When you’re off on the holiday of a lifetime, the stopover is as important as the main cruise.
There’s nothing quite like a night on the town to get the party going either. Add a glass of bubbly or a cocktail or two and you’re away!
Bubbles in Miami
Miami has some great bars. Start at STK’s Magnum… to get a complimentary upgrade to a Magnum order a 750ml bottle of Veuve Cliquot.
If you’re an all-girl party, it’s worth visiting Tudor House and Highbar for happy hour between 5.30 – 7.30 pm on a weekday. You’ll be spoilt with unlimited free glasses of Champagne. Living the high life already!
Cocktails in Miami
Miami seems to tempt mixologists to constantly think up new drinks. Or just to reinvent previous well known ones.
SLS Hotel South Beach has the swankiest of cocktail bars called Bar Centro. Try their signature cocktail, a Salt Air Margarita or perhaps their reinvented Gin & Tonic or their liquid nitrogen Caipirinha. If you’re getting peckish, SLS does food to die for too.
Next stop Miami Avenue in Wynwood at Bloom. Get ready to sample something new as the barman here loves trying out new drinks.
The Cynar Cocktail at the Living Room on West South Beach will also surprise you. It’s a fusion of a smoky artichoke Italian liqueur with mescal, sweet vermouth and bitters.
Fancy a mix of vodka, elderflower, lime and cranberry? Then order a White Cosmo at db Bistro Moderne where the surprise will be the frozen orchid floating in this sea of alcohol.
Look cool at Fontainebleu and try a Dewar’s Smash a reinvented Mojito made from whisky with sugar, mint and lemon and topped up with soda.
Still standing? Try an Atlantico 75 at the St Regis. Bear in mind it contains rum, Grand Marnier, fruit puree, egg white and sparkling wine.
Places to be seen in Miami
Rok Bar on South Beach for live music and DJs taking you right through till 5am – don’t miss your ship though.
Cocktails in Orlando
If Orlando is your stop over then no worries as the bars and restaurants here also offer what they call Artisanal Cocktails i.e. ‘hand crafted using traditional and speciality ingredients’.
What about a Huckleberry Big Fin Martini at Big Fin Seafood Kitchen on Sandlake Road; a mix of vodka, blueberry puree and lemonade.
Or a Cabo Wabo Rita, a shaken cocktail served with salt made from fresh lime juice, Cabo Wabo Reprosado and cointreau. Find this at the Hard Rock Hotel on Universal Boulevard.
At Mama Della’s Ristorante you can enjoy a Baca Bellini, their signature cocktail: Prosecco, blueberry preserves, strawberry puree and rose syrup.
Another fruity example is a Berries & Bubble available at Ocean Prime on Sandlake Road. It’s a mix of Citrus vodka, blackberries, house sour and sparkling wine, Domaine ChandOn Brut.
There’s also a Margarita Bar at Downtown Disney and AMC MacGuffins for a dine-in movie with cocktails experience.
Places to be seen in Orlando
It’s got to be the Ice Bar in Orlando. It’s the biggest permanent Ice Bar in the world carved out of 50 tonnes of ice. Drink a Penguin Pizz clad in your thermal coat, gloves and scarf (supplied) and then warm up in the Fire Lounge and dance the night away to the resident DJs.
There’s no doubt that a night on the town will get your cruise and stay holidays off to a flying start. With a great choice of Florida villas we bet you can’t wait to get started.
Charlotte Rivington writes on behalf of Ocean Florida, actively blogs about Travel and Beauty, covering everything from the latest travel reviews to tasty treats.When she is free she loves going on a shopping spree,in search for the latest products as she writes away.