25 Best Carnival cruise drinks

25 Best Carnival Cruise Drinks – Cheers!

Whether you’re lounging by the pool or enjoying the ocean view, nothing says vacation like a delicious cocktail, especially the tropical flavored ones. We have put together a list of what we think are the best Carnival cruise drinks. You are gonna want to make a list for your next cruise.

Many of the below can be made into non-alcoholic beverages.

I’m not saying you should have all of these drinks on your next cruise vacation. Please drink responsibly, it is meant only to give you an idea of something new to try and to remind you of some old favorites.

Carnival cruise drinks you will want to try

Twilight Zone

This one not only looks great, it tastes great. It is definitely a sweeter drink.

It is made with Bacardi rum, melon liqueur, Blue Curaçao, coconut cream and pineapple.

Twilight zone tropical cocktail

Kiss on the Lips

While it can feel odd saying “Can I please have a kiss on the lips”, the drink is worth it.

This is a blend of mango purée, Peach Schnapps, and grenadine.

Kiss on the lips tropical beverage at a cruise ship bar

Miami Vice

This is the perfect drink when you can’t decide between a pina colada and a strawberry daiquiri as it’s half of each. This is a rum based drink.

Miami Vice on a Carnival cruise

Frog’s Paradise

This green goodness is on the Red Frog Rum Bar menu.

Frog’s Paradise is made with Brugal Añejo rum, Malibu coconut rum, Blue Curaçao, pineapple juice, citrus, and a splash of Starry.

Frog's Paradise is one of the best Carnival cruise drinks

Sex on the Beach

Stoli Vodka, Peach Schnapps, orange juice and cranberry juice make this one fruity and delicious.

Sex on the Beach - one of Carnival cruises best drinks

The Cruiser

I tried The Cruiser on the last Carnival cruise ship I was on (the Panorama), and was wishing I had tried this one sooner. It’s very tropical and very yummy.

It is a mix of Stoli Vodka, Malibu coconut rum, Peach Schnapps, cranberry, orange and pineapple juice.

The Cruiser a Carnival cruise drink

Blue Hawaiian

I prefer the frozen Blue Hawaiian much better than the mixed version.

This tropical beverage is made with rum, Blue Curaçao, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice.

Frozen Blue Hawaiian cocktail on a Carnival ship

Bahama Mama

A Bahama Mama is a tropical drink made with Flor de Caña rum, Malibu coconut rum, grenadine, orange and pineapple juices.

Bahama mama

Cucumber Sunrise

This is a popular crafted cocktail from the Alchemy Bar.

This light and flavorful drink is made with watermelon nectar, muddled cucumber, fresh squeezed lime juice, and a splash of orange juice.

Cucumber sunrise

The Remedy

This is another one of the specialty cocktails from the Alchemy Bar.

The Remedy is a combination of Myer’s Dark rum, Malibu coconut rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, and fresh lime juice.

The Remedy drink from the Alchemy Bar

Ocean Drive

This beautiful blue cocktail is from Bar 820 on the Carnival Celebration. Other Carnival ships likely will have it as well.

The recipe for this one is Bacardi limon rum, Blue Curaçao, white cranberry juice, and lime.

Ocean drive drink from Bar 820 on Carnival Celebration

Mango Swirl

This frozen beverage is on the Serenity bar menu. It is Bacardi rum, pina colada, and mango mango purée.

Mango swirl Carnival cruise beverage

Blue’s Blue Margarita

If you like margaritas, try Blue’s Blue Margarita from the Blue Iguana Tequila Bar. It is a combination of Trombo Blanco tequila, Blue Curaçao, simple syrup and lime juice.

Blue's Blue Margarita

Caribbean Colada

Flor de Caña rum, Bacardi 8 rum, banana, coconut and pineapple make up a Caribbean Colada. Find these at either poolside bar.

Caribbean colada

Watermelon Crush

I found this drink on the menu of the Watering Hole on Carnival Celebration.

A watermelon crush is made with Tito’s vodka, fresh lemon juice, watermelon syrup, and fresh watermelon.

Watermelon cruise drink


If you are looking for a refreshing classic cocktail try a mojito from the Havana bar. A mojito is made with Bacardi Limon, fresh lime, muddled mint, and club soda.

Mojito from the Havana bar

Carnival Cosmo

I found this to be quite a strong drink, actually almost too strong for me. Skyy Vodka, Limoncello, and cranberry juice make up the Carnival cosmo.

The Carnival Cosmo, a good Carnival cruise drink

Berry Sangria

This one surprised me. I am not a huge fan of red wine but wanted to give it a try and I absolutely loved it.

They use Beso Del Sol red wine, pomegranate liqueur, and blackcurrant syrup.

Carnival cruise's berry sangria

Pina Colada

You can’t have a list of the best Carnival cruise drinks and not mention the good ol’ pina colada. This coconut tasting frozen tropical cocktail from a pool bar is often my first drink on embarkation day. It is a rum based drink that is the perfect kick off to a cruise vacation.

Pina Colada drink on a Carnival cruise towel

Restorative Basil Drop

This is another concoction from the Alchemy bar. While drinks from the Alchemy bar are more expensive, they are high quality and delicious.

A restorative basil drop is made with Ciroc vodka, fresh basil, simple syrup, and fresh citrus.

Restorative basil drop drink from the Alchemy Bar

Perfect Storm

This is found on the Alchemy bar menu. Captain Morgan spiced rum, Bacardi rum, strawberry purée, fresh lime, and a rosemary sprig complete this cocktail.

The great thing about the Alchemy bar drinks is that all the ones listed here come in a non-alcoholic version. They use Lyre’s spirits, which are non-alcoholic spirits in place of the alcohol mentioned. They are so delicious. It is a great option for those who can’t drink, choose not to, or want to mix in some mocktails with regular drinks.

Perfect storm cocktail from the Alchemy bar on Carnival cruise line

Mango Magic

Mango magic is a frozen beverage made with Bacardi rum, Captain Morgan spiced rum, mango and citrus.

Mango magic drink on a Carnival cruise ship

Blended Caribbean Rum Cream

I tried this dessert like cocktail at the Red Frog Pub on the Carnival Radiance. It is a delicious blend of Kahlua, Irish cream, chocolate liqueur and Bacardi rum.

Caribbean rum cream cocktail

Strawberry Daiquiri

This is a classic Carnival cruise drink that many are probably familiar with but it still deserves a mention. Bacardi rum, strawberries, simple syrup, and citrus make up this frozen cocktail.

Strawberry daiquiri

Craft Beers

Select Carnival Cruise Line ships have a brewery on board. They offer brewery tours in addition to beer flight samples (extra cost). Give the craft Parched Pig beers a try.

Carnival craft beer flight

Carnival cruise drink costs

If you choose to purchase individual drinks, the cost varies per drink. You can expect to pay $12 – $12.75 for most of these drinks. Alchemy bar drinks are currently $14. These rates are plus the automatic gratuity of 18%. Rates can obviously change.

The other beverage package Carnival has is the Bottomless Bubbles package, this is their soda package.

I hope this list of the best Carnival cruise drinks has helped you get excited about your next cruise vacation.

25 Best Carnival cruise drinks