Crooner's is the Martini Bar on the Emerald Princess. The bar has several seating options: bar stools at the bar as well as couches and chairs with tables (some with window views). There is nighly entertainment at the bar with a piano player. The bar has a large selection of Martinis to chose from as well as wine, champagne, hard liquor and mixed drinks.
The drinks here are very good and a nice size. Liz and I found ourselves here daily for a drink and to catch some entertainment. The service here was phenomenal and we enjoyed chatting with the bartender Jake and several other patrons. It was a fun; yet relaxing place to hang.
My drinks of choice when at Crooner's were some Johnny walker Blue and their Mudslides. The JW Blue was only $12.50 a glass which to me was a good price. The Mudslides were in huge glasses and topped with whipped cream; very delicious. Liz was in a Margarita mode and stuck to her Margaritas at this bar. The Margaritas were served in very large glasses with plenty of salt on the rim. Orange and lime slices decorated the top of the glass.
Dress Code: Casual but no bathingsuit attire.
The Wheelhouse Bar is one of the larger bar/lounges on the boat (big enough to have the Muster Drill here). The theme here is Nautical with lots of seafaring decor, accents and memorabilia. There are several large chairs and couches strewn throughout as well as a sizeable bar area with stools. A stage is on one side of the room for nightly entertainment and dancing. We found ourselves here a few times to relax and have a few drinks. The bar serves the usual, wine, beer, champagne, hard liquor and mixed drinks. This bar has a nice quiet atmosphere (when there is no entertainment scheduled) and we frequently saw people playing cards here.
One night we started talking to an older couple who just happened to come from the same neighborhood in the Bronx as Liz. Anthony actually went to the same grammar school as Liz...what a small world.
Our friends Nancy and Angie suggested we go to Crooner's to see David Moore's performance. David Moore is a funny , funny guy who plays piano and gives hysterical commentary. Our friend Nancy and David go way back and of course we had to see him for ourselves. We arrived early and had a seat in the lounge. The bunch of us sat close to the piano so we wouldn't miss a thing. David was hysterical and played a variety of classical tunes as well as some of his own creation such as "The Masochism Tango"; which was a laugh riot. He has fun interacting with the audience and I think most people aren't smart enough to get his witty brand of humor.
The Tradewinds Bar is locate don the upper deck overloking the pool area. The bar area was a nice size with bar stools and table in the surrounding area. They serve the usual hard liquor, mixed drinks, frozen specialties, beer and soda. Liz and I had our first drink onboard at this bar; a frozen berry dacquiri. The dacquir was a combination of strawberry, raspberry and blackberry which made for an interesting and not too sweet taste. It was served with a sugared rimmed glass and a strawberry garnish. It was very good and perfect for the warm weather.
After the first day the bar seemed to be invaded by smokers which turned us off of this bar completely....Too bad since we liked the pool view and nice breeze.
Dress Code: Casual
The Mermaid's Tail is one of the more crowded bar on the ship due to it's close proximity to the pool and food options. Fortunately they have plenty of tables surrrounding the bar so if you can't find a stool a table will be available. Liz and I enjoyed grabbing a drink here to go with one of our snacks. The margarita's are very good and refreshing. We enjoyed lounging about and relaxing while having a nice drink.
The Horizon's Terrace Bar on the Emerald Princess was one of our favorite outdoor spots. We enjoyed being at the back of the boat and watching the wake of the ship. This bar has several bar stools as well as tables and chairs in the surrounding areas. Whetehr daytime or night this bar seemed to be less crowded than others due to it's out of the way location and part of the reason why we enjoyed it so much. They served the typical hard liquor, beer, mixed drinks s well as soda. The bartenders made a good drink and were very attentive. Liz enjoyed several of their Margaritas on the rocks as did I.
Dress Code: Casual
The Explorer's Lounge is one of the larger lounges aboard the Emerald Princess . The space has numerous chairs, sofas, a bar area and a stage/dancefloor area. The decor of the lounge is done up in blues and gold with Asian themed artwork and acents. The lounge had several bands playing throughout the cruise as well as a funny as hell comedian.
We spent some time here listening to two comedy shoes, a band and enjoying some drinks with friends before some dancing.
Dress Code: Casual
Skywalker's Nightclub is located on the top of the ship with incredible views. The Nightclub is smoking which doesn't thrill me but we came here so Liz and her friends could dance to some 80's music while John and I had some drinks.
When I first saw vintages I thought, Nice a wine Bar. The bar had nice wooden interiors with lots of seating. The atmosphere was inviting and I liked the wine barrel tables around the bar. When we got a look at the wine list we were not impressed. It was full of California wines. We found three or four from Chile. This was a big dissapointment for the both of us since neither Liz or myself are fans of California wine.
Dress Code: Casual
We love thhe pool bar and often find ourselves here for a drink. The pool bar is a great place to relax by the pool, have a drink, people watch or enjoy the company of someone special. We always have a good time here and the drinks are delicious. The bartenders are always friendly and quick to get your drink in hand.
Dress Code: Casual.....mostly swim suits since it's by the pool.
The Cosmopolitan Club sits high on the top deck of the ship. The club has nighlty entertainment and music. There is plenty of seating and the chairs and couches are quite comfy. The service was very good. Our waitress was very friendly and our drinks appeared rather quickly.
The views from the Club are incredible and it's a great place to relax with a drink. Liz and I enjoyed an afternoon here enjoying some drinks while the sun set.
Dress Code: Casual
Iztapa is one of the main lounge areas. Many activities hapen here from Bingo, Karaoke, Dance lessons and some late night dancing. The lounge looks like Mexican ruins and has some interesting accents. During the day it's pretty empty but at night it really is packed full of people drinking and dancing.
Two Poets is the Englsih Style Pub on the Promenade deck. The hard wood tables and wooden walls give it a real pub feel. The wals are decorated with pictures of famous Eglish poets. The bar area has plenty of seating. There is also tables inside and lining the outside of the pub. We didn't realize at first that this was a smoking pub(gross!) so we just grabbed a quick drink and left. I had a beer and Liz had a dacquiri. Neither Liz or I tolerate public smoking especially when we are non-smokers.
It's a shame that such a nice place is ruined by cigarette smoke. I would have like to have hung out here but alas I prefer a smoke free environment.
Dress Code: Casual.
We love the Champagne Bar and frequent it often. Liz's favorite beverage is champagne so I love to indulge her. The Champagne Bar has a varity of champagne, white wines, red wines and other alchololic beverages. You will not find soda or frozen drinks in this bar nor will you find children(Thank God). We always have good service here and love the champagne.
The bar itself is deorated in seafoam green and peachy neutrals. They have couches and tables to relax and enjoy your drinks. Liz and I love to come here before or after (sometimes both) dinner to enjoy some champagne. The staff puts a nice plate of appetizers on the atble to accompany the champagne which I think is a nice touch especialy the chocolate covered strawberries.
Dress Code: I have seen people in here with casual clothes such as shorts but we normally are dressed up for dinner when we visit this bar.
No matter what ship we are on there is always a Schhoner's bar. Liz and I seem to be drawn to this place. The chairs are comfy and the atmosphere is always fun yet relaxing. The bar has some large windows with beautiful ocean views. In the evening the bar has singing and karaoke.
The service here is always attenetive and they make a good cocktail. We often find ourselves here relaxing and enjoying each others company. We always seem to make friends when we are here and it's a fun place to people watch.
Dress Code: Casual
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