There’s Hope For Cruising: Libation Innovations


Theres Hope For Cruising: Libation Innovations

I’ve always taken one of my Grandfather’s saying to heart: You simply can’t make soup out of poop. He certainly had a knack for restoring things that couldn’t have otherwise been resurrected without his magic, but he certainly knew when to throw in the towel when something was beyond repair.

This may not be the most accurate of analogies regarding the news story I’d like to share with you today, but it’s a good chance to impart some of Grandpa Wick’s wisdom on all of you. Actually, I can’t come up with a proper analogy, now that I think of it. I can’t say “a diamond in the rough” really works. Neither does, “make the best of what you’re got.” Regardless, sometimes amidst the silliest, lamest, or dumbest things in life, there is a silver lining . . . somewhere . . . usually.

At the ABC News travel desk, they noticed that cruise ships — yes, the dreaded “c” word Matt usually edits off into the netherworld –– are starting to join the ranks of the elite drinking culture. Spreading throughout ships worldwide are champagne bars, pubs, coffee shops, sport and martini bars. Thank goodness.

The big winner here is going to be the Norwegian Cruise Line. Either that means they have fallen by the wayside and are eagerly revamping their ships of late, or they are leading the next generation of cruise-goers into the modern age. I’d have to give Celebrity and Carnival cruise lines a tip of the hat for their innovations in the world of alcohol delivery.

NCL is now home to one of the only ice bars floating around the seas. Complete with an ice top and blocks of ice to sit on, these martini bars will not only make you chill out, but will drive away the screaming kids in under ten minutes. Also on their ship, Norwegian Dawn, you’ll find one of the best English-style pubs anywhere (especially in the middle of the ocean). With a classic pub feel you don’t normally get on cruises — and the pub grub to go along with it — the fruity drink menu (okay, that part is not very English pub-like) will melt away your concerns as you settle back into your comfort zone.

You see, the cruise operators are beginning to recognize that people on a cruise sometimes want to feel as if they, well, aren’t on a cruise. That, to me, is making “soup out of poop.”

[photo by Stacy Lynn Baum/Flickr]



Published on August 25, 2010

  • http://expatheather.com Heather

    I had a good laugh at the "dreaded c word" line. Back in '01 I took a cruise on a tall sailing ship – the entire crew called the cruiseliners "froo-froo ships." I still wouldn't bit for a traditional cruise either, unless it was comped!

  • TheExpeditioner

    Kudos to them for trying, but I'm still not biting. I'd rather sit at an ice bar in Sweden or an English pub in London (or most anywhere) than on a cruise. But I have to admit, that pineapple does look mighty tasty right about now.