Best New Cruise Ship Bars
Four of our favorite new cruise ship bars and the cocktails that make us love them.
Norwegian Epic has 20 lounges, and the coolest is also the coldest—the 17-degree Svedka Ice Bar. The turquoise-hued Cobalt Blue, a blend of Inniskillin ice wine, Svedka vodka, and curaçao, arrives in a frosty glass.
The Caribbean-themed Red Frog Pub on the Carnival Magic serves up reggae music and the line’s new specialty beer: ThirstyFrog Red, a private-label draft with medium body and a sweet aftertaste.
Celebrity Cruises has gone molecular with its high-tech cocktail menu at Galleria Tastings, the bar aboard all Solstice-class ships. Bartenders use liquid nitrogen to create the Cazarita, a guava-chipotle foam margarita; alcoholic jellies and boozy popsicles will soon be added to the list.
On Cunard’s just-launched Queen Elizabeth, the three lounges offer an elegant take on traditional drinks, including the Wild Hibiscus Royale, a mix of Delamotte Brut NV, hibiscus syrup, mint, and rose water—inspired by a concoction at the Dorchester, in London.