Cruise Ship Bars You Must Visit Before You Die

Whether you love a good pint, a glass of vintage wine or a colourful cocktail with all the trimmings, most big cruise lines are brimming with so many bars that you’re sure to find your favourite drink somewhere. But sometimes, it’s not the perfect drink you’re after, but the ideal place to enjoy it in. From bars serving the sweetest of cocktails alongside unparalleled sea views to bars run entirely by robots capable of having a laugh with guests, we’ve put together a list of the very best cruise ship bars you’ve absolutely got to visit before you die.

Top Cruise Ship Bars To Visit

Sugarcane Mojito Bar – Norwegian Cruise Lines

Available on the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Getaway and Escape liners; the Sugarcane Mojito Bar is the place to get really adventurous with the sweet minty cocktail. Drinks range from the standard mojito made with the finest Bacardi rum to the crazy delicious raspberry passion fruit mojito served with fresh, juicy raspberries. You can pull up a chair inside and listen to wonderful piano music while you sip or enjoy the sea view and lounge on the comfy sofas on the terrace outside.

Love mojitos? Then you've got to visit the Sugarcane Mojito Bar! Cruise Ship Bars
Love mojitos? Then you’ve got to visit the Sugarcane Mojito Bar!

Martini Bar & Crush – Celebrity Cruises

Found on all of Celebrity’s ships with the exception of the Celebrity Xpedition, Martini Bar & Crush invites you to try all their amazing drinks in the form of a six-beverage flight. But this isn’t an ordinary drinks flight. The bartenders put on a captivating mixology show as they toss ingredients around and pour your freshly-made drinks from shiny chrome shakers. The white-brushed contemporary bar setting with modern chandelier lighting adds to the sophisticated yet fun feel.

Find your new favourite martini at Martini Bar & Crush. Cruise Ship Bars
Find your new favourite martini at Martini Bar & Crush.

Vines – Princes Cruises

Step into Vines on one of Princes Cruises’ liners and you’ll instantly be transported into a traditional wine cellar. The dim moody lighting and wooden barrel decorations create the perfect atmosphere for enjoying a glass of your favourite wine. So the alcohol doesn’t go straight to your head; the wine bar also serves a small selection of light bites, including sushi and tapas, which are totally free whenever you purchase a drink. What’s more, this is one of the best cruise ship bars; which is ideally positioned for watching the entertainers performing nightly in the Piazza.

You'll feel like you're in a wine cellar at Vines. Cruise Ship Bars
You’ll feel like you’re in a wine cellar at Vines.

Bionic Bar – Royal Caribbean

Mixology meets technology at Royal Caribbean’s Bionic Bar, located on the Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas. The first true robotic bar not only at sea but in the world; Bionic Bar features two laser precision robotic arms which work together in complete synchronisation to mix you up the perfect cocktail every time. There really are no human staff. Simply order your drinks via the provided tablet and the robotic arms will get to work. Watch out for sarcastic messages appearing on the waiting list screen. The arms like to sneak in a bit of banter here and there.

Have your drink made entirely by robots at Bionic Bar! Cruise Ship Bars
Have your drink made entirely by robots at Bionic Bar! Image via Flickr, Anthony Quintano, CC BY 2.0

About Nicola Quinn


Nicola is a travel and food writer living in the Canary Islands who loves exploring far-off places, pushing herself to the limit and trying local eats wherever she goes.

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