Happy Hour Special: Norwegian’s Rebellious Fish

November 8, 2011 | By | 65 Comments

In true cruise spirit, every evening this week, we’ll be offering up special happy hour recipes for you to imbibe in at your leisure. Tonight, we bring you the recipe for Norwegian Cruise Line‘s famous Rebellious Fish, a concoction of passion fruit liqueur, orange vodka, orange liqueur, orange juice and sparkling wine — and yes, it really is served in a fishbowl. This fruity libation is one of the cruise line’s classics and you’ll likely see a slew of folks perched poolside with one on any given sailing. (Tip: If you don’t feel the urge to run out and purchase a couple of fishbowls, just use nice large glasses that will hold plenty of ice.) Be sure to check back tomorrow for a recipe from Celebrity Cruises.
Click here to download a PDF version of the recipe.
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    65 Responses to “Happy Hour Special: Norwegian’s Rebellious Fish”

    1. LAURIE Hopper
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

      We don’t do to much drink on cruises except for one cruise where our bill for booze was 245.00 for both of us! Boy did we party on that cruise.

    2. Tammy Pollock
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

      We spent $400 on our Norwegian Dawn cruise to Bermuda in July 2010.

    3. Theresa Schertz
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

      Well I am not a big drinker but while on the Carnival Valor Oct 2011 I spent about $50 during the 7 days & that included $17 for a Bahama Mama at their private island, so I could get the cool coconut to take home …LOL Love this site

    4. Tom Flanagan
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

      Spent $280.00 for wine package and for three Jim Beam Manhattans every night on a seven day cruise.

    5. Pamela Palmer
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

      I don’t spend much on booze while cruizing.
      I cruise ONLY NCL (do love that fish drink!) and normally book w/ CasinoAtSea w/ free drink card.
      Think the most my bar bill has ever been is $50.00 for whole cruise. Now..If I had to pay for every drink – that would be a totally different story! LOVE NCL & CAS!!

      I’m going th NCL Pearl on 11-27-11 — Would LOVE to win the teeshirt & NCL shotglass!! Thank you! :-)

    6. Victoria
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

      Last August for seven days on the Conquest, and our room on the Lido Deck (think that was the problem :) My bar bill was $ 899.01 ! The .01 was the reason I remember it so well………Good Mornings on the Lido, afternoon sunning on the Lido and late night partying on the Lido! the best cruise ever! :)
      I am booked on the Magic on Dec 4, I really need the Magic shot glass, yes please……..:)

    7. Seth Diamond
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

      $65. $15 of that was two drinks I bought for a woman I met during a cruise I took 10 years ago.

    8. Victoria
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

      Been a member and on the boards for a long time and loveeeee me some Cruise Critic Host Randy !!!
      He is the best ever, and he would think it was so cool if I had a Cruise Critic Shirt !!!!Yes, pleeease :)

    9. Jessica
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

      Probably only around $50

    10. kelsey knowles
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

      Our bill last year for a 7 day cruise for 2 was about $300 for alcoholic beverages.

      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

      On the entire cruise or just one day? It had to be a Holiday cruise LAX to Hawaii / 14 Days with lots of sea days.

      I am a top shelf drinker so the per drink ratio will be a lot lower than most.

      In one day close to $800.USD (Christmas Day)

      For the entire cruise $2000.00 (+/-) NYEve was pretty nice also. Dinner in the Italian restaurant was spectacular!:=D

    12. Summer
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

      My husband and I purchased the wine package on our last RCI cruise (at just over $200) and then purchased a drink at one of the poolside bars most afternoons. I think our alcohol bill worked out to just under $300 as a result…

    13. Lauren
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

      Haven’t spent anything yet haha. We’re going on our first cruise in December and can’t wait to try all the delicious drinks! :)

    14. Phil Seldon
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

      My wife and I have spent about $200 on drinks, not big drinkers but we sure love to cruise. Bar bills can add up FAST! Rather dump it into the casino and get titillated that way! :)

    15. Carla Smith
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

      hi, figured I would enter! I spent $250 on a 7 day Norwegian cruise a few years ago BEFORE kids!

    16. Lorie McGuire
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

      On our first cruise it was $450 for two of us.

    17. Marilyn
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

      Never had been a fan of Cocktails until my first cruise. So converted me my bar tab was more than I paid for the cruise.

    18. John
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

      You all are lightweights. Two of us, $1200. for the week on a whole ship charter.

    19. 78goldwing
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

      About $50.

    20. Brenda Danner
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:32 pm

      Usually not a lot, but the most was probably around $110.

