Happy Hour Special: Royal Caribbean’s Mango Martini

November 11, 2011 | By | 77 Comments

In true cruise spirit, every evening this week, we’ve offered up special happy hour recipes for you to imbibe at your leisure. Friday is finally here, and we can’t think of a better way to kick off the weekend than with a fun, fruity cocktail that’s super simple to make. (Or “foo foo” drinks, as Cruise Critic members are fond of calling them.) So for the final installment of Cruise Critic’s Booze Week happy hour, we bring you Royal Caribbean‘s Mango Martini. This cocktail is composed of mango vodka, orange juice and simple syrup, and will take you seconds to whip up. (Tip: You can find instructions for making simple syrup on Web sites like Allrecipes.com).
Click here to download a PDF of all five happy hour recipes, including Royal Caribbean’s Mango Martini.
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    77 Responses to “Happy Hour Special: Royal Caribbean’s Mango Martini”

    1. LAURIE Hopper
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

      Usually around 10 as we are early birds and get up to see the sunrise.

    2. Mary Jane
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

      Looks delicious … I want one :)

    3. Bonita Layfield
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

      All night long is my cutoff time on a cruise!

    4. heather rimmer
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

      Whenever the tiredness takes over – not before !!

    5. Karen Fraser
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

      Man, I love Cruise Critic better than any drink I can think of!

    6. Melissa
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

      I have the martini glass in the picture and the glasses up to win would look sweet right beside! I call it a night after a nice drink and some pizza…probably at 11pm. I like my sleep!

    7. Cindy Kasten
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

      I’m up at the crack of dawn (love being up on deck when others are sleeping) and go all day! SO, I’m beat and often times asleep before 10 PM.

    8. Christie Woodard
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

      When I’ve had enough to drink (but not too much since I want to feel ok the next day). Usually about midnight.

      I’ll let you know after the upcoming cruise :)

    9. rhonda
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

      Mist if the time around one or two am. Depends in what trouble I can find to get into. :)

    10. Steve Ruegg
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

      Usually call it a night around 11:30 pm, depending on how much we did that day, what is going on that evening, and how early we need to start in the morning.

    11. danita conte
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

      I usually call it a night about 3:30am. After a short nap I get up to watch the sunrise and start a great day all over again. Why waste time sleeping!!! I can sleep at home.

    12. Sheila Hale
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

      When we “call it a night” often depends upon how generous the slot machines are feeling!

      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

      Depends on the night. I usually have late seating dinner and then like to hit the shows and the casino. But it depends on if the daily activities tire me out! :)

    14. marty
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:03 pm


    15. Stephanie
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

      I love cruise critic, without it we would have felt lost on our first cruise.

    16. Jennifer Maglietta
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

      Usually around midnight unless it’s Quest night – then we force ourselves to stay out later!

    17. Mike
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

      depends which time zone we are in :)

    18. Kellie Weaver
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

      Usually around 12:00 or 1:00 gotta get that rest so we can enjoy an awesome breakfast buffet.

    19. Erik H.
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

      Around 2 or 3am after some lido deck pizza.

    20. Leah
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

      Normally around 10 or after the show. Passing time on the balcony in the evening is so peaceful.

    21. Marilyn
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

      Nights are for partying, days for lazing. Who wants to maiss a minute.

    22. Brad Benmoshe
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

      If we were on land, 10:30-11. However, when cruising, we are NOT on land, and that in itself is cause for celebration and staying up well past midnight. On our last night before docking back at our home port we forced ourselves to stay up (not necessarily partying) all evening and just enjoy the ship while it was quiet and less crowded. We were able to see one of the best sunrises we’d ever seen!

    23. Lorie McGuire
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

      usually depends whether we have scheduled a shore excursion or not- if not, it may be 1-2 am.

    24. Alyson
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

      At least a couple of hours after the kids have gone to bed first! Need that room service dessert and drink out on the balcony…

    25. Jonathan Warner
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

      After a day in port, then second seating, a show, and an after dinner drink – back to the stateroom for recap and romance; then, it’s a day to be repeated the next day!

    26. Diane
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

      Some nights we are up to midnight or later, other nites we may hit the sack about 11 or so-depends on what we did that day!
      Sweeeet on the Mango Martini-my 2 most favorite flavors!

    27. Bern
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

      1200. Time to get 8 hours before breaky

    28. Brad
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

      Usually midnight

    29. Jill Alley-deBeaupre
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

      “I’m gonna wait till the midnight hour”

    30. STan Sorochman
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

      1- 2 AM, but if I’m on island time I have No IDEA what the time really is : )

    31. renee moulton
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

      I absolutely love anything Royal Caribbean. :-) we are loyal to Royal

    32. Susan
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

      Early, around 9. Something about the sea air… Plus, always have to see the sunrise.

    33. Sheryl Maldonado
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

      Around 11ish. We are morning people. Don’t want to miss a thing!

    34. Karen
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

      Usually around 9 PM but we have been known to stay up until 11 PM (Wow…late I know…) But I would be willing to stay up later for ummmm Mango…

    35. Karen
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

      Depends on whats going on around the ship, if there are new shows we have not seen, then its usually 11:30ish. Had the opportunity to taste the Mango Martini on our recent trip on RC Explorer..it was great.

    36. Huw Headd-Williams
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

      Normally around 3am when the night club has finished and chill out with a nice coffee in cafe promenade with just you and the staff and sound of a pin dropping can break the silence…

    37. Nancy
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

      We have late dinner so a little bit after dinner and maybe the show and a nightcap (unless of course there is a midnight comedian!). We like to be up to maximize the day!

    38. Pat
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

      We are early risers so we usually are out before midnight.

