Live From Celebrity Summit: I’m Cruising Without Boozing (So I Tested 5 Mocktails Instead)

February 9, 2012 | By | 7 Comments

Take a stroll along the pool deck on most cruise ships and it would seem as though cruises and cocktails go together like bread and butter. So how do you get in on the action when you’re sporting a baby belly?
Being 23 weeks pregnant, I decided I was up for the challenge of finding out. Since boarding Celebrity Summit on Saturday, I’ve sampled alcohol-free versions of cruise favorites like the pina colada and strawberry daiquiri, and even had my first non-alcoholic beer.

Of course, some of my choices were better than others. Here’s the rundown:

The Drink: Non-alcoholic beer
The Venue: Rendezvous Lounge
The Verdict: I thought I’d find at least one alcohol-free brew at the recently rebranded Michael’s Club (formerly a traditional piano bar, Michael’s now serves more than 60 international and craft beers and has a sophisticated pub vibe). However, it doesn’t offer a single non-alcoholic option. I had to walk halfway across the ship to the Rendezvous Lounge to pick up an O’Doul’s. While palatable, it was distinctly watery, and my first will probably also be my last.
The Drink: Pina colada
The Venue: Poolside Bar
The Verdict: My poolside pina colada was tasty, but I still yearned for the splash of dark rum that topped off my husband’s alcoholic version – it made me miss the real thing.
The Drink: Strawberry daiquiri
The Venue: Poolside Bar
The Verdict: A virgin strawberry daiquiri definitely quenched my thirst after trekking around in the Caribbean heat. Celebrity’s version was much like a smoothie, sweet and fruity.
The Drink: Margarita
The Venue: Poolside Bar
The Verdict: A margarita is the way to go on a sunny afternoon. This poolside treat was tangy, with just the right amount of sweetness. The only thing I missed was the salt around the rim of the tequila-laden version.
The Drink: Fruity martini
The Venue: Crush Martini Bar
I found the best mocktail of the crop at Celebrity Summit’s new martini bar. I just asked the bartender to make me something sans booze, and he concocted a pretty pink drink of white grape juice, cranberry juice, sweet-and-sour mix and a lemon twist. Not only was it delish, but it looked exactly like what the other customers were drinking. And the best part? I was charged just $2 – less than any of the aforementioned libations.
Have you ever tried a non-alcoholic cocktail while cruising? Tell us what you thought in the comments below.
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    7 Responses to “Live From Celebrity Summit: I’m Cruising Without Boozing (So I Tested 5 Mocktails Instead)”

    1. Bud Harlow
      February 9th, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

      Sounds great

    2. Brian
      February 9th, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

      Some of the cold fruit soups we had in the MDR were pretty much like a booze-free cocktail. Yum!

    3. Sonya Sherow
      February 9th, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

      Thank you! I don’t drink for personal reasons, but your report makes me want to try the fruity drinks. Congratulations on to bundle of joy on the way.

    4. Cheri Rogers
      February 9th, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

      I don’t drink so I am definitely trying some of these.

    5. Steve Graham
      February 10th, 2012 @ 5:24 am

      Sounds great with a splash of rum or vodka :-)

    6. Kerry
      February 10th, 2012 @ 11:48 am

      When I was pregnant while cruising, I also had a virgin strawberry daiquiri. Very good! I also had a bottle of alcohol free champagne delivered to the room for sail away. Would even bring a glass w/ me to karaoke. Tasty!

    7. Jeffrey Davis
      February 22nd, 2012 @ 12:22 am

      Doesn’t non-alcoholic beer and champaign have a small amount of alcohol, anyway?

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