Drinks & Bar Tab Onboard Virgin Voyages
If you’re planning a cruise with Virgin Voyages, you might be wondering if the cruise line offers a drink package. In this blog post, we’ll give you all the details on Virgin Voyages’ drink packages, including what’s included and how much it costs. So read on for everything you need to know about drinks onboard Virgin Voyages.
Is there a Virgin Voyages drinks package?
Well, no. But they do offer something even better! Instead of pre-paid packages and limited choices, Virgin Voyages offers their Sailors a “Bar Tab” to use onboard. Read on to find out why there isn’t an all-inclusive drinks package onboard and what drinks are included.
Why doesn’t Virgin Voyages offer a drinks package?
Virgin did a lot of research with Sailors to understand what was important to them in terms of inclusions, to create high quality, high value & experience. Most people are looking for an excellent, yet reasonably priced selection of cocktails, wine, and beer. They don’t want to pay inflated prices designed to support all-inclusive alcohol or unlimited package options. People don’t want their money going towards subsidising the drinking habits of others through higher price tags associated with all-encompassing packages or alcohol options either. Instead, they are looking for quality drinks at sensible rates without feeling a “sticker shock” every time they buy one. We’ve all seen those people at the bar in an all-inclusive hotel getting drunk all day just because it’s “free” (nothing is free, you’ve paid for it somewhere).
They also found it was unfair to make everyone in same cabin purchase the same drinks package which is quite common with other cruise lines. If you have someone who is tee-total, they’re forced to have an all-inclusive drinks package because their partner wants one.
What drinks are included on a Virgin Voyage?
Compared to a lot of other cruise lines, Virgin Voyages offers a great range of basic drinks all part of your cruise. Soda, still & sparkling water are all included which you’d usually need to buy a soft drinks package on most other cruise lines. It’s great that you don’t have to pay extra to stay hydrated – your skin will thank you too!
Does that mean drinks are expensive onboard?
Virgin have priced their drinks around the same or lower than going to a decent bar or restaurant in somewhere like New York, Paris or London. Around $5-6 for a beer, $9-11 for a cocktail and nearly half their wines are under $10 for a glass.
Do I have to pay tips on top for my drinks too?
One of our favourite things about Virgin (and there’s a lot to choose from) is there are no tips or gratuities to subsidise the wages of the crew. Virgin pay them a decent living wage so there’s no need or expectation to tip. This means that a drink that’s $8, is actually $8 without an 18% service charge on top. Depending on where you’re sailing, there may be a local tax to pay on top though.
What is a Virgin Voyages Bar Tab?
A bar tab allows our Sailors to order whatever drinks they feel like ordering – no restrictions or limitations! Plus, you can use your bar tab as many times as you want during your voyage, no need to worry about running out of drinks before the end of your trip.
And that’s not all! As Richard Branson says: “Life should be extraordinary. And so should a cruise with Virgin Voyages. That’s why we go above and beyond to make sure you experience something totally different when you sail with us.” Onboard, Virgin Voyages offers a range of unique cocktails and drinks crafted by our talented bartenders. So there is no need for an all-inclusive drinks package – let your imagination run wild as you explore the diverse selection of flavours.
Should I go on a Virgin Voyage?
Cruising with Virgin Voyages is an extraordinary experience, and it’s made even better by the fact that you don’t have to purchase an all-inclusive drinks package. Instead, you can enjoy a selection of cocktails, wines, beers and other beverages crafted by talented bartenders without worrying about running out before the end of your voyage. With a Virgin Voyages Bar Tab, you have freedom to order whatever takes your fancy – no restrictions or limitations!
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