On a cruise ship, sipping a cocktail can be an event. Several cruise lines now offer some of the most inventive cocktails and bars found not only at sea, but anywhere on earth.
At the Bionic Bar on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Class ships, the bartenders won’t listen to your stories, but they will mix your drinks with precision. That’s because they’re robots, of the type originally developed to manufacture cars. You’ll order on a smart tablet, then watch as the robots pull bottles from an array hanging from the ceiling, add mixers, and stir or shake. Every now and then, they pause to dance or display a cheeky pick-up line on the bar’s digital screens.
If you like your drinks icy, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Epic, Escape and Getaway feature the wonderfully Arctic SVEDKA and Inniskillin Ice Bar, kept at a frosty 17 degrees. The bar, the seating, and the glassware are all made of ice. You’ll be provided with a cozy parka and gloves for your time in the bar, where you can choose from tropically named cocktails (such as the Carmen Miranda or the Blue Caribbean).
Several Celebrity Cruises ships feature the World Class Bar, where craft cocktails are blended using unique mixology rituals performed by skilled bartenders. For example, order a Mystic Ketel One and watch as the bartender cools a mixture of strawberries, pineapple, aloe vera, lime juice, ginger liqueur and vodka in a special kettle, releasing a mysterious and delicious vapor.
To satisfy the chocoholic in you, Princess Cruises’ fleetwide Chocolate Journeys program includes special cocktails that combine the taste of chocolate treats with a cocktail kick. Try the Dirty Piglet (bourbon and vanilla ice cream, topped with chocolate-dipped crispy bacon), a Black Forest Shooter (layers of bourbon, Tia Maria and Cherry Heering) or Ebony and Ivory (twin glasses of tea- and chocolate-infused champagne, in perfect harmony).
To select a cruise where you can indulge in some cocktail adventures, talk with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.