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Hey all you experts that imbibe at the Martini Bar! yes you! :D

 

After hearing all the good sounding Martini's that they have at the Martini Bar, We would like to try some on our first Celebrity Cruise (Infinity) in August. Is it possible to go to the "Martini Tasting" that we heard is on the first night, and still be able to walk to dinner? Do they make them fairly weak? The only Martini I ever drink is usually ONE, or more rarely two, "Bombay Sapphire" or "Tanqueray" on the rocks with an olive. I would hate to be part of that saying "One Martini, Two Martini, Three Martini------Floor". Thanks in advance for your informative, and I am sure humorous replies.

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Hey all you experts that imbibe at the Martini Bar! yes you! :D

 

After hearing all the good sounding Martini's that they have at the Martini Bar, We would like to try some on our first Celebrity Cruise (Infinity) in August. Is it possible to go to the "Martini Tasting" that we heard is on the first night, and still be able to walk to dinner? Do they make them fairly weak? The only Martini I ever drink is usually ONE, or more rarely two, "Bombay Sapphire" or "Tanqueray" on the rocks with an olive. I would hate to be part of that saying "One Martini, Two Martini, Three Martini------Floor". Thanks in advance for your informative, and I am sure humorous replies.

They give you five small glasses with a small portion in each. I've never seen anyone being carried out of the bar yet.

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The tasting gives the the equivalent of one martini in tasting the five different martinis. No problem getting to dinner!

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In order to protect its well-deserved reputation as one of the best bars anywhere, the Martini Bar on a Celebrity ship will NEVER make a weak martini, even on request. In fact, the martinis in this bar are actually doubles. If you can't drink all of your drink I'm sure someone will be glad to help you.

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as it features the Martini man from each ship making his magic & all get a FREE martini with the food samples. But the samples are 2 oz (or a bit more) but nothing like the $8 size at the bar.

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as it features the Martini man from each ship making his magic & all get a FREE martini with the food samples. But the samples are 2 oz (or a bit more) but nothing like the $8 size at the bar.

 

Just got off the Mercury and it is now the $8.95 size:eek:

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do they do the martini tasting on all the ships?? i did not hear about this and i am a big martini fan. i think that Erol in the rendevous on century makes the best cosmo ever.....

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as it will be $10 by November, as it is the best area for drinks on the ship & the entertainment that goes with it makes for the cost. When you are that well known, crowded, etc then go for the bucks!!!!

 

I plan to get Grey Goose on Summit in my blue bag from the closet at the duty free shop, then have room service deliver us some Hwaiian goodies as pineapple juice & cranberry juice with vodka to make Bay Breeze and grapefruit juice with cranberry juice & vodka for Seabreeze. These were a real treat to Mai Tai during our 2 hours of FREE booze everyday at Embassy.

 

Just got off the Mercury and it is now the $8.95 size:eek:

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I have never been a martini drinker, can't stand the taste of gin. But on my last cruise they were giving away a very cool martini glass with the martini of the day and my oh my oh my, a lush was born!! :)

 

I won't tell you how many of the special glasses we brought home, or how many martinis I got without the special glasses, but let's just say I drank more on this cruise than all the other cruises put together!!! :D :D :D My favorite one was called the Lemon Meringue.

 

Look out Millennium, here I come!!

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In the last 16 months, we've been on the Summit, Celebrity, and Horizon and all three had the martini tastings. You receive five small martinis for a total of $5.00. The martinis are not weak at all, but are probably 1-1/2 to 2 ounces each, as opposed to the monster double-martinis usually served in the Martini Bar. But these, even at $8.95 each are less than what you would pay for the same thing in most bars and restaurants in the U.S. It seems like the martini tasting was always held on the first night around 7:00 or 7:30 and lasted a couple of hours. On our first trip, my wife didn't care for most of hers, so I had something like four of hers and still had no trouble navigating in to the dining room for dinner. A couple of times, later in the cruise, I had three of the monsters before dinner and have to admit I was negotiating my way to dinner very carefully.

