Quite appropriately considering its namesake country, Norwegian Cruise Line has announced recently that its forthcoming Norwegian Breakaway vessel will feature a true ice bar on-board.
The ice bar is exactly what it sounds like and will feature three dimensional ice elements in an art décor style environment which will be kept at a constant 17 degrees Fahrenheit. As well as the obvious Norwegian links, the bar will pay tribute to the ship’s home port of Miami, with the décor reflecting the famous art deco area of Ocean Drive and Florida-inspired Inniskillin ice wine cocktails. The bar will be named the SVEDKA/Inniskillin Ice Bar to reflect this, SVEDKA being the vodka used to create the cocktails.
The bar will feature a reproduction of Miami’s famous Ocean Drive skyline, a ‘Welcome to Miami Beach’ sign, palm trees etched into the walls and amazingly, a life-size alligator throne, made entirely of ice. Of course, it wouldn’t be an Ice Bar without an ice bar and therefore the bar itself will be made of ice along with all the seating and glassware.
The SVEDKA/Inniskillin Ice Bar is designed to accommodate around 25 guests at a time, who will all be supplied with thick coats and gloves before entrance, as the bar’s 17 degrees Fahrenheit temperature will be strictly maintained. Entrance to the bar will be gained by reservation and it will be open 5.30-10.30pm nightly. Twenty dollars will gain you entrance to the club and two signature cocktails, served in specially created ice glasses, of course.
There is a choice of five different Florida-inspired cocktails on the bar menu and for those who don’t drink but who still want to experience the icy ambience, there are also two different non-alcoholic cocktails to choose from. Whatever your poison, this is certainly one bar which will never run out of ice cubes.
By Simon Brotherton