Don’t you just love a good bar brawl? In this case, though, the concept is quite literal. The Lido Deck on Carnival Liberty is flanked by two bars — the BlueIguana Tequila Bar and the RedFrog Rum Bar. Everything about the pair screams “let’s take this outside!”
The tequila bar, a new addition to Liberty as part of Carnival’s Fun Ship 2.0 initiative, shares its mascot with the adjacent BlueIguana Cantina, and the RedFrog Rum Bar is a variation of the wildly popular Red Frog Pub, which made its debut on Carnival Magic.
First, I ventured to the cantina (open 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on port days, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on sea days and noon to 2:30 p.m. every day) and downed a chicken taco and a beef burrito with everything. (And let’s just say the list of toppings, from pico de gallo to lime-infused rice, isn’t small; you can also choose from fish and pork tacos, and chicken and shrimp burritos — all for no extra charge.) The taco shell, a soft tortilla made onsite with the help of a machine that produces up to 700 of the pancake-like flour wraps per hour, was better than the filling, but the burrito was excellent overall.
Later, I made pit stops at both of the bars and ordered one signature drink from each. This is how they stacked up:
At the tequila bar, I had Iguana’s Iced Tea, a mix of vodka, gin, rum, SoCo, apple Pucker, citrus, orange juice, a splash of soda and grenadine (but, ironically, no tequila). The concoction set me back $8.91 (including an automatically added 15 percent gratuity). I’m admittedly a bit of a lightweight, and for me, the drink was too strong, but at least I got my money’s worth.
At the rum bar, Red’s Rum Treasure, which includes rum, coconut rum, sprite, guava, pineapple juice and grated nutmeg, put a whopping $12.59 dent in my onboard bill (including gratuity). Price aside, it was far more palatable to my sensitive taste buds, but if you prefer drinks with more of a kick, go with the Iguana’s Iced Tea.
So, who wins? Honestly, it’s hard to say, so I’m calling it a draw. BlueIguana gets bonus points for having its own eatery and a lively Latin ambience, complete with bright decor. But Red Frog, which is a bit more relaxed and publike, boasts the U.S. cruise industry’s only custom label beer, Thirsty Frog Red, a very tasty ale, which can be ordered in glass tubes that give you 100 ounces of beverage and your very own tap.
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