Saturday, June 27, 2009

Shake it Like a Polaroid Picture: Shipboard Martinis

My husband and I are not really spirit drinkers. But we will always make an exception for a shipboard martini. There's something about them that is just so social.

Celebrity in particular is known for its great martini bars and the seriously entertaining bartenders who work them. I have often seen better shows put on by them behind the bar than by entertainers on stage.

Apart from the healthy sized regular martinis they serve, they also have a martini sampler. This sampler consists of six mini martinis all for about the price of a regular martini, although I have read recent posts that it is twice the price on the Solstice. Hmmm....

The sampler is something you definitely want to share with a friend. Not saying you have a problem if you don't but at the very least you'll have to drink them fast before they get warm. If one of the flavours doesn't appeal to you, they're usually pretty accommodating and will make one you do like. It's just a win-win situation whichever way you look at it.

But a word to the neophyte: martinis are deceptively smooth and can catch up with you all of a sudden. We saw it first hand on the Constellation after a young fellow went through two samplers on his own. When he finally, very delicately, got up he made his way out of the bar as if we had just encountered gale force winds. I'm not sure we had even sailed yet.

Apart from the bartenders and their fabulous concoctions, these bars are simply a great place to congregate before or after dinner. There's always a lively crowd present and it's a great opportunity to hook up with some other passengers and have a laugh or two. But the bars are tiny so get there early!

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