The good thing about going on a cruise as part of a group is that you never eat or drink alone. The Delware Broadcasting Corporation hosted a bar crawl on the ship with my husband at the helm, and it’s a small blessing we didn’t stop at every since bar on the boat. We made only a few stops, but we gathered the group at the central Atrium bar: exactly where we boarded the boat a few days prior.
The benefit to the Atrium is indeed the central location,. One floor up, and you could escape to a few different lounges. If you wanted dinner, the first dining room is right there. If you had to wait on a table, you could go right back down to the bar. You become very familiar with it in those first few days as a passenger. It’s a good place to start, and we found each other easily. It was, however, the least eventful stop in terms of drink. I began with a simple rum and coke here. Can’t even remember the exact type of rum.
We moved onto the Red Frog Rum Bar up on the Lido deck. I landed her a lot on this trip to sample a large array of rum from around the Caribbean. This time, however, I got a red ale beer cocktail made with their proprietary Thirsty Frog Ale and Bacardi Oakheart, a type of rum I often drink at home. That little cocktail became a commonly chosen alternative for me whenever I needed a drink.
We spent a lot of time there at two tables, talking and laughing and drinking through the late afternoon while other passengers froliced in the nearby pool. This experience was rarely present for me outside of station events since I spent a lot of the trip seasick, but being with all these people deeply improved the experience on the boat. It’s no wonder this sort of thing is used as a promotional tool in several different venues.
But then came the Alchemy bar. Situated at the back end of the ship, this peculiar bar capped of our adventure. Set up like an old timey pharmacy, they created some absolutely stunning cocktails. I will remember ‘The Perfect Storm’ rum cocktail for a long, long time. A peculiar colored rum punch, it tasted great, looked great, and it came to me after a mixology display of epic proportions. I didn’t get my own pictures. I was too busy hanging out with a great group of people.
I never did get back to the Alchemy bar, much to my regret. At least my husband was able to sample the good stuff a few more times before the end of our trip. The bars were one of the few redeeming qualities to me about being on a cruise ship, especially while the seas were as rough as they were on us for our trip. Sitting in the sun with a rum and coke will be one of the better memories I have on that boat.
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