18 Most Unique Cruise Ship Bars in 2022

For many cruisers, one of the best parts of a sailing is finding a favorite bar and spending time there getting to know the bartender and fellow passengers. The quest for an ideal watering hole is made even more fun when the ship has unique options with well thought out themes, from the interior design often down to the cocktails themselves.

I love a fun and interesting bar, which is what led me to create this list of the best and most unique bars and lounges currently available at sea.

1. Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge

Ship: Disney Wish

Disney Wish is barely out of the gate, and we’re already hyped about the Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge onboard. To be honest, we’ve been psyched for it since Disney first revealed details last spring!

Styled as a luxurious spaceship, this themed bar offers signature beverages inspired by the Star Wars movies, as well as interactive tastings. Virtual “windows” offer glimpses into the vast galaxy, where patrons might catch famous spaceships fly by, and also visit locales like Batuu and Tatooine. As far as watering holes at sea go, this has to be one of the most unique ones thus far!

Check out the Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge menu here.

star wars: hyperspace lounge disney wish
(Photo via the Disney Parks Blog)

2. Alchemy Bar

Ships: All Carnival Cruise Line vessels except Carnival Paradise

If you’re a Carnival cruiser who likes a cocktail, you’re almost guaranteed to be in the Alchemy Bar fan club.

This vintage pharmacy-themed bar features a menu divided up into sections including “Energizing Elixirs,” “Relief For What Ails,” and “Passion Potions.” Cocktails are bright and refreshing, made with fresh herbs and other ingredients. If you’re not in the mood for anything on the menu, tell the mixologist what you’d like and they’ll stir up a custom concoction.

Check out the Alchemy Bar menu here.

alchemy bar carnival panorama
(Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

3. Sunset Bar

Ship: Celebrity Beyond

Technically a lot of Celebrity ships have the aft Sunset Bar, but none are as spectacular or large as the one on the line’s brand-new Edge-class vessel Celebrity Beyond.

For the first time, the ship features a two-story Sunset Bar, and it’s almost twice the size of the same bar area on other ships. Created by designer Nate Berkus and architect Tom Wright, the globally-influenced, upscale space features conversation alcoves, a pergola-covered entrance, and plush daybeds. It also seamlessly connects to the alfresco dining area of the Oceanview Café buffet below.

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(Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises)

4. Blue Eye Lounge

Ships: Ponant’s Le Laperouse, Le Champlain, Le Bougainville, and Le Dumont-d’Urville

Step into the Blue Eye Lounge, and you’re instantly transported into an entirely new world under the sea, literally — the whale’s eye-inspired space is below the water line.

The multi-sensory lounge features two portholes made of a whopping 18 layers of glass to view the ocean’s flora and fauna, as well as soft blue lighting to complement the underwater atmosphere. If you don’t see much out the windows, there are also cameras installed on the bow and aft, with images projected in this lounge — offering more opportunities to see things like dolphins racing the ship.

Hydrophones are also installed on the ship’s underwater exterior, with the receiving end of the audio in the Blue Eye so that guests can not only see some of the sea creatures, but hear them too. The lounge also includes what Ponant calls “Body Listening Sofas” — which discreetly vibrate in unison with the streaming aquatic acoustics.

The only drinks served in the Blue Eye Lounge are ones that can be poured or made quietly so as not to disturb the serene atmosphere. That means there’s no loud bar equipment — such as blenders or shakers — allowed.

To get a detailed look at Blue Eye Lounge, check out this video from Harr Travel on YouTube: