Best New Cruise Ship Bars
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.