Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas set sail last Saturday for the first time in over a year. With the cruise line’s North American debut, Royal Caribbean rolled out a brand new bar menu. This new menu has been reimagined to elevate the guest experience. The new menu offers several new libations as well as zero proof cocktails. This menu will be rolled out fleetwide.
We were lucky enough to be invited to a taste testing with other media on the ship. How do these new additions to the cocktail lineup compare to the previous bar menu? We share all of the details of this latest update to Royal Caribbean’s food and beverage program.
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Brand New Royal Caribbean Bar Menu
Royal Caribbean ships are home to a number of signature bars and lounges. Among those found on Adventure of the Seas are the Schooner Bar, Boleros, and the Duck and Dog Pub. These venues serve up a selection of specialty cocktails unique to each location.
For example, the Schooner Bar is the ship’s martini lounge. Along with live piano music, it offers a wide selection of classic martinis, Collins drinks, and high-ball style drinks.
For the most part, the signature cocktail menus at these locations are still the same.
Other bars throughout the ship, such as the Champagne Bar, offer the line’s standard menu. This is the menu that has been greatly enhanced.
The new Royal Caribbean bar menu is now organized around three sections. These sections are the “Taste of the Caribbean”, “Cool and Crisp”, and “Strong and Spirited”.
The best part is that all of these new drinks are covered in the Royal Caribbean Deluxe Beverage Package.
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Sampling the New Royal Caribbean Bar Menu
Even before the taste testing, we had already sampled a few of these new cocktails.
The first drink we tested off this new bar menu on Royal Caribbean cruise ships was the Pineapple Guava Sangria. This pinot gringo-based sangria was light and fruity, with pineapple, guava, and passion fruit flavors. We both gave this “Crisp and Refreshing” cocktail two thumbs up.
On our own, we also sampled the Cool as a Cucumber. This gin-based cocktail mixes lemon and St-Germain liqueur for a smooth finish. It is an ideal libation for those who do not like overly sweet drinks.
During our group sampling, we taste-tested 5 additional drinks. One of the drinks was the Strawberry Blonde. This sweeter, vodka-based cocktail was a hit with the Princess who liked the light blend of different fruit flavors.
You cant go on a Royal Caribbean cruise without some Caribbean cocktails. The new bar menu on Royal Caribbean includes a delicious Rum Punch in the “Taste of the Caribbean” section. This was perhaps my favorite of the new cocktails. This drink from Barbados included a mix of three types of rum for a flavor explosion.
Another offering still on the menu under the Taste of the Caribbean is the Goombay Smash. This popular drink from the Bahamas includes coconut rum, spiced rum, and a mix of juices. One sip will put you in vacation mode.
Further, we were able to sample the Passion Spritz. This “Strong and Spirited” cocktail includes sparkling wine, vodka, and passion fruit. It is the perfect drink to sip poolside. It might just be my new sea day drink!
The night before, we also tried the bourbon-based Kentucky Summer. This citrus flavored cocktail was just the right composition for an evening drink while watching the acoustic guitarist perform.New-Royal-Caribbean-Bar-Menu-2
Other Offerings on the New Royal Caribbean Bar Menu
One of the latest trends in food and beverage is zero-proof or low ABV cocktails. During this tasting, we were able to try two of these kid-friendly drinks. Honestly, these drinks were equally tasty.
The favorite among those attending the session was the Blueberry Nojito. As the name implies, it is an alcohol free take on a classic mojito. It was not overly sweet and was bursting with fruit flavor.
The carbonated Shirley Ginger is a new twist on the classic Shirley Temple. Made with ginger ale, the drink mixes orange and lime juice for a fun alternative to an adult beverage.
As our bartenders noted, these Zero Proof cocktails could be made with alcohol. We might just try the Blueberry Nojito with rum tonight!
The new Royal Caribbean bar menu also includes a selection of spirits. In addition, there is a number of beers and a few ciders and seltzer. Honestly, these did not seem much different from the previous menu. Royal Caribbean’s beer selection has always been a bit limited.
We are not wine connoisseurs. So, we can not comment on the changes to the wine offerings. For the most part, they seem relatively similar to the previous bar menu.
Overall, the new bar menu on Royal Caribbean ships is a vast improvement from the previous standard menu.
As mentioned previously, this menu, debuting on Adventure of the Seas, is rolling out fleet-wide to all Royal Caribbean ships. We can’t wait to test out more of the drinks!
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