Top 10 Cocktails at Sea

by Dana McMahan

Top 10 Cocktails at Sea

by Dana McMahan

What's a cruise without a cocktail in hand? While you can still order up your old standby, onboard bars are boosting their selections with creative, expertly made drinks worth exploring. Here are some of our favorites:

10
Drinks at the Commodore Club on the QM2 / Cunard Line
Skyline Bar on Disney Dream
1 of 10
Zen-Chanted at Skyline Bar

Line: Disney Cruise Line 
Order Up: Containing soy-based 3 Vodka along with Zen Green Tea Liqueur, Cointreau, and lime and guava juices, with a sugared rim, the Zen-Chanted cocktail is decadent but also vegetarian and free of carbs and gluten. (It comes in a souvenir glow cube.)
Where: This gorgeous bar on Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy is sexy enough to make you forget that most of the other spaces on board are ... filled with children.

Line: Disney Cruise Line 
Order Up: Containing soy-based 3 Vodka along with Zen Green Tea Liqueur, Cointreau, and lime and guava juices, with a sugared rim, the Zen-Chanted cocktail is decadent but also vegetarian and free of carbs and gluten. (It comes in a souvenir glow cube.)
Where: This gorgeous bar on Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy is sexy enough to make you forget that most of the other spaces on board are ... filled with children.

Deal Closer (center) at Alchemy on the Carnival Liberty
2 of 10
The Deal Closer at Alchemy Bar

Line: Carnival Cruise Line
Order Up: The Deal Closer combines vanilla vodka, amaretto, Baileys Irish cream, and dark crème de cacao for a sweet after-dinner treat.
Where: At this vintage pharmacy-themed lounge, located on most of the line's ships, the "passion potions" are swoon-worthy concoctions. 

Line: Carnival Cruise Line
Order Up: The Deal Closer combines vanilla vodka, amaretto, Baileys Irish cream, and dark crème de cacao for a sweet after-dinner treat.
Where: At this vintage pharmacy-themed lounge, located on most of the line's ships, the "passion potions" are swoon-worthy concoctions. 

Mystic Ketel One at the Celebrity Solstice's World Class Bar
3 of 10
Mystic Ketel One at World Class Bar

Line: Celebrity Cruises
Order Up: The Mystic Ketel One is served in a specially designed kettle that releases a "mystical" vapor as it chills the mixture of Ketel One vodka, strawberries and pineapple, aloe vera, lime juice, and ginger liqueur.
Where: This new bar replaces the line's beloved Molecular Bar on all Solstice-class ships, and takes craft cocktails to the next level with clever combinations and interesting flavors.

Line: Celebrity Cruises
Order Up: The Mystic Ketel One is served in a specially designed kettle that releases a "mystical" vapor as it chills the mixture of Ketel One vodka, strawberries and pineapple, aloe vera, lime juice, and ginger liqueur.
Where: This new bar replaces the line's beloved Molecular Bar on all Solstice-class ships, and takes craft cocktails to the next level with clever combinations and interesting flavors.

Commodore Club on the Queen Mary 2
4 of 10
Transatlantic Love Affair at Commodore Club

Line: Cunard Line
Order Up: The gin-based Transatlantic Love Affair combines o
rganic Liverpool Gin, lime, and a bourbon mist for a sophisticated drink.
Where: When you have a five- or seven-day crossing with no ports in sight, having a cocktail bar that mixes carefully concocted libations becomes even more important. Fortunately, this handsome lounge doesn't disappoint.

Line: Cunard Line
Order Up: The gin-based Transatlantic Love Affair combines o
rganic Liverpool Gin, lime, and a bourbon mist for a sophisticated drink.
Where: When you have a five- or seven-day crossing with no ports in sight, having a cocktail bar that mixes carefully concocted libations becomes even more important. Fortunately, this handsome lounge doesn't disappoint.

Mix Lounge on the Maasdam
5 of 10
Wang Wang at Mix Lounge

Line: Holland America
Order Up: If you like a little bit of everything in your cocktail, look for the Wang Wang, a mixture of seven spirits ranging from bourbon to tequila to vodka, along with orange and pineapple juices and a dash of grenadine. This goes down way too easily; don't say we didn't warn you!
Where: Pick a bar, any bar: This cocktail is available fleetwide, but we like the Mix Lounge on the Maasdam.

Line: Holland America
Order Up: If you like a little bit of everything in your cocktail, look for the Wang Wang, a mixture of seven spirits ranging from bourbon to tequila to vodka, along with orange and pineapple juices and a dash of grenadine. This goes down way too easily; don't say we didn't warn you!
Where: Pick a bar, any bar: This cocktail is available fleetwide, but we like the Mix Lounge on the Maasdam.

BlueIguana Tequila Bar on the Carnival Conquest
6 of 10
Patrón Margarita at BlueIguana Tequila Bar

Line: Carnival Cruise Line
Order Up: Do it up right with the pitcher-size Patrón Margarita, designed for sharing and made with Patrón Silver Tequila, Patrón Citrónge, and lime juice.
Where: This festive poolside bar, on most of the line's ships, is the best place for frozen drinks on board. Come for the tequila selection and stay for the house-made tortilla chips and the bar of fresh salsas. 

