Brain juice, battery acid, cupped lighting, daily grind, morning mud, rocket fuel or a perk-me-up. Call it what you like, coffee is categorically one of the world’s favourite drinks. For cruisers concerned about whether or not ships are able to brew up premium quality concoctions, fear not! The days of watery drip coffee are long gone and have been replaced with artisan cafes that whip up supercharged lattes, cappuccinos and other specialty beverages. Want to know where to find the best at-sea caffeine hits? Read on for our list of the best cafes the cruise industry has to offer.
Explorations Café – Holland America
Powered by the New York Times, this swanky café is part of the line’s Signature of Excellence enhancement program. Indulge in luxurious concoctions such as the Carmello Latte made even tastier by complementary pastries, international newspapers, Wi-Fi connectivity and plenty of inviting sofas and armchairs. Manhattan would be proud!
The Bistro – Crystal Cruises
Intimate and artisan, The Bistro is reminiscent of elegant French patisseries and luxurious Viennese cafes. Large windows offer spectacular views over the open ocean while the freshly baked European pastries, pretty Guy Buffet china and up-to-the-minute magazines make the entire experience a coffee lover’s delight.
Starbucks at Sea – Royal Caribbean
For a coffee hit that never fails to disappoint Royal Caribbean’s Starbucks at Sea brews up signature favourites, as well as seasonal specialties. Find the iconic venues on the Royal Promenades of Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas. Perfect for a quick caffeine fix!
Cafe Carinthia – Cunard
With magnificent views over the Grand Lobby, Cafe Corinthia is a sophisticated place to sip on a creamy cappuccino. The leaded glass ceiling, glittering chandeliers, lavish upholstery, gleaming woods and plush sofas echo the line’s regal history. Pastries, muffins, deep-dish cheesecake and brioche make for divine morning indulgences while the venue is transformed into a stylish cocktail lounge when the sun goes down.
Cove Café – Disney Cruise Line
Peaceful and picturesque, this adult’s only caffeine haven is the perfect place for parents to escape the chaos of Disney’s child-friendly decks. Catch all the latest news bulletins on the flat screen TVs, flick through a magazine or browse the web using the Wi-Fi access. Whether in search of a morning wakeup call or an afternoon pick-me-up Cove Café is a great place to retreat to when the little ones are otherwise engaged.
Cafe al Bacio – Celebrity Cruises
Caffeine connoisseurs will love the cornucopia of specialty coffees, teas and liqueurs served up at this Italian-inspired café. All accompanied by gorgeous views over the open ocean and a neighbouring gelataria that serves up mouth-watering ice cream.
Mosaic Café – Azamara Club Cruises
Inspired by the chic aesthetics of European coffee houses, Mosaic Café is a mecca for passengers in search of complimentary specialty coffee served in a stylish space. A range of liqueurs, biscotti, finger sandwiches, pastries and scones make this a great stop for morning or afternoon tea.
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