    21. rob
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

      We spent about $70 in one night, when my wife ( not a big drinker) discoverd \The Chocolate Martini\

    22. Cindy L
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

      I think the most my hubby and I have spent on drinks on board a cruise is about $355 for a 7 day last year. Not too bad I think!! :-)

    23. Leah
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:42 pm

      Spent a little over $500 for three of us on the Oasis in March. Their passion fruit drink was yummy but I really just wanted the cool plastic bamboo tumbler it came it. I think it was $18 a piece and of course I needed two. One for each kid to take home. But my favorite cup is the coconut cup on Carnival, my hubby uses it as a candy bowl at work. Love this site. Thanks.

    24. Penny
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

      I spend about $100 a cruise, I think because there are a lot of free drink opportunities while cruising!

    25. Mary
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

      We spent only about $50.00 last year on our Pearl Cruise between a bottle of wine, a few beers and a couple of the drinks of the day so I could have the glass!

    26. Donna Hurd
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

      Probably $100 when we bought 2 bottles of wine for the table and drinks in the 12 night cruise which added up!

    27. Michelle Buenzli
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

      Every time I turn around there’s another drink I want to try or a server who remembers what I had the day before who brings it to me without my asking, and of course I have to accept! Got to be close to $500.

    28. Steve
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

      Let’s just say there were four digits.

    29. Julie Justice
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

      The most would be probably about $400

    30. J Justice
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

      About $400

    31. Jo
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

      $150 on Caribbean Princess and it was for dinner and booze at the Chef’s Table for the 2 of us.

    32. Amy
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

      Holland America, $485.00 Espresso Martini’s OMG the best I have ever had. Discovered at a mixology class on board. Can you get that recipe???? Of course my hubby was on the tab too. Funny I forget what he was drinking. I also remember buying a couple of rounds for my niece and her beau.

    33. Ronnie
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

      We don’t drink so we always end the cruise with a minimal amount charged to our cabin.

    34. Vicki
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

      I think the most I have spent on drinks during a cruise was probably $150.00.

    35. Sharon
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

      Probably about $150.00-

    36. Monica
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

      We usually spend around $400 on a 7 day cruise. Hey it’s vacation after all. We love all the fun glasses too. When we use them it brings all of our cruise memories back. Nothing like a good drink by the pool in the middle of the ocean.

    37. Nancy
      November 8th, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

      Probably around $200 or so — we bought a wine package and a few other drinks on a 10 night Panama Canal cruise. We don’t normally spend that much, though.

    38. Gail Murphy
      November 8th, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

      About 300 dollars….My sister was always \absent\ when it was time to pay :)

    39. Lisa
      November 8th, 2011 @ 6:01 pm

      We just went on a 5 day and for the 2 of us we spent $989.00 and that doesn’t include the 2 bottles of wine we did bring and drink + $200.00 worth of alcohol we tried to smuggle on and got it all taken away. Tried to save money and ended up spending more. Lesson learned :)

    40. Linda
      November 8th, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

      I don’t drink too much, but my friend spent $1500.00. All I said was WOW!

    41. Karen
      November 8th, 2011 @ 6:04 pm


    42. Cheryl
      November 8th, 2011 @ 6:06 pm

      I’ll tell you after I take my first cruise in January. Can I still be entered to win a t shirt and shot glass?

    43. Susan Gilliamsen
      November 8th, 2011 @ 6:45 pm

      Always waaayyy more than I thought it would be!! But always worth it! :) No where else would I ever have a drink or two before lunch on any given day!! :)

    44. Gma Pat
      November 8th, 2011 @ 6:55 pm

      about $200 on drink of the day margarita’s on the jewel (it was a FUN day)

    45. Sheila
      November 8th, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

      On a cruise to Bermuda in July we spent $900.00 on alcohol. It was a blast! Going to Alaska next summer, I better start saving now.

    46. joan
      November 8th, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

      I would say about 100.00 which includes wine and those raspberry creme brulee martinis so yummy

    47. Sasha
      November 8th, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

      Love the Rebellious Fish! Alaska 2 years ago I spent about $50 and that includes a bottle of rum from the Bon Voyage Dept.

    48. Cruise Critic
      November 8th, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

      Congratulations to Victoria, who wins the shotglass and T shirt. Here’s part of her response: “Last August for seven days on the Conquest, and our room on the Lido Deck (think that was the problem My bar bill was $ 899.01 ! The .01 was the reason I remember it so well.”