 

Each of the martini tastings we've attended had a different mix of martinis. Usually they had one "classic" one with gin and vermouth and four "martinots" (cocktails served in a martini glass) To the purist, the word "martini" should only be applied to a drink containing gin, vermouth and a garnish. If you're interested in learning all there is to know about martinis, go to Zigy's Martini Lounge. Zigy's Martini Lounge The message board has some very lively discussion on what is and what is not a true martini.

 

Unfortunately, with each martini tasting, my wife finds more and more she likes and is making me just drink my own. It's a little disconcerting, though, when you're sitting at a small table with your paramour, and there are ten martini glasses sitting in front of you. That feeling lasts for at least 30 seconds. :cool:

 

By all means, attend the tasting and learn what you'll be loving for the rest of the cruise.

 

Allen

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Thanks everyone for your imput! :)

 

MACOP: OMG, now I will have to add the Cooking Demo. to my list of top priorities. The others besides the Martini bar, are the T-Pool and the Persian Gardens!

 

Allen: Thank you for filling me in on a lot of the details, especially the time that they have it! I will remember not to have more than one "monster", although if I have one that big, I may not remember not to have another. :D

 

Desertbelle: Lemon Meringue! Oh my, that sounds wonderful! I also want to try the Vanilla, Creamy Chocolate, and Berry, and Apple, and, and, and---Maybe I better not start! If something tastes good and does not have a strong alcohol taste, I have to remember that they can still be potent. This happened to me one time with Maitai's.

 

Rita

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hmmm:eek: then there is the "she drank ONE too many" and did get sick. Not from those little samplers, from the BIG CHOCOLATE one she mixed after those small ones and THEN Wine with dinner.

 

But, she was all better by the next evening's dinner:D

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hmmm:eek: then there is the "she drank ONE too many" and did get sick. Not from those little samplers, from the BIG CHOCOLATE one she mixed after those small ones and THEN Wine with dinner.

 

But, she was all better by the next evening's dinner:D

 

Lois that is just too funny! I think by now I have learned my lesson. I hate getting sick, :eek: and with me I usually get sick before I get drunk. BTW, how did you know that I like a glass of wine with dinner! :D

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Hey Lois, John and Sue, and Rita!

 

It truly is the second martini ( or first big girl/boy size after the tasting samples) that gets you into trouble. I had a similar incident to Lois, but stopped after my first glass of wine at the dinner table, so managed to make it through dinner that night. It wasn't, however, a late night for me. Straight form the table to the stateroom, and next thing it was 7:00 a.m. I'd like to blame the swaying on the movement of the ship, but John and Sue were at the next table, so they'd rat me out! Actually such a smooth crossing that if you saw anyone swaying, you knew the culprit was Sudie, the bartender in the Martini Bar.:D

 

And don't worry everyone, I'll be on the cruise with Rita, and have volunteered to take her under my wing at the Martini Bar (and drink the Vodka samples she doesn't want!)

 

Andrew

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is it always the first night at 7:30. i am normally eating at that time but i dont want to miss this.

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is it always the first night at 7:30. i am normally eating at that time but i dont want to miss this.

 

I think it lasts at least until 9:00... maybe later. Anyone who has had early seating know for sure?

 

Allen

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Hi all- found someone who posted the dailies from their Millie cruise and believe the martini tasting was at 5:30 pm. the first day. My favorite was the "Dirty Mop" made with Blavod vodka. :rolleyes:

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My favorite was the "Dirty Mop" made with Blavod vodka. :rolleyes:

 

And if you've ever wondered how that one got its name, you've only to see the finished product... (Anyone have a photo? It really looks like a conglomeration of colors you'd find in the bucket!!!! I ordered one once because it sounded intriguing!)

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Hi:) I don't think the Martini tasting last 1.5 hours:eek: but then again, look what happend to me;)

 

I really don't think it lasts till 9 though. I always have late seating and I think it was over before then. Allen, have you and your wife been? It is fun. Next time, no BIG ones for me, not after the tasting!

 

Renorita, I LOVE wine with dinner.

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Is it possible that there are two tasting times - one for the early seating (7:30 p.m.) and the other tasting at 5:30 for the late seating?

