Friday, January 7, 2011

Cruise Ships Offering New Drinking Options

Celebrity Cruise Line

Since I just made plans to head off on one of Celebrity’s Wine Cruises on the Millenium (which I will be writing about daily on Wine And Spirits Travel in May), it seems like a good day to take a look at what they cruises are doing to celebrate wine and spirits.   The days of just providing a bar or two with a standard cocktail and beer menu are long over as some lines are coming up with unique ways for passengers to imbibe.

Celebrity’s Millenium isn’t the only one of the fleet into the wine and spirits world.  Their newest ship, the Silhouette, will have modern lounges and specialty restaurants. Michael's Club will offer a selection of unique international beers and the "Cellermasters" program will let passengers learn (and taste) wines from around the world.

Carnival’s Magic, which sets sail for the first time this May, has some new drinking options.  The RedFrog Pub has a Caribbean theme and will not only have lots of frozen cocktails, but it will feature ThirstyFrog Red, a private-label draught beer that’s being brewed especially for the Carnival Magic.  Also on that ship passengers will find the Ocean Plaza. This indoor/outdoor cafĂ© will specialize in martinis and mojitos.

The most unusual spirits offering has to be on the Norwegian Epic.  This mega ship has  an actual ice bar!  NCL has partnered with SVEDKA Vodka and Inniskillin Ice Wine to create this frozen bar (one of only 14 in the world).  It’s a frozen chamber, with tables, stools, bar – just about everything – made out of ice!  It's certainly not the place to go if you want to stay warm, but  signature cocktails include the Northern Lights (SVEDKA Citron, Cointreau and Blue Curacao) and the Nordic Apple Juice (SVEDKA vodka, Sour Apple Schnapps, Midori and a splash of fresh sour).  Seating is limited and there is a cover charge, which includes two drinks.

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