7 of the Best Cruise Ship Bars

Posted December 30th, 2015

Whether you’re after a drink with a view or a cosy evening nightcap, cruise ships are home to some of the best and most unique bar experiences. From relaxing piano lounges to rising ‘elevator’ bars and drinks served with a performance, here are 7 of the most unique and interesting bars found at sea.

1. Carnival’s Alchemy Bar

Settle into this vintage-themed ‘bar-macy’ as the bartender hands you a prescription pad listing colourful cocktails and smooth rums as your treatment for the evening. At Carnival Cruise Lines’ Alchemy Bar, guests are encouraged to design their own concoctions with the assistance of experienced mixologists. Choose from a range of infused vodkas, fresh herbs and essential oils, before finishing off with an orange-peel flame to ward off any other ailments for the evening.

2. Celebrity's Martini Bar & Crush

Celebrity Cruises’ ice blue bar is all about elegance and class with guests relaxing in booths, lounges and high-backed chairs, sipping an array of classic and contemporary cocktails. Expect an evening of bartending prowess at Martini Bar and Crush where the martinis aren’t just simply shaken or stirred – they’re prepared with a performance.

3. Norwegian's Svedka Ice Bar

Norwegian Cruise Line has partnered with Swedish vodka brand SVEDKA to bring its passengers a unique bar experience. The Svedka Ice Bar found on Norwegian Epic is a chilly -8 degrees Celsius and is made completely out of ice bricks, from the bar, tables, and stools to even the glassware. Wrap yourself up in a hooded fur and sip on vodka cocktails or Inniskillin ice wines as the frozen bar glows blue, green and purple hues, simulating the Northern Lights.

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4. Celebrity's Sunset Bar

Aptly named for some of the ship’s best sunset views, Celebrity Cruises’ Sunset Bar is located aft on the highest deck of the ship. Carefully designed to minimise obstructions like railings, and built with clear panes of glass, the Sunset Bar offers remarkable views over the sea. Its casual garden party vibe, thanks to the Lawn Club nearby, makes this bar a popular spot for an afternoon sundowner.

5. Royal Caribbean’s Rising Tide Bar

Rise slowly between deck 5 and deck 8 on Royal Caribbean’s Rising Tide Bar, found on both Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. This 32-seat cocktail bar gently climbs 10 metres high as you sip on their signature cocktail: a blue lychee martini.

6. Cunard's Golden Lion Pub

Afternoon darts, late-night karaoke, Pimms cups and ales on tap make Cunard Cruise Line’s Golden Lion Pub a familiar corner of comfort. Join in on a Quiz night, relax to the sounds of a live piano, or hold out for a live sports broadcast of the cricket or soccer. Order a cut of your favourite prime meat along with the ship’s best lager or indulge in a hot Shepherd’s Pie, the ultimate comfort food.

7. Oceania’s Martinis Lounge

If a sophisticated evening beverage is more your style, saunter over to Oceania Cruises’ Martinis Lounge. A suave piano lounge and cocktail bar with swanky royal red carpets and golden trims, Martinis is fitted out with satiny sofas and smooth couches and is perfect for idle conversations over a classy drink.
Like the sound of sipping cocktails at sea? Call 1300 954 661 to chat to one of our friendly consultants or to book your next bar-hopping cruise adventure.

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