CELEBRATION, Fla. – With great attention to detail, the wine and spirits aboard the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream are as attention-grabbing as other notable features on these new Disney Cruise Line ships.
“From rare vintages of wine to inventive cocktails, craft beer and our own Champagne labels, we have many new tastes on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream for our guests to savor,” said Salah Chetbi, manager for Disney Cruise Line Beverage Standards & Consistency.
A special Taittinger Nocturne is the signature sparkling in Ooh La La, the Disney Fantasy’s Champagne-themed cocktail bar – with Jessica Rabbit from the film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit Roger” gracing the bottle. A special Taittinger Prestige Rose, with a pink elephant from the classic film “Dumbo” adorning the bottle, is the signature bubbly in Pink cocktail bar on the Disney Dream. Guests may purchase these limited-edition bottles to take home, exclusively on each ship.
In Remy, the haute cuisine French restaurant on both ships, the signature “Collette” cocktail is handcrafted tableside, expertly combining Taittinger Champagne and pear vodka, and garnished with the perfect proportion of fresh blueberry, dried apricot and mint leaf.
Remy features two wine lists: a special French list with nearly 200 wines from around the globe, mostly vintage French wines from nearly every region in France, and Remy’s Vault, a separate and exclusive list with rare wines from all over the world.
From Remy’s Vault, 22 wines are selected as the best of the best, presented by a white-gloved sommelier to diners in an elegant velvet box that opens like a book with each wine on a silver-plated plaque. The list includes a 1947 Château Cheval Blanc, a nod to the animated film “Ratatouille” (the wine requested by the movie’s food critic). Considered one of the best vintages in the world, a single bottle retails for $25,000. The list also includes a most notable 1961 Château Latour (in the film, one chef offers another a bottle of this exceptional vintage in hopes of learning his cooking secrets).
For Palo, a sparkling prosecco and a lush red Barolo both were exclusively bottled for the upscale, Italian-inspired restaurant. The wine list, with 99 percent Italian wines, focuses on all regions of Italy, with a wide selection of Super Tuscans and surprises like an Italian Riesling. Palo’s signature Balsamic Grande cocktail features vodka, a splash of 5-year-old balsamic vinegar and fresh muddled strawberries. For a special after-dinner wow, grappa is served in a jeroboam (4/5 gallon) bottle.
After-dinner libations include Rémy Martin Louis XIII Rare Cask, one of the most sought-after cognacs for connoisseurs, aged in centuries-old casks and served from an elegant Baccarat crystal decanter ($1,250 for a 1-ounce sip). Also for the Disney Fantasy, a single rare bottle of 43-year-old Camus Cuvee 4.176 Cognac, presented in an engraved Baccarat crystal decanter, is available for discerning guests ($145 for a glass).
In Europa (Disney Fantasy) and The District (Disney Dream), the ships’ nightlife district, a favorite spot for hand-crafted cocktails is upscale Skyline, where the bar backdrop features changing skylines from cities around the world. Drinks are themed to each of the cities and infused with fresh herbs and fruits, such as Barcelona’s El Conquistador, the Aphrodite from Athens and Florence’s Sogno di Cioccolato (Disney Fantasy); and the Paris 75, the Eco-Tini for Rio, Zen-Chanted for Hong Kong, Metropolitan for New York and the Blues for Chicago (Disney Dream).
Also in Europa (Disney Fantasy), O’Gills Pub features a red lager draft made especially for the pub, as well as its own private label Irish Cream and vintage Irish whisky. For a real treat, ask for the Blarney Stone Tasting flight with O’Gills Irish Cream, Kilbeggan Irish Whisky and Irish coffee. At The Tube, a dance club that draws its inspiration from London’s many train stations, the mixologist created six cocktails, including the “1863,” named for the year the train opened, crafted with vanilla vodka, Monster Energy and Imperial English breakfast tea. La Piazza, inspired by picturesque Italian cities and their plazas, has a bar menu that includes classic Italian drinks, such as sparkling Prosecco, Moretti Peroni beer, red and white wines, grappa, limoncello and after-dinner sips served with almond biscottis.
Also in The District (Disney Dream), 687, a pub named after the vessel number assigned by the shipyard to the Disney Dream, features “687,” an exclusive red lager. Malty and slightly sweet, it’s made with Noble hops grown in central Europe. 687 also offers a special cocktail, The Shipbuilder, made with grappa, limoncello, pear vodka, agave nectar and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Evian has teamed up with designers to produce limited-edition bottles (Christian Lacroix and Jean Paul Gaultier, for instance). The latest is Issy Miyake’s flower-emblazoned glass bottle, which is available in Remy.
Cocktails sans alcohol: for guests who prefer no alcohol (and for younger guests), mixologists have created new non-alcoholic cocktails. Many of the new cocktails are made with “better for you” ingredients, such as organic spirits, fresh fruits and herbs, and lower calorie no-sugar-added fruit purees. For instance, the purple basil lemonade mixes cranberry juice, sparkling water, lime and fresh basil; the mint tea punch is English breakfast tea, cranberry and pineapple juices, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar with a splash of sparkling water.
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