ChEARS to Me

I enjoy my adult beverages as much as the next girl, but it quite easy to get carried away by the diversity of alcoholic beverages onboard DCL. Each of the three primary dining rooms have two signature drinks (along with a non-alcoholic option), The District is composed of night clubs and lounges, and other watering holes are peppered throughout the ship. As this is my second cruise as an adult, the last thing I wanted to do was overdo it and wind up recycling the decadent concoctions crafted for me.

20140206-151827.jpgDrinking my Disney Side!

Clockwise from top left corner:

  • Parnassus Apollo (Evolution; $9.25): Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, Frangelico, Bailey’s, Kahlúa & Honey
  • Bon Voyage (Serenity Bay): mixing a Piña Colada and a Strawberry Daiquiri with a cherry on top
  • Impérial Illusion (Royal Palace): Absolut Mandarin, Apple Pucker, Blue Curaçao & Pineapple Juice
  • New Yorker (Skyline Lounge; $10.75): Ketel One Vodka, Açai Liqueur, Pomegranate Liqueur, Cranberry Juice, Agave Nectar, Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice, a Sugared Rum, & a Souvenir Glow Cube

My hands down favorite was Evolution’s Parnassus Apollo. Honestly, trying to select one of their butterfly concoction from the menu was taxing as each one sounded incredible. PA hit all my critical weaknesses: Hazelnut (Frangelico), Irish Cream (Bailey’s) & Coffee (Kahlúa). Bon Voyage was a perfectly beachy choice and the Impérial Illusion topped off my dinner quite nicely.

20140206-154252.jpgSkyline’s Amazing Alenka mixes it up!

The only disappointment was the New Yorker. Looking at the ingredients, I expected it to have some semblance of sweetness, but there was virtually none. The glow cube is nice and the bartender was unbelievably kind, but next time, I might ask for suggestions if I have a certain taste in mind.

Remaining Restaurant Cocktails

The signature drinks of the three dining halls do not list prices which made me hesitant to order. By our dinner at Royal Palace on our final night, I threw caution to the wind and ordered. Makes me want to kick myself in the keister for passing up on the previous nights. On the up swing, it leaves me with something to look forward to on future cruises– working my way through the beverage selections onboard. The diverse sampling will certainly keep me from getting bored. My ideal scenario is splitting these with a dining companion, so we can sample multiple beverages at a time.

Animator’s Palate (Deck 3 Aft)

  • Blueberrilicious: Tequila, Fresh Blueberries, Passion Fruit Juice, Orange Flavor Liqueur, Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • Golden Breeze: Vodka, Amaretto, Galliano, Orange & Pineapple Juices

Enchanted Garden (Deck 2 Mid)

  • Golden Leaves: Rum, Pomegranate, Peach Schnapps, Cranberry Juice Soda Water
  • Nutty Chocolate: Vanilla Vodka, Créme de Cacao White, Bailey’s, Galliano, Vanilla Mix

Royal Palace (Deck 3 Mid)

  • Double Crowned: Crown Royal, Cointreau, Chambord, Cranberry Juice, Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

Remaining Drinking Establishments

There is only so much drinking I can endure before I stop having fun and wind up sleeping through all the good stuff. I would love to get a peek at the menus for the following, so I might plan accordingly (read: save up money) to enjoy myself properly. My current priority venues:

  1. Meridian (Deck 12 Aft; between Palo & Remy): On my first cruise, I sat in one of Meridian’s supple leather, wing-backed chairs while I awaited my table at Palo. Unfortunately, I did not have a chance to enjoy any beverages as our table was ready shortly after. My goal is to enjoy a drink either in one of those fancy chairs or outside as the sun sets. Currently Latitude 46.5 is sitting pretty at the top of the list, edging out the Creme Brûlée Martini.
  2. Pink (Deck 4): Perfect for couples or a girls’ night out! I didn’t have the courage to peek at the price list, but a girl can dream, can’t she? There was a cute pink elephant on parade! I’ve heard at. $19/glass, I better sling some more peanuts first.
  3. Bon Voyage (Deck 3 Mid): The key is finding the right time of day when the atrium isn’t packed with people. I enjoy the cruise ambiance, but I would also like to enjoy my drink without any headaches.

The other bars I haven’t visited are District Lounge (Deck 4 Aft), Vista Café (Deck 4 Mid), Currents (Deck 13 Fwd), Cove Café (Deck 11 Fwd), and Waves (Deck 12 Aft) but they aren’t on the priority list yet. I need to peruse their menus before adding them to the ranking. From what I gather, they serve the standardized beverage menu, but maybe there are a few hidden surprises.

20140206-154220.jpgA Sports Bar with Board Games!

Repeat Offenders
By and large, the places I elected to stop at are most certainly venues that will become part of my Disney Dream cruise ritual. I had positive experiences with the hosts, the variety of spaces are quite welcoming, and the quality of product is exceptionally high. I better work on that hollow leg of mine.

  • Evolution: Next time, I would like to try the Mariposa and the Papillon.
  • Skyline: I’m setting my sights on another glow cube with Paris 75 or the suspiciously Japanese Nine Dragons from Hong Kong.
  • 687 Pub: Maybe I’ll give the Green Villain “beercktail” (cocktail involving beer) or The Shipbuilder’s Wife a try.

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