    39. Jeff Little
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

      My fave is easy…a dirty martini at sail a way in the Viking Crown…Love Royal Caribbean and will be sailing Mariner in December. Great recipes all.

    40. Hazel
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

      Sometime after midnight.

    41. Jessica Price
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

      Around Midnight unless they are having the Midnight buffet

    42. Cruise Critic
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

      Huw Headd-Williams:
      Normally around 3 am when the nightclub has finished and the ship is all quiet with no one wandering around.

      The wee hours of the morning!

      Terry Edwards:
      I would stay up all night if there were enough things to do! On my last cruise, everything pretty much stopped after midnight. (Except for the stroby dance party, which I did not have THAT much energy for!)

      Chyrie Moore:
      When I can no longer prop my eyelips open with unbrellas picks from the drinks.

    43. CB Loftin
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

      Usually before midnight. Depends on the day’s activities and how tired we are or the next day’s plans and how early we need to get going.

    44. Bill Raffel
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:27 pm

      I call it a night…when the wife tells me I have enough FUN for one night! LOL

    45. Rosanne
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

      Not to late, as we like to get up and go! on the days that we are in a port of call :)

      enjoy a nightcap on the veranda at the end of a fabulous day !

    46. desertbsa
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:32 pm

      Depends on what we are doing the next day.

    47. Chris Richardson
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

      Just returned off of the Freedom. Loved the diamond lounge and the CC party

    48. Annetta Penn
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

      Jamaica & Cayman Islands here I come.

    49. Steve
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

      I will have one in the Diamond lounge soon

    50. Gail
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

      Wish I could stay up late but usually in bed by 10.

    51. Gma Pat
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

      We are on vacation so bed time is what ever time suits us

    52. Robin
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

      Usually after the rock band stop playing….we are normally the last to leave the lounge!

    53. Julie Brown
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

      After the casino closes – around 2:30 a.m., with a quick trip to Sorrento’s for a slice of pizza enjoyed on the balcony. Then off to bed.

    54. Ginger Marcus
      November 11th, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

      Who’s going to keep track of time? I get on board, and when it’s time, will get off! No time, while onboard!!

    55. Ken L
      November 11th, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

      Usually when things die down, but I do also take a nap by the pool during the afternoon, it really depends on what is going on and how I feel at the time. I am on vacation, what is time. ;-)

    56. Gina
      November 11th, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

      Plenty of time to sleep when I’m dead… Bedtime on a cruise is as late as I feel like! :-)

    57. Ty
      November 11th, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

      Around midnight and wake up around 6am. Don’t want to miss anything on my vacation due to sleep!

    58. Sasha
      November 11th, 2011 @ 6:21 pm

      On a cruise, I call it a night after the show. At home it’s much earlier! ;)

    59. Patricia
      November 11th, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

      Normally don’t call it a night, just a very early good morning.Cruising seems to have that affect where I never seem to want to go to bed.

    60. renee moulton
      November 11th, 2011 @ 6:26 pm

      after we done it all for the day. either after the Quest show, or after a few drinks at the hoof and claw pub, or a late night comedy show :-) we end it by going out on our balcony and talking about how great our day on the ship was. we love royal caribbean

    61. stacie towe
      November 11th, 2011 @ 6:29 pm

      After the cuddles:-)<3<3

    62. Summer Burton
      November 11th, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

      It depends whether we’re sailing as a family or “just grownups”… With our daughter cabin time (and sleep time) is around 9pm. If we’re sailing alone it’s more like midnight… Still have to get up erly to take advantage of our time on the ship, or to get to our shore excursions!

    63. Cruiser from Maryland
      November 11th, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

      When I am finally just plum tuckered out! Life (and cruises) are too short to waste sleeping. Too much to do, to see, to eat and to drink! Gotta enjoy the good times while they last!

    64. Peni Berger
      November 11th, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

      10 to 11 pm

    65. Betty
      November 11th, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

      Cut-off time? What cut-off time? We just keep cruisin’ along!!

    66. Melissa
      November 11th, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

      When my feet can’t take the heels anymore!

    67. Nancy James
      November 11th, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

      Mango vodka! Only thing better is Mango Spice Vodka! No reason to call it a night!!

    68. Tara
      November 11th, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

      We are early risers, so our cut-off time is about 11 – a great pity, as we sem to miss out on a lot of the late fun!

    69. Ben Johnson
      November 12th, 2011 @ 9:00 am

      When I can’t eat any more calzones!

    70. Tina K
      November 12th, 2011 @ 9:51 am

      When the crowd dies down, and I no longer can get into trouble! :)

    71. Ann Wriston
      November 12th, 2011 @ 9:54 am

      It varies I am a casino addict so when the slots give up on me thats when I give up!!
      At home I am an early riser,and go to bed very early so on vaca i like to do things different!

    72. Beth Dolinsky
      November 12th, 2011 @ 10:08 am

      Usually around midnight after a last call at the piano bar.

    73. Mrs H
      November 12th, 2011 @ 10:35 am

      I remove my watch when on board, so we retire when tired. Love the mango martini!!

    74. Douglas Sherman
      November 12th, 2011 @ 10:53 am

      I dont look at time when I cruise, Navagator 12/18/2011

    75. Darelynn Clay
      November 12th, 2011 @ 11:26 am

      Depends on who I’m cruising with. On my last 2 cruises, I didn’t call it a night until there was nothing else to do ,and the bars/dance spots were closed.

    76. aprilk
      November 12th, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

      about 3 a.m.. Always having too much fun to stop. I don’t want to go to sleep i might miss something.

    77. penny
      January 3rd, 2012 @ 12:52 am

      Usually by midnight… I hate to have to go waste time on a ship sleeping but I guess we have to rest sometimes!

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