Pop the bubbly because the world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas, is officially cruising from Miami, Florida. The massive 7,600-passenger ship has everything from the largest water park at sea to over 40 restaurants, bars, and lounges.
One of the new bars on the ship is Bubbles, a walk-up Champagne window tucked into the bustling Central Park neighborhood. Once you walk through the automatic doors into the open-air neighborhood, you’ll see more than 30,000 live plants and hear piped-in bird noises, giving the area the feel of a real park in a big city.
Bubbles is right across the path from Lou’s Jazz ’n Blues, a bustling bar with live music, and next to Park Cafe, which serves salads, sandwiches, and soups.
The mint-green bar and gold lettering of “Bubbles” stands out as you walk through Central Park. As you approach the bar, the the sound of Champagne corks popping gets louder. The walk-up window has a large back wall filled with glittering bottles and glasses that lure you in to use your drink package.
The menu here is small, with six different types of sparkling wine by the glass, ranging from cava and prosecco to sparkling rosé and brut Champagne. Prices run anywhere from $8 to $24 a glass, and you can purchase each of the varieties by the bottle, which will rack up your onboard account by $29 to $95. If you want to treat yourself, you can also get a bottle of Dom Perignon for $231.
Of course, there are also a few cocktails. The small list has three options, a mimosa, a Bellini, and a Garden Breeze, which is a tropical mix of rum, passion fruit syrup, lime juice, mint, and Domaine Chandon.
After you’ve had your fill of Champagne, Central Park also has a walk-up sushi window called Izumi in the Park. The quick-service spot features Japanese street food like bubble waffle cones, pork dumplings, and six different sushi rolls.
If you’re looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, the Beach Umbrella Bubble Cone is my top pick, with a vanilla ice cream base topped with sweet strawberry drizzle, rainbow sprinkles, and a festive cocktail umbrella all stuffed into a bubble waffle cone. No matter which bubble cone you get from the menu of five options, it will set you back $8. A small price to pay for a tasty treat that will make all of your friends back home jealous.
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