Skyline – Around the World in 75 Minutes (or so)

Skyline is one of the most interesting bars I’ve seen on a ship. It doesn’t have ocean views or even windows, but it has a traveling atmosphere nonetheless.

It’s a small lounge, with wood trim like an exclusive club, but the showpiece is the seven high-tech windows looking out over a major city of the world. The “travel” aspect is that they don’t stick with one city. These windows can show five different cities: Paris, New York, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, and Hong Kong. Every 15 minutes or so, the city changes, and so does the room’s ambient music – to match the new city. In this photo, the featured city is New York.

 It’s dark in there – they keep the lights down – so it’s good that the menu is presented in a booklet like an ordinary menu, but when you open the booklet, the menu lights up. The Skyline presents signature cocktails for each of the countries featured in the “windows.”

The “Paris 75” features Grey Goose Citron Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Blue Curacao, Pineapple Juice,  a sugared Rim,  and a souvenir Glow Cube. 

The “Chicago Blues” is Jack Daniels Whiskey, Peach Schnapps, Cointreau, Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice, a sugared rim, and a souvenir Glow Cube.

If you’re not up for sugar or glow cubes, you can try a Metropolitan (Absolut Kurant Vodka, Cointreau, Cranberry Juice, Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice) or a Stiletto Manhattan (Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey, Amaretto, Almond Liqueur, Dry Vermouth, Orange Bitter) among others. The bartenders can also make any drink you prefer.

The room also features a digital fireplace, the first of its kind on a cruise ship. The photo doesn’t show it well, but there’s plenty of nice seating in front of it. 

And if you look really closely at the cities, it’s not that you’ve had too many martinis – at times you can actually see cars moving on the streets and people walking on the sidewalks. 

– Catherine Vienna

“Paris 75” and “Chicago Blues” photos from Disney Cruise Line News.


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