Line: Carnival Cruise Line
Order Up: Do it up right with the pitcher-size Patrón Margarita, designed for sharing and made with Patrón Silver Tequila, Patrón Citrónge, and lime juice.
Where: This festive poolside bar, on most of the line's ships, is the best place for frozen drinks on board. Come for the tequila selection and stay for the house-made tortilla chips and the bar of fresh salsas. 

Actor Ted Lange makes The Isaac on the Crown Princess
7 of 10
The Isaac at Mermaid's Tail

Line: Princess Cruises
Order Up: Toast to the legendary TV cruise bartender Isaac Washington of "The Love Boat." The Isaac celebrates Princess's 50th
 anniversary and honors the iconic, red jacket-clad bartender with a rum drink concocted by Actor Ted Lange. Brightened with fresh lime juice, pomegranate syrup, and soda, the Isaac is served on the rocks in a tall glass garnished with pineapple leaves and a lime, best enjoyed poolside.
Where: Kick back poolside at the casual Mermaid's Tail, on the Lido Deck of most Princess ships. 

Line: Princess Cruises
Order Up: Toast to the legendary TV cruise bartender Isaac Washington of "The Love Boat." The Isaac celebrates Princess's 50th
 anniversary and honors the iconic, red jacket-clad bartender with a rum drink concocted by Actor Ted Lange. Brightened with fresh lime juice, pomegranate syrup, and soda, the Isaac is served on the rocks in a tall glass garnished with pineapple leaves and a lime, best enjoyed poolside.
Where: Kick back poolside at the casual Mermaid's Tail, on the Lido Deck of most Princess ships. 

Princess Cruises' Bourbon Bacon Bliss
8 of 10
Bacon Bourbon Bliss at Wheelhouse Bar

Line: Princess Cruises
Order Up: 
Bourbon and bacon and chocolate, oh my! Starring on Princess's new Chocolate Journeys line is a Bacon Bourbon Bliss. If the name alone isn't reason enough to order, behold: Bourbon and vanilla ice cream are crowned with chocolate-dipped bacon. 
Where: Settle into the nautical atmosphere of the Wheelhouse — found across the fleet — and take in some live piano tunes with your cocktail.

Line: Princess Cruises
Order Up: 
Bourbon and bacon and chocolate, oh my! Starring on Princess's new Chocolate Journeys line is a Bacon Bourbon Bliss. If the name alone isn't reason enough to order, behold: Bourbon and vanilla ice cream are crowned with chocolate-dipped bacon. 
Where: Settle into the nautical atmosphere of the Wheelhouse — found across the fleet — and take in some live piano tunes with your cocktail.

Waves Pool Bar on the Norwegian Epic
9 of 10
The Rebellious Fish at Waves

Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
Order Up: Drinks by the bowl, anyone? The colorful Rebellious Fish, served in an honest-to-goodness fishbowl poolside, features passion fruit liqueur, orange vodka, triple sec, and orange juice mixed with prosecco and garnished with berries.
Where: This cocktail — for serious punch-lovers only — is available at pool bars across the fleet.

Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
Order Up: Drinks by the bowl, anyone? The colorful Rebellious Fish, served in an honest-to-goodness fishbowl poolside, features passion fruit liqueur, orange vodka, triple sec, and orange juice mixed with prosecco and garnished with berries.
Where: This cocktail — for serious punch-lovers only — is available at pool bars across the fleet.

Boleros on the Oasis of the Seas
10 of 10
The French Royale at Boleros

Line: Royal Caribbean International
Order Up: Award-winning Bartender Shekhar Grover dreamed up the celebrated French Royale. The elegant drink begins with fresh grapes muddled with lime juice and simple syrup, and then is topped with CÎROC vodka, dessert wine, and crème de cassis. Shaken and served in a chilled martini glass garnished with a cassis-infused black grape, it's almost too pretty to drink.
Where: Cha-cha-cha your way to Boleros, the Latin-themed lounge on Oasis of the Seas, where you can order from the drink's very creator.

Line: Royal Caribbean International
Order Up: Award-winning Bartender Shekhar Grover dreamed up the celebrated French Royale. The elegant drink begins with fresh grapes muddled with lime juice and simple syrup, and then is topped with CÎROC vodka, dessert wine, and crème de cassis. Shaken and served in a chilled martini glass garnished with a cassis-infused black grape, it's almost too pretty to drink.
Where: Cha-cha-cha your way to Boleros, the Latin-themed lounge on Oasis of the Seas, where you can order from the drink's very creator.

Up next...

10 Best Ports for Fun Fall Activities

Koblenz, Germany
Go Back
Find The Best Cruises
Find a cruise

Find the best deals!

Click on multiple sites to get the lowest prices

Click on multiple sites to get the lowest prices