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Hi:) I don't think there is anyway the early seating could have a tasting at 7:30, their dinner begins at 6:15 or 6:30, that would be a real EAT AND RUN:eek:

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Hi:) I don't think the Martini tasting last 1.5 hours:eek: but then again, look what happend to me;)

I really don't think it lasts till 9 though. I always have late seating and I think it was over before then. Allen, have you and your wife been? It is fun. Next time, no BIG ones for me, not after the tasting!

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Lois, we've been to the tasting on the Summit, Constellation, and Horizon. Each time it was before our late seating, but it seems like when I called the purser to ask about the times they told me from about 7:00 or 7:30 until "around" nine. They may just play it by ear, depending on how many people are in the bar at the time. Those cute little martinis sure were good, though. (hic)

 

Allen

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Ok, I am mixed up then. For some reason, I remember going on the Constellation about 5:45 and a bunch of people were already seated!!! I was not dressed for dinner during the tasting but some people were! So both dinner times were represented:D

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I just found the Compass from our most recent Celebrity sailing last October, and it lists the Martini Bar's Tasting as being from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m., with a fee of $5.75. On the Summit and the Constellation, I don't think they listed it in the Compass. I had heard about it on these boards, and had called the purser to get the times shortly after we boarded. Hope this helps. I guess early diners would have to catch it right after they finished eating. Isn't the early dining usually finished by around 7:30 or so?

 

Allen

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I just dugout my first-day's Compass from the Constellation last summer, and it lists the Martini Tasting as being from 5:30-8:30, with a $5 fee. I can't find my Summit first-day Compass with the schedule, but I'm almost certain it wasn't listed as an activity. I remember searching everywhere for it and then having to call the purser to get the information. It's also possible thatthe hours were more limited when the concept first began, and as it has proved very popular, they have expanded the hours and are advertising it more. On the Summit in November 2003, it wasn't mentioned. On the Constellation in July, 2004, it was just listed along with the other activities, and on the Horizon in October, 2004, it had it's own 1/8-page advertisement. So, I guess we're ALL correct! :) Looking at those Compasses is making me ache for another cruise before July.

 

Allen

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Hey Lois, John and Sue, and Rita!

 

It truly is the second martini ( or first big girl/boy size after the tasting samples) that gets you into trouble. I had a similar incident to Lois, but stopped after my first glass of wine at the dinner table, so managed to make it through dinner that night. It wasn't, however, a late night for me. Straight form the table to the stateroom, and next thing it was 7:00 a.m. I'd like to blame the swaying on the movement of the ship, but John and Sue were at the next table, so they'd rat me out! Actually such a smooth crossing that if you saw anyone swaying, you knew the culprit was Sudie, the bartender in the Martini Bar.:D

 

And don't worry everyone, I'll be on the cruise with Rita, and have volunteered to take her under my wing at the Martini Bar (and drink the Vodka samples she doesn't want!)

 

Andrew

 

Your secret is safe with us, NOT:D

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When people say it's the first night, does it mean the very first night onboard, or the night of the first day out?

 

On our cruise on the Millennium in June, we embark one day and don't sail from Venice until the next night.....which night will it be? I don't want to miss it!!

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When mom & I went last year, it was the night that you first arrived on board. We had 2nd seating dinner, so our tasting was in the early evening. It was great, and we enjoyed it so much we went to the Martini Bar either before or after dinner every night of the cruise. It was especially great on formal nights to be all dressed up sitting and sipping a lovely martini.

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Hi:) It is the day you sail. Well, it was for me on Mercury and Connie.

 

And I agree with you Leela~I ended up (along with a group from our Roll Call) having drinks before dinner every night on Constellation! It was marvelous:D The Martini Bar is THE Place be on that ship!

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Hey Lois, John and Sue, and Rita!

 

It truly is the second martini ( or first big girl/boy size after the tasting samples) that gets you into trouble. I had a similar incident to Lois, but stopped after my first glass of wine at the dinner table, so managed to make it through dinner that night. It wasn't, however, a late night for me. Straight form the table to the stateroom, and next thing it was 7:00 a.m. I'd like to blame the swaying on the movement of the ship, but John and Sue were at the next table, so they'd rat me out! Actually such a smooth crossing that if you saw anyone swaying, you knew the culprit was Sudie, the bartender in the Martini Bar.:D

 

And don't worry everyone, I'll be on the cruise with Rita, and have volunteered to take her under my wing at the Martini Bar (and drink the Vodka samples she doesn't want!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew

 

Hey, with friends like Andrew who needs enemies! :p Better be careful or I will tell everyone on this thread about your Jacuzzi/Bubble bath story!! Well actually I don't know it yet, but he promises to tell us if he has a couple of Martini's. Heh Heh!

