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New Sip and Savor Menu Introduced on Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages introduces Sip and Savor menu across five main restaurants, enhancing dining with paired dishes and drinks, for a nominal fee.

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Virgin Voyages is set to launch an enticing new addition to its culinary offerings: the Sip and Savor menu. This new option, available across five of the main restaurants onboard, promises to elevate the dining experience by pairing delectable dishes with perfectly curated beverages. Look out for this option over the coming weeks fleet wide.

What to Expect

Inspired by the success of the wine pairing menu at The Test Kitchen. The Sip and Savor menu aims to offer sailors a balanced combination of flavors and beverages to enhance their dining experience.

It’s important to note that the food items paired on the menu are already included with your fare. Moreover, for those with dietary requirements, substitutions should be available.

Sip and Savor Menu Pricing

The Sip and Savor menu joining the Test Kitchen wine pairing option will be available at the following venues:

Sip and Savor Menus

Gunbae

First Round:

• Relish the Rich Sahoe: Lemon-infused Chamisul Fresh, Aviation Gin, Sparkling Wine

Choose between:

• Bindae-Tteok (VV): Kimchi & Mung Bean Pancake

• Dakgangjeong: Forever Crispy Chicken, Pickled Daikon, Chili Sauce

Second Round:

Pick either drink:

Smash It: Tokki Black Label, Ginger, Citrus, Shiso Leaf

Lucky #7: Jinro Plum, Bulleit Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Dash of Orange Bitters

On the Grill:

• Boesut Yache Modum (VV) (GF): Assorted Mushrooms & Seasonal Vegetable Combo

• Kalbi Samgyeopsal Saewoo Modum* (GF): Chef’s Combo: Short Ribs, Pork Belly, Shrimp

Third Round:

Soju: Ilpoom Jinro (20z), The Whiskey of Sojus

• Indulge in Mango & Matcha Green Tea Soft Serve

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Razzle Dazzle

To Start:

Begin with Villa Sandi Sparkling Rosé paired with Sailor’s Choice:

  • King Trumpet Carpaccio (VV) (GF)
  • Pork Belly (GF)

Next:

Choose between Nauti Nectar (Aperol, Strawberry, MEP Tangerine, Mermaid Tears) or The Old Sport (Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Angostura & Orange Bitters, Scotch Spritz) paired with Sailor’s Choice:

  • Nashville Hot Cauliflower (VV)
  • Napa Cabbage Wrapped Snapper
  • Short Rib Pastrami

Finally:

Sip on Sweet Talk (Absolut Vanilia, Limoncello, Licor 43, Chamomile, Yogurt Flip, Lemon) paired with Rum Apple Cake

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Extra Virgin

To Start:

Begin with an Aperol Spritz and choose between:

  • Crispy Artichoke (V)
  • Braised Mini Meatballs

Next Up:

Select either Attems Sauvignon Blanc or Terre More Cabernet Sauvignon and pair with:

  • Grilled Mediterranean Sea Bass (GF)
  • Porcini-Rubbed New York Strip
  • Eggplant Parmigiana (VV)(GF)

Finally:

• Savor Molinari Sambuca paired with Ricotta Bomboloni (V)

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Pink Agave

First Up:

Indulge in your choice of cocktails:

Margarita: Tequila, Triple Sec, Agave, Lime

Loca Flaca: Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Cointreau, Agave, Scorpion Salt

Choice of Small Plates:

• Guacamole (VV): Pomegranate Seeds, Jalapeño, Totopos

• Aguachile (GF): Tuna, Avocado, Jicama

Choice of Medium Plates:

• Chayote Yucateco (VV) (GF): Mexican Squash, Habanero Pepper, Baby Carrots

• Papas con Chorizo: Yukon Gold Potatoes, Onion, Garlic

Large Plates:

Enjoy another Margarita or Loca Flaca with:

  • Relleno Vegano (VV) (GF): Russet Potato and Roasted Corn Stuffed Poblano Pepper
  • Pescado (GF): Grilled Striped Bass, Mole Verde, Salsa de Xoconostle
  • Bistec Marinero en Escabeche*: Ribeye Steak, Oaxaca Cheese, Chile Ancho

Desserts:

Sip on Spiked Coconut Aqua Fresca and decide between:

  • Tamal de Chocolate (VV) (GF): Chocolate Masa, Mexican Chocolate, Fruit Salsa
  • Tacos de Chocolate: Mexican Chocolate, Canela, Dulce de Leche

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The Wake

Kickoff:

Start with a Glass of Moët & Chandon Imperial accompanied by:

  • Corn Custard & Black Bean Salad (V)
  • Hamachi Crudo

Main Event:

Select between a glass of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc or Bonanza Cabernet Sauvignon paired with:

  • Crispy Polenta (VV) (GF)
  • Salt-Baked Dorade
  • New York Strip

Sweet Finish:

Enjoy a Glass of Croft Tawny Port served with:

  • The Wake (V)
  •  Coconut ‘Panna Cotta’ (VV) (GF)

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Note: Availability is subject to change. If you notice any changes please let us know via our contact form

Use your Bar Tab

One of the highlights of the Sip and Savor menu is its compatibility with the onboard Bar Tab. This means sailors can use their prepaid Bar Tabs to enjoy these tantalizing drink pairings, maximizing the value of your Bar Tab. Plus, purchasing Bar Tabs in advance of your sailing can unlock additional bonus values, adding to the savings of this pairing option.

Conclusion

While some may view the introduction of the Sip and Savor menu as another opportunity for upselling, it’s important to recognize the value it offers to sailors. With potential cost savings of up to $15 on select pairings, this new offering provides an affordable way to enhance your dining experience and indulge in culinary delights.

So, whether you’re a food enthusiast or simply looking to elevate your cruise experience, the Sip and Savor menu on Virgin Voyages promises to be a dinner journey worth embarking on.

About the author

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12 Comments

  1. Dorothy Taylor says:

    They say not up selling.. but it actually is… getting passengers to spend more on drinks per meal than they probably would have. Usually a glass of wine is what most have. In actuality their advertising of everything is paid for in their commercials is false. There are so many things you have to pay for on board… sure it enhances your experience but it hits your pocketbook a lot. Do not expect to have a VV cruise and not spend anything when on board! Just one persons opinion. Lol

  2. Leah says:

    Is there a start date for the sip and savor menu

    1. VV Insider says:

      Should be soon on Scarlet and Valiant. Resilient likely when she reaches Europe.

      1. Jill Aker-Ray says:

        Be careful VV, to not become like the mainstream “upselling” cruise lines. As a personal chef and wine lover, I appreciate the enhancements but as a one time VC cruiser, I fell in love with not being upsold for a week. Keep hold of your brand and differences which I found refreshing!

        1. VV Insider says:

          Very true, think of these more as pairings than actual menus given the food is all the same as the included menu !

  3. Lissette Acevedo says:

    Is splash of romance worth it? I’m not eligible for the loyalty club and this would be my second vv sailing (although that would be nice for return sailors 🙁 )
    I’ll have about $700 -$800 onboard credit for a 4 night cruise to key west

  4. Joi says:

    Any tips for first time cruisers who do not pay for priority boarding? 😫

    1. VV Insider says:

      Pick your time as soon as possible. It’s open at booking. More info on boarding the ship early can be found here

  5. Jeff V. says:

    Do you know if you are limited to only the food in the offer or can you add on to it. For example can you get the esquites as an additional small plate at pink agave?

    1. VV Insider says:

      Hi Jeff. You can continue to order from the menu as normal as it is included these are more suggested pairings for the specific drinks.

  6. Arlene Radson Marcusky says:

    Keep informed.

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