10 Best Coffee Bars at Sea

by John Roberts

10 Best Coffee Bars at Sea

by John Roberts

For decades, cruise ships had a reputation for serving awful coffee. So lines began partnering with top brands in a bid to bring you better brews. Today, many lines serve up worthy espresso (as well as other more elaborate concoctions, and even artisan teas) in really comfortable spaces. (Just be aware that ordering your coffee in these spaces costs you extra on most lines.) Here are the best at-sea spots to enjoy a cup of joe.

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Café al Bacio
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1. Café al Bacio

Found on: Celebrity Cruises

Why It Perks: Friendly baristas welcome you into a comfy setting in the atrium, where you'll enjoy ocean views and complimentary cookies, cakes, and pastries (some even sugar-free) to pair with espressos and coffees from Italian company Lavazza.

Found on: Celebrity Cruises

Why It Perks: Friendly baristas welcome you into a comfy setting in the atrium, where you'll enjoy ocean views and complimentary cookies, cakes, and pastries (some even sugar-free) to pair with espressos and coffees from Italian company Lavazza.

Cafe Promenade
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2. Café Promenade

Found on: Anthem of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas

Why It Perks: Coffee, teas, cappuccinos, and more are available at this full-service java bar. Serving Seattle's Best Coffee blends, the café also offers sandwiches, snacks, and desserts all day and night, so it's ideal for a mid-day nosh or a late-night treat.

Found on: Anthem of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas

Why It Perks: Coffee, teas, cappuccinos, and more are available at this full-service java bar. Serving Seattle's Best Coffee blends, the café also offers sandwiches, snacks, and desserts all day and night, so it's ideal for a mid-day nosh or a late-night treat.

Coffee Cove
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3. Cove Café

Found on: Disney Cruise Line

Why It Perks: This is an adults-only getaway with an indoor/outdoor lounge space where you can indulge in a bit of quiet time surfing the web and sampling baked goods. In addition to coffees and teas, Cove Café serves wines and spirits.

Found on: Disney Cruise Line

Why It Perks: This is an adults-only getaway with an indoor/outdoor lounge space where you can indulge in a bit of quiet time surfing the web and sampling baked goods. In addition to coffees and teas, Cove Café serves wines and spirits.

The Bistro
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4. The Bistro

Found on: Crystal Cruises

Why It Perks: With the feel of a European café, the Bistro is a place to relax with friends over an espresso, latte, coffee, tea, or cappuccino. Light snacks including pastries, cheeses, meats, and fruits are served all day.

Found on: Crystal Cruises

Why It Perks: With the feel of a European café, the Bistro is a place to relax with friends over an espresso, latte, coffee, tea, or cappuccino. Light snacks including pastries, cheeses, meats, and fruits are served all day.

International Cafe
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5. International Café

Found on: Regal Princess and Royal Princess

Why It Perks: This venue, located in the stunningly gorgeous Piazza area, serves sweet treats, sandwiches, panini, and salads. Buy a coffee card to use during your cruise to get premium tea flavors for free.

Found on: Regal Princess and Royal Princess

Why It Perks: This venue, located in the stunningly gorgeous Piazza area, serves sweet treats, sandwiches, panini, and salads. Buy a coffee card to use during your cruise to get premium tea flavors for free.

Segafredo's Caffe Italia
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6. Segafredo's Caffe Italia

Found on: MSC Divina

Why It Perks: Sip strong Italian coffee as you sail through the Caribbean. You may never want to leave these cozy confines once you start sampling items from the chocolate temptation menu, such as white chocolate and caramel coffee frost.

Found on: MSC Divina

Why It Perks: Sip strong Italian coffee as you sail through the Caribbean. You may never want to leave these cozy confines once you start sampling items from the chocolate temptation menu, such as white chocolate and caramel coffee frost.

Explorations Cafe
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7. Explorations Café

Found on: Holland America Line

Why It Perks: Along with offering specialty coffees, espressos, and fresh pastries in a relaxing setting, this venue serves as an internet café where you can check email at computer stations. A partnership with The New York Times gives free access to the paper's online edition. In addition, the café's library has thousands of books available, as well as games and music.

Found on: Holland America Line

Why It Perks: Along with offering specialty coffees, espressos, and fresh pastries in a relaxing setting, this venue serves as an internet café where you can check email at computer stations. A partnership with The New York Times gives free access to the paper's online edition. In addition, the café's library has thousands of books available, as well as games and music.

JavaBlue Café
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8. JavaBlue Café

Found on: Carnival Vista and Carnival Sunshine

Why It Perks: Here you can sample hot and cold coffee creations as well as a selection of desserts. A range of fun flavors to try include spiked Caribbean coffee infused with Appleton rum, or Mexican coffee — a cappuccino with a splash of Patrón tequila.

Found on: Carnival Vista and Carnival Sunshine

Why It Perks: Here you can sample hot and cold coffee creations as well as a selection of desserts. A range of fun flavors to try include spiked Caribbean coffee infused with Appleton rum, or Mexican coffee — a cappuccino with a splash of Patrón tequila.

Seven Seas Voyager's Coffee Connection
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9. Coffee Connection

Found on: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Why It Perks: Swing by to browse the daily newspapers as baristas prepare your morning fuel. Located near the library, this café offers small bites, fruit, and cookies, and also has computer terminals for internet browsing. Try the coffee vanilla, made with Madagascar vanilla spiced with black tea.

Found on: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Why It Perks: Swing by to browse the daily newspapers as baristas prepare your morning fuel. Located near the library, this café offers small bites, fruit, and cookies, and also has computer terminals for internet browsing. Try the coffee vanilla, made with Madagascar vanilla spiced with black tea.

Allure of the Seas' Starbucks
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10. Starbucks at Sea

Found on: Oasis of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, and Allure of the Seas

Why It Perks: In the heart of the Royal Promenade, this kiosk is a one-stop shop for Starbucks devotees to get their daily fill.

Found on: Oasis of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, and Allure of the Seas

Why It Perks: In the heart of the Royal Promenade, this kiosk is a one-stop shop for Starbucks devotees to get their daily fill.

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