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An Ice Bar on a Cruise Ship?… I’m Done!

Recap of the Norwegian Getaway’s Ice Bar

I planned a trip on one of the new Mega Cruise Ships, the Norwegian Getaway.  One of the reasons I chose the ship is it has some amazing features such as a Tropicana Dinner Theater along with an Ice Bar.  The Ice Bar is on deck 8 on the Norwegian Getaway.  There you will find the sign for the Bar and a podium with a description of your package. The Ice Bar is sponsored by Svedka Vodka.  The cost is $19.95 to enter and you get (2) Signature Cocktails while inside.  After paying you receive a thermal hooded poncho to keep warm, along with gloves to protect your hands. This is where the journey begins.

Bill & Nicole Outside the Scedka Ice Bar on the Norwegian Getaway Cruise ship

Outside the Svedka Ice Bar on the Norwegian Getaway Cruise ship

To enter the Ice Bar you go through 2 doors.  The first takes you to a staging area.  When you open the first door, you can feel a drop in temperature of about 50 degrees.  Which is nothing compared to walking through the 2nd door.  The second door is a freezer locker door.  Inside is your final destination and a bone chilling temperature of 17 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees Celsius).  Which however for the record is ridiculously cold!

Gator chair made of ice inside the Ice Bar on the Norwegian Getaway

Ice Gator Chair inside the Ice Bar on the Norwegian Getaway

Inside the Ice Bar is a cold beautiful bar completely made of ice.  Everything in the bar is made of ice.  There are ice sculptures and an ice chairs.  The bar itself is make of blocks of ice.  The bar is decorated to capture the Art Deco Section of Miami Beach.  It is made up of ice sculptures to replicate iconic places around Miami Beach with some Norwegian Cruise line logos sprinkled in.  The bar keep is also inside.  Dressed like an Eskimo complete with a hat with ear flaps.  The Bartender works inside the bar in 3 hour shifts.  That is 3 hours at 17 degrees.  The job on board the ship is a rotation and the bartender keeps the job for 2 weeks.  This is something I would not wish on anyone.

The actual Bar inside the Ice Bar on the Norwegian Getaway

The Bar inside the Ice Bar on the Norwegian Getaway

Once inside you order your Signature drinks.  The drinks are on the specialty menu and there are 7 to choose from.  2 are alcohol-free.  The drinks are premixed.  It is way too cold to try and mix drinks inside and I imagine it would be too messy!  The drinks come in glasses made only of ice.  This is great because there is no need to put ice in the drink.  The glass itself keeps the drink cold.  Never mind the 17 degrees!

2 Drinks in a ice glass inside the Ice Bar

Drinks in the Ice Bar

I planned a trip on one of the Norwegian Getaway.  One of the reasons I chose the ship is it has some amazing features including an Ice Bar.  The ice bar is something I think everyone should visit at least once in life.  I have had the pleasure of going twice.  Once on land, and now thanks to the Norwegian Getaway, once at sea.

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Bill Collins

Bill Collins is a former Army Officer turned veteran traveler. I have traveled to 28 different Countries mainly concentrated in the Central & Latin America and have spent the last 16 years exploring the Caribbean Islands.

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