Top 8 Absolute Best Bars at Sea

Not all treasures are silver and gold. Some are served in lowball glasses with crushed ice or in martini flutes with festive umbrellas. When selecting a cocktail, the sky’s the limit, or should we say, the top shelf! It’s no secret that cruisers love a perfectly crafted cocktail while enjoying their deep blue voyage. Next time you sail, pick a ship with one of these innovative and exciting watering holes on board.

Norwegian Cruise Line | Svedka Ice Bar

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Have you ever experienced an Eskimo kiss? There’s a first time for everything. So, bundle up, because this icebox stays at a chilly 17 degrees Fahrenheit. Sit atop a bar stool made of ice while sipping your SVEDKA cocktail from a cup made of ice! For a festive libation, try The Polaris, which is a blend of Inniskillin ice wine, SVEDKA citrus vodka, and lemon-lime soda. We’re getting goosebumps just thinking about being here!

Royal Caribbean | Rising Tide Bar

Royal Caribbean Rising Tide Bar

Look for the cylindrical shaped elevator rising above Oasis-class ship’s Central Park. The Rising Tide Bar travels between three decks, providing patrons with the most spectacular views of the shops, restaurants and the park below. It’s the first “moving” bar at sea, so hop on and get ready to enjoy the view.

Princess Cruise Line | Seaview Bar


Sweeping ocean views, a 138-foot glass bottom walkway, and bottle-juggling bartenders distinguish this 16th deck bar, located next to the stunning Fountain Pool. But it’s the deliciousness of the cocktails that will really wow you. For relaxation, with a touch of entertainment and excitement, this will be your new favorite spot above the sea.

Carnival | RedFrog Pub


Feel like taking it easy? RedFrog Pub is the perfect laid-back Key West inspired spot with live music, Caribbean-inspired food, foosball tables, and a relaxed tropical vibe. Try their signature private label brew or sip on scrumptious fruity cocktails.

Norwegian Cruise Line | District Brew House

Norwegian District Brew House

Calling all beer aficionados – now you can indulge in delectable craft beer on board the Norwegian Escape. The microbrewery trend is hot, and has been popping up all around the United States. Pick from over 50 bottled beers and 24 draft beers featuring small batch beers from Wynwood Brewing Company, a beloved Miami Brewery. Or try Maisel & Friends, Chocolate Porter or Pale Ale. Mixed cocktails are available too. Our favorite? Try the Funk Monk made of Hendricks gin, Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino, and fresh squeezed lime juice.

Royal Caribbean | Bionic Bar

Step into the future with this space age bar that features robotic arms, for mixing, shaking, and pouring your favorite cocktails. Select from a list of drinks, and stand in awe as one of two robotic bartenders go to work. We like the Galactic Melon which is a mix of Midori, Absolute, and pineapple juice. It’s out of this world! Or, try the Clone Me, made of Southern Comfort, peach schnapps, and Coca-Cola.

Carnival | Alchemy Bar


The name of this lounge says it all, the mixologists are masters and they know just the right combinations to ease your ailments. They even call the bartenders “pharmacists” and the cocktails “prescriptions.” What’s fantastic about this bar is that they also make delicious non-alcoholic drinks, so that there is something for everyone. Look forward to popular options like Forty is the New Twenty, an innovative mix of pomegranate liqueur, cranberry, SKYY Vodka, and citrus. Or if you’re feeling spicy, try the Chipotle Pineapple Martini for a smoky sweet mix that will have you craving more. Whichever concoction you choose, it is sure to cure all your ailments!

Cunard | Golden Lion


No British ship would be complete without the addition of a traditional British pub. And the Golden Lion has everything you would expect from a pub – traditional food, delectable frothy pints, and a British beer list that includes Old Thumper, London Pride, and Strongbow cider. The kitchen serves up classic dishes such as fish & chips, bangers & mash, and an authentic steak & onion pie. All that’s missing is the authentic accent, so cozy up next to someone from the U.K., and start practicing.

Select from one of these popular watering holes, or call your Personal Vacation Manager at 800-709-9507 to help you find a couple of completely new ones. You can search here for your next cruise. Bottoms up!