Mar 2013
Originally posted by philw1776
Jack is $8; Jameson $6 last June. I know; I paid it. Whoops! That's Ocean. Let me look up river.
Everyone in the room needs to be Silver

River: Jack 7 euros; jameson 6.50 euros

Public Service Note: 3 drinks/day every day + wine may be injurious to your health
Just be sure to have something to eat with your libations. You can be a little bad for two weeks with no lasting deleterious effects.
#17
Vancouver, Canada
106 Posts
Joined Jan 2012
Originally posted by philw1776
Jack is $8; Jameson $6 last June. I know; I paid it. Whoops! That's Ocean. Let me look up river.
Everyone in the room needs to be Silver

River: Jack 7 euros; jameson 6.50 euros

Public Service Note: 3 drinks/day every day + wine may be injurious to your health
Throw in some Fernet Branca or Underburg after meals and you will be fine
#18
2 Posts
Joined Nov 2017
We've done both....standard wines and Silver Spirits. I am not a wine connoisseur by any stretch of the imagination but I think it is worth the cost of upgrading. The standard stuff is only available during meals...not happy hour or after dinner. We looked at the daily cost and figured out what we would imbibe (wines, aperitifs, sodas, etc) and the average cost per day. Upgraded and wouldn't do the standard package again.
#19
Boston MA
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Joined Dec 2006
Originally posted by psquared 52
We've done both....standard wines and Silver Spirits. I am not a wine connoisseur by any stretch of the imagination but I think it is worth the cost of upgrading. The standard stuff is only available during meals...not happy hour or after dinner. We looked at the daily cost and figured out what we would imbibe (wines, aperitifs, sodas, etc) and the average cost per day. Upgraded and wouldn't do the standard package again.
I just want to pipe in here and say that Silver Spirits is great if you imbibe spirits; if you do three glasses a day, day in and day out, you will be ahead of the game. Or for those who just want the convenience of getting whatever they want without counting the pennies. However, if you are getting it just for the unlimited soda (which is free at meals and from your mini-bar (except in V cabins)), then you will have to drink 6 glasses of soda a day every day of the cruise to make it worth your while. There is only one drinks package available on board; there is no soft drinks plan.
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#20
Boston
3 Posts
Joined Nov 2017
Originally posted by TyaxGrizzly
We just returned from a Viking Buri Lyon & Provence cruise. We had not pre booked the Silver Spirits Package, and upon trying the house wine on day one we quickly upgraded. We were very glad we did the value was exceptional, a wide variety of wines, and premium beverages. There were very few exceptions that were not included. One thing to note is that once on board we were charged in Euro's vs USD if we had pre booked.

We are currently trying to determine if the value will be there on our 2018 trip Stockholm to Bergen. It seems impossible to get any information on selections of wines available on the Viking Star and their cost per glass.
We took Bergen to London and did not get the Silver Spirits package because my husband does not drink a lot and both cabin mates have to purchase it. We were charged in dollars for our drinks. We are buying the packages on our next ocean cruise. We vastly preferred the premium wines, especially in the paired wine flights for the special dining rooms. I like the spirit tastings in the bar on some afternoons. We both like to order a drink or soda when the mood strikes. I suggest it.