Virgin Voyages Drinks Packages

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When you book a cruise, you’ll usually make a decision about whether to buy an all-inclusive drinks package or pay for your drinks individually.

But how does this work on Virgin Voyages? I was lucky enough to be one of the first people aboard Scarlet Lady, so in this guide, I’ll explain everything you need to know about drinking on a Virgin Voyages cruise.

Does Virgin Voyages offer drink packages?

Unlike most other cruise lines, Virgin Voyages does not offer a drinks package. You will not find any type of all-inclusive drinks deals on a Virgin Voyages cruise. Instead, you can purchase a ‘Bar Tab’ to cover the cost of drinks.

How does Virgin Voyages Bar Tab work?

With the Virgin Voyages Bar Tab, you select how much money you want to add to it. You can then use this to pay for drinks during your cruise. Currently, for every $300 that you add before you depart, Virgin Voyages will top it up with an extra $50.

You can use your Bar Tab at every bar and restaurant on Scarlet Lady, Valiant Lady or Resilient Lady, as well as on Virgin Voyages’ private island, Bimini.

While cruise lines generally don’t let people share drinks packages, you can share a Virgin Voyages Bar Tab. You can just buy one for your cabin and use it to buy drinks for whoever you like.

To start your bar tab, just log in to the Virgin Voyages website and head to the My Account section.

Manor Nightclub  on Scarlet Lady

Virgin Voyages Drink Prices

Since there’s no unlimited drinks package on offer, your next question will probably be ‘how much do drinks cost on Virgin Voyages?’

Well, the good news is that drinks prices are actually pretty reasonable. There’s also a good selection of soft drinks that are free of charge.

Beers such as Heinken, Amstel Light, Narragansett and Kalik are all about $5-$6. Basic gin, rum and whisky cocktails are about $9. Wine prices vary of course, but there’s a good selection available for under $10.

This luxury cruise line’s signature drink is Champagne, which is available for just $9 a glass. If you’re feeling fancy, vintage Champagne can cost anywhere up to $1,000 a bottle.

Tips are included in all drinks prices on Virgin Voyages so the price you see on the menu is the price you pay.

What drinks are included on Virgin Voyages?

Virgin Voyages offer ‘basic bevvies’ for free. The included drinks are:

  • Filtered still and sparkling water
  • Fruit juices (not pressed)
  • Fizzy drinks and sodas
  • Teas and drip coffees
self service free drinks machine on Scarlet Lady

Virgin Voyages Drink Menus

Here’s what you can expect to see on the drinks menus on Scarlet Lady, Valiant Lady and Resilient Lady…

  • Draught Beer (12oz) – $5 to $8
  • Draught Beer (54oz) – $19 to $29
  • Can of Beer – $5 to $11
  • Spirit (single) – $5 to $25
  • Spirit (half bottle) – $45 to $55
  • Cocktails – $12 to $17
  • Bottle of Beer – $5 to $15
  • Glass of Wine – $7 to $22
  • Bottle of Wine – $28 to $1445
  • Glass of Champage – $11 to $65
  • Bottle of Champagne – $48 to $445
  • Shots – $7 to $15
  • Red Bull – $5
  • Specialty Coffee – $3 to $5
  • Specialty Tea – $5
  • Hot Chocolate – $4

Virgin Voyages Mini Bar Menu

The Virgin Voyages mini-bar menu includes not only beers, wines and cocktails, but also a sleep kit and an intimacy kit for when things get steamy!

Virgin Voyages Mini Bar Menu

Shake for Champagne

Champagne drinking is positively encouraged on-board Virgin Voyages’ glamorous ships. So much so, that the Virgin Voyages ‘Sailor app’ includes a ‘Shake for Champagne’ feature.

All you need to do is shake your phone to reveal the secret Champagne delivery button and a bottle of Möet will be delivered to your location anywhere on the ship.

It’s never too early for champagne and there’s always something to toast to while aboard Scarlet Lady. We want our Sailors to enjoy a glamorous holiday and what better way to feel like a RockStar than a sip of bubbly whenever and wherever you want it.

Tom Mcalpin, CEO of Virgin Voyages

Can you bring your own drinks on Virgin Voyages?

Guests on Virgin Voyages cruises are allowed to bring two 750ml bottles of wine per cabin. You can’t bring any other alcohol such as beer or spirits, and the wine must be in your carry-on bag, not in your checked luggage.

You can also bring water or soft drinks on board if you wish, however, you really don’t need to as these are included in your cruise fare.

Virgin Voyages has banned single-use plastics from its ships. So, if you must bring your own water or soft drinks, steer clear of plastic bottles and opt for cans or cartons.

Virgin Voyages Drinking Age

Virgin Voyages allows guests aged 18 or over to drink alcohol at sea. However, most guests will be aged 21 or over as people aged 18, 19 or 20 have to meet certain criteria to be allowed to cruise with Virgin Voyages.

In order to be allowed to board a Virgin Voyages ship, those aged 18-20 have to meet one of the following ‘under 21 adult criteria’:

  • Choose a cruise which departs from a port outside of the USA
  • Share a cabin with someone over 21 who will be legally responsible
  • Be married to another guest
  • Be an active member of the military

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8 thoughts on “Virgin Voyages Drinks Packages”

  1. Question: Is the prepaid bar tab for the cabin or the individual? Wondering if my wife and I can use the same tab. Thank You

    • Hi Frederick. Yes, you can use the same one. When you buy a bar tab you can use it to buy drinks for yourself, your wife, or anyone else that you like. Jenni

  2. How do you add the bar-tab?

    • Hi Nicholas. You can either call your travel agent or if you booked directly with Virgin Voyages you can call them to set it up. Jenni

  3. Question: Can a guest bring a flavored creamer for their coffee on board Virgin Voyages-Scarlet Lady? If so, what kind of container would be required?

    • Hi Cheryl. I can’t see this being a problem as you’re allowed to bring non-alcoholic drinks with you. This is from the Virgin Voyages FAQs: “Outside water or soft drinks in boxes and cans are permitted in hand luggage only. There won’t be unnecessary single-use plastics, including straws, water bottles, shopping bags, food packaging, stirrers and takeaway cups shipwide. Unlimited sparkling water, non-pressed juices, soda, sachet tea and drip coffee will be included.”

  4. Love the pool picture topped with water now! I think our solo travel group will love it on Halloween!

    • I’m sure you will! Have a great cruise!

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