Cruise line to unveil coolest bar at sea
Friday 02 July 2010
Norwegian Cruise Line's new ship the Norwegian Epic will literally host the coolest bar at sea, the company confirmed this week.
The Epic has achieved a cruising first by introducing an on-board ice bar in partnership with SVEDKA Vodka so that guests can enjoy drinks in -8 degrees Celsius after a hot day on the deck.
The bar will be formally unveiled, along with the rest of the onboard attractions, at an inauguration ceremony in New York on July 2.
Epic's Ice Bar is created totally from ice, with ice tables, stools, glasses and walls which are lit by LED technology to simulate the arctic atmosphere of the Northern Lights.
It will serve cocktails made out of SVEDKA vodka and Inniskillin ice wine to guests, who will have to pay $20 for the privilege (which includes two signature cocktails).
Guests are given hooded coats and gloves, as the room is maintained well below zero to stop its ice sculptures - and fixtures - from melting.
Ice bars have become the new "must-have" for trendy cities since Absolut opened the world's first in the Icehotel Jukkasjarvi in Sweden back in 1994.
In 2002, the world's first permanent ice bar opened in Stockholm, followed quickly by outposts in London, Oslo, Copenhagen, Tokyo and the Icebar Orlando, which marked the concept's first move to the US in 2008.
Despite Britain experiencing its coldest winter for nearly 30 years during 2009-2010, the London Icebar reported a record period in January, a sign that ice bars retain a year-round appeal outside of their Scandinavian home.
Although as the Norwegian Epic is scheduled to sail the Caribbean and Mediterranean until 2012, it's probably not an issue.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
£240 - £275 per day: Investigo: Support the global business through in-depth a...
Negotiable: Ashdown Group: Data Manager - MySQL, Shell Scripts, Java, VB Scrip...
£27000 - £32000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Application Support Analyst - near S...
£23000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This successful group of compan...