All Inclusive Photo Project drinks at the iconic Magic Carpet on Celebrity Edge
All Inclusive Photo Project drinks at the iconic Magic Carpet on Celebrity Edge

One of the best bars on cruise ships are extra than simply locations to drink. They’re locations with environment and perspective — plus artistic approaches to sipping.

You might have your drink ready by a robotic or by a human in a chamber saved at 17 levels Fahrenheit, in a bar that levitates or whilst you “journey” by hyperspace.

Whether or not you’re a fan of the proper martini or craft beer or in search of mixologists who concoct molecular cocktails that sizzle or smoke, try these cruise ship bar favorites.

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Fortune Teller

Completely on Carnival Cruise Line’s 5,200-passenger Mardi Gras, the Fortune Teller stands out for its cool New Orleans vibe. It’s positioned within the huge ship’s French Quarter (the place Chef Emeril Lagasse additionally has his first seagoing bistro) and options artistic drinks, Victorian decor and a voodoo attract. Drinks change shade, smoke or in any other case impress. The Crystal Ball comes topped with a hazy orb the place it’s possible you’ll or might not see your future after consuming the concoction of Herradura Silver Tequila, Inexperienced Chartreuse, agave nectar and lime.

Rising Tide Bar

Rising Tide Bar on the Royal Promenade. ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINE

On Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships, this widespread bar strikes easily up and down three decks on a gradual, 20-minute journey. There are seats for 32 imbibers who sip as they journey between the bustling Royal Promenade and tree-lined Central Park. The favored drink: A Kir Royale (creme de cassis and champagne). You should be not less than 21 to take a journey on this elevator.

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SKYY Vodka Ice Bar

Who doesn’t wish to placed on a parka within the Caribbean? On choose Norwegian Cruise Line ships, you’ll wish to bundle up for this icy bar, positioned in a chamber at all times saved at 17 levels Fahrenheit and embellished with ice sculptures and funky shade lights. Bartenders serve vodka drinks on ice and in ice glasses. You even sit on ice.

Bionic Bar


Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class ships, in addition to the Oasis-class Concord of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas, take drink-making out of the palms of human bartenders and places it into the palms, or somewhat robotic arms, of machines. The robots, with names similar to Sock’Em and Rock’Em, can’t make each drink within the guide, however they will shake up a signature Bionic Tea (suppose: Lengthy Island Iced Tea), sliding it to you throughout a bar prime. You order your choices by speaking through a smartpad. George Jetson can be impressed.

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Alchemy Bar

A well-liked fixture on most Carnival ships, this bar is themed on a pharmacy — full with apothecary jars — and helmed by specifically skilled bartenders sporting lab coats who’re able to remedy what ails you. You order on a prescription pad, and whereas there’s a enjoyable menu, with classes similar to Energizing Elixirs and Ardour Parts, it’s additionally a deal with to only test off a few of your favourite flavors and see what the bartenders “prescribe” for you.

Sugarcane Mojito Bar


On Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway- and Breakaway-plus ships, try this Havana-themed venue with indoor and outside seating and reside Latin-Cuban music. Watch the solar go down from the alfresco promenade whereas sipping uncommon mojitos similar to Spicy Ardour, Pineapple Coconut and Raspberry Guava. For those who can’t determine, go together with a flight combining candy and savory choices.

Blue Eye Lounge

You won’t anticipate one of many coolest bar decisions at sea to be on a small ship, however that’s the case on French line Ponant’s Explorer-class, 184-passenger Le Laperouse and its 4 sister ships. The multi-sensory lounge is under the water line and has two enormous, whale eye-shaped portals for watching the ocean. The darkish area makes you’re feeling like you might be inside a whale, besides it is embellished with swanky “physique listening” couches that lightly vibrate to undersea acoustics. It’s eerie, fancy and fabulous. Order a martini and fake you’re James Bond.

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Man’s Pig & Anchor Brewhouses

On Carnival Horizon, Carnival Panorama, Mardi Gras and the brand new Carnival Celebration (which debuts this fall) you’ll be able to sip Carnival’s unique Parched Pig craft brews made by a brewmaster on every ship. There’s a smoked porter, farmhouse ale and hoppy IPA, amongst choices. Go together with a flight. As if that’s not cool sufficient, it’s also possible to do brewery excursions plus dive into hickory-smoked barbecue choices from Meals Community star Man Fieri. The RedFrog Pub and Brewery on Carnival Vista has the beers too, however with pub grub.