    49. Victoria
      November 8th, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

      So Cool ! Thank you !!!! :)

    50. jennbix
      November 9th, 2011 @ 8:26 am

      I had 5 Reb.fishes onour past cruise and I got to take those cute glasses home with me! That drink is MY favorite cruise drink now..its a close call with HALS Champagne dreams though

    51. Bob Romond
      November 9th, 2011 @ 9:18 am

      We began cruising with our kids and my brothers family when the (5) kids were 7 and younger. Our last cruise they were all drinking and signing. With only occasional assistance from moms and dads, the “kids” did just over $700 in damage. All their baggage was overweight with the collection of take-home glassware.

    52. mary macomber
      November 9th, 2011 @ 9:44 am

      It was actually less than we expected after reading so much about the high cost and how they add up. My husband and I together enjoyed our drinks each day at dinner and around the decks, and including the souviner glasses and it was still under $300.00 for the two of us. It still sounds like a lot, but we really did meet up with friends and have a lot of late night outs ;) FUN, FUN, FUN! Can’t wait until next cruise!
      Mary Ann

    53. Cindy Kasten
      November 9th, 2011 @ 9:58 am

      1. Wine Package 2. Bloody Mary each morning 3. Drink of the Day each afternoon. 4. Extra drinks on Sea Days….Minimum of $250 for the two of us I guess. Our first cruise it was $400 I remember.

    54. Manya
      November 9th, 2011 @ 10:05 am

      On my last cruise on the Statendam, we brought 8 cases of wine on board and paid the $18 per bottle corkage… there were 12 of us and that came to … $800-$1000. The crappy thing was then trying to collect from everyone at the end… never again!

    55. Pamela Ryan
      November 9th, 2011 @ 10:51 am

      After reading all these comments I can hardly wait to see our bar bill on our 104 day ’round the world cruise next May!

    56. Dottie McAndrew
      November 9th, 2011 @ 11:04 am

      First cruise with Norweigan last week! We really did party and knew what we were spending, a whopping $800. + but we expected it and it was vacation for us. Hope for a t-shirt and shot glass to show something for that adventure. NCL Star was wonderful!!!!!

    57. Diana
      November 9th, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

      For my birthday cruise a few years ago my DH indulged my like of champagne.. we drank and shared many bottles of dom perignon each night not to mention wine at dinner plus daily drinks our tab was over $3000.00!!

    58. Paul
      November 9th, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

      2 Brits, 10 days, £1,800!!!!! Norwegian Jade, awesome!

    59. Michelle
      November 9th, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

      Hi WE recently returned to Australia on the P&O Pearl from 11 day cruise to Vanuatu- $2400 bar bill – this included martini masters which included 4 drinks for $16- we went 3 times I also designed my own martini- I called it the Watermelon smash- start with a muddled scoop of watermelon in the glass. In the shaker add ice , a shot of vodka, shot of gin, shot of watermeon liqueur and 3 shots of cranberry juice- shake till frosty- pour over fruit and enjoy..Now you know why we had a big bar bill – I love cocktails.

    60. Margaret
      June 27th, 2012 @ 11:23 am

      Thanks so much for the Rebellious Fish recipe. That is my favorite and I have a set of 4 of the glasses from the Gem. That is probably also when we spent the most on bar drinks, about $80. Not a big drinker and my husband is diabetic, so he doesn’t drink more than an occasional glass of wine. Our travel agent usually sends 2 bottles of wine, so that cuts down on our bar bill as well.

    61. JoAnn
      June 28th, 2012 @ 9:28 am

      We went on a 7 night NCL Jewel cruise to Fl and Bahamas and we spent about $1750 for the 2 adults on alcohol. That does include the duty free shop, but not what we purchased in the Bahamas. That would bring it to about $1800.

    62. Adrienne Sacco
      July 19th, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

      Where can I get a cute fish t-shirt like the bowl?

    63. Sue Russell
      September 17th, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

      We spent around $800. I love the Rebellious Fish with the little fish bowl they serve it in. Very refreshing around the pool !

    64. Joe M Diver
      May 19th, 2013 @ 5:04 am

      Did the P&O Princess cruise… About $2200 for me, and still won the make-your-own cocktail competition hammered.. Loved it!

    65. Nick K
      July 5th, 2015 @ 7:19 am

      We had the drinks package thrown on on our cruise with NCL and we had our fair share of Rebellious Fish cocktails. You still get the receipts even though the drinks are prepaid and they came to $1100 for a week on the Norwegian Jade. Needless to say it was a great cruise!

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