 

Lois: I would be honored to meet you and share a glass of Wine or a Martini, or both!!! :)

 

Phil: Do they really have Creme Brule Martini's? Oh,Oh,Oh! this is only going to be a six night Cruise, should have booked a 14 nighter! :)

 

Please don't tell me whats in the Dirty Mop Martini, because my imagination alone may help me resist THAT one at least. Gosh, all of these plans and my DH doesn't even know about any of this. It is to be a Surprise for his birthday, and that isn't until June 23rd! Then we will still have over two months to wait, OH the Agony! :eek:

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a Drop Dirty Mop Martini. WOW!!!! If you are interested in this killer drink:

Dirty Mop

Blavod vodka, Blue Curacao, Passoa, Orange Juice, Cranberry Juice

 

Hey, with friends like Andrew who needs enemies! :p Better be careful or I will tell everyone on this thread about your Jacuzzi/Bubble bath story!! Well actually I don't know it yet, but he promises to tell us if he has a couple of Martini's. Heh Heh!

 

Lois: I would be honored to meet you and share a glass of Wine or a Martini, or both!!! :)

 

Phil: Do they really have Creme Brule Martini's? Oh,Oh,Oh! this is only going to be a six night Cruise, should have booked a 14 nighter! :)

 

Please don't tell me whats in the Dirty Mop Martini, because my imagination alone may help me resist THAT one at least. Gosh, all of these plans and my DH doesn't even know about any of this. It is to be a Surprise for his birthday, and that isn't until June 23rd! Then we will still have over two months to wait, OH the Agony! :eek:

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Hi folks, thanks Phil;) didn't want any food to go to waste.

 

Renorita, what happened was, I had to leave the table after taking one bite of my dessert (creme brulee). At that point, all the drinks and the sweetness of the food decided to make the entire ship rock for me. It was kinder for everyone if I left~nicer for all of us. Went back to the cabin, got sick, and went to bed.

 

So, Phil finished my dessert.

 

But in fact, they DO make a Creme Brulee Martini.

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Hi all - my partner and i discovered the martini bar on our first Celebrity cruise last Sept on Mercury. It certainly was the place to meet before dinner. And i can confirm - as a hardened martini drinker - that Celebrity know how to make a good martini - strong too; two flirtinis (our fav) and wine with dinner is a great way to guarantee an early night and plenty of sleep.

 

We are just five weeks away from our next cruise - this time on the Summit. I assume the martinis will be as good and the bar as popular...

 

ian

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How many martinis do they offer? Let me go check the menu that I took home from last year's cruise because I was so impressed...

 

35 (on the menu). I bet the bartender can invent more, too.

 

Shall I list them?

 

Sure, why not?!

 

Citrus Martini

Melon Martini

The "Chocolate Kiss"

Watermelon Martini

Martini Limon'

Fancy Saketini

TIffany Martini

The "Original" Vodka Martini

Van Gogh Flirtini

The "Magic" Martini

Le "French" Martini

Vanilla Martini

Vodkatini

Belvedere Startini

The Century Martini

Cosmopolitan

Apple Martini

Bloodytini

Peach Martini

Goose Kiss

Fifty Fifty Martini

Creme Brulee' Martini

Martini Delight

Mad Melon Martini

Blueberry Martini

The Classic Gin Martini

The Dirty Martini

Bellini Martini

The "Gibson"

Caribbean Sunset

Gimlet

Alize Gold Passion

Chocolate Vanilla Combo Martini

Apple-licious Combo Martini

Fruity Grand Combo Martini

 

How do I choose? Well, the tasting the first afternoon helped, and then I would tend to coordinate the color of my martinis with what I was wearing!! I couldn't even tell you which one my favorite was, because there were so many good ones.

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