Star Wars Hyperspace Lounge


Dwell out Star Wars fantasies on this cozy bar on the brand new 4,000-passenger Disney Want. The door whooshes as you enter and the bar is styled like a luxurious area yacht, prepared to leap between galaxies — which it does because of projections of outer area on “digital” home windows and a top-rate, rumbling sound system. Order up Coruscant The Chancellor, a cognac cocktail “loved by the senate elite members.”

Golden Lion Pub

On Cunard ships, together with the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner, the Golden Lion replicates an actual British pub, from the darkish wooden, leather-based banquettes and stools to the darts tournaments and pub quizzes. Pattern a big selection of beers and ales, together with three craft beers from award-winning UK micro-brewery Darkish Revolution. Or go together with a conventional Pimm’s Cup (made with a gin-based liquor, recent fruit and ginger ale). The pub grub menu options fish ‘n’ chips and bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potatoes).

Scenic Bar

The comfy Scenic Lounge can be house to a bar that serves 130 various kinds of whiskey. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Positioned in the principle lounge on the 228-passenger Scenic Eclipse, this bar boasts greater than 110 bottles of whisky on the wall, all in a floor-to-ceiling showcase backlit for dramatic impact. Among the many golden-brown liquids you’ll discover single malts similar to a 25-year-old Glendullan, a 30-year-old Jura The Loch and a 16-year-old Lagavulin. Huge-name, super-premium blends are nicely represented in a set that gathers bottles from all over the world, together with from Australia, Japan, France, India, Taiwan, South Africa, the U.S., Scotland, Eire and Sweden. Drinks are included within the cruise fare.

Tamarind Bar

Shhh, this is among the greatest saved secrets and techniques on 5 Holland America ships. The Tamarind Bar, subsequent to the first-rate, Asian-fusion Tamarind restaurant, is completed up in fashionable, Asian-inspired decor, with panoramic views and stylish cocktails with artistic elements. It’s the proper place to look at the solar set whereas sipping, as an illustration, a Far East Legacy made with Absolut Mandarin, Asian Pear sake, St. Germaine liqueur, Cointreau and peach puree.

Martini Bar & Crush

Celeb Past atrium that includes the Martini Bar. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

On most Celeb Cruises ships, the favored Martini Bars are elegant, tucked-away areas that includes a set of uncommon vodkas (and the choice of caviar, too) served from an ice-topped bar. The bartenders do extra than simply pour the drinks — they entertain like within the Tom Cruise film “Cocktail,” flipping and juggling cocktail shakers and pouring a number of drinks directly from a stack of shakers. On the Edge-class ships, the motion strikes to the Grand Plaza, beneath a wide ranging, color-changing, three-deck-high gentle fixture. Go together with a unclean martini or a Candied Apple, with Grey Goose, apple schnapps, pomegranate juice and butterscotch schnapps.

Good Spirits At Sea

Each cocktail at this Princess Cruises bar comes with a narrative, created in partnership with the TV sequence Good Spirits. Drinks are comprised of liquor and different elements gathered from all over the world, together with farm recent, native elements from cruising locations. A mixologist does the making ready whereas giving detailed explanations. Get close-up views of the drink-making on a video display screen behind the bar, discovered on choose Princess Cruises ships. Pattern a Grappa Peach and study its origins in Uruguay or a Bangkok Mule, made with whiskey, ginger and lemongrass.

Metropolitan Bar

On Norwegian Cruise Line’s new 3,099-passenger Norwegian Prima, this sustainability-focused bar focuses on hand-crafted, zero-waste cocktails. The concept is to mix surplus elements with sustainable spirits in artistic methods. The signature Primadonna, a tackle an Previous Usual, is made with surplus banana peels and Flor De Cana rum, which is produced with 100% renewable vitality. There’s additionally a line of responsibly sourced botanical gins and 20 biodynamic wines (produced through natural farming strategies).

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