Chances are, you’re not going to visit an ice bar if you’re in the Caribbean UNLESS you’re on the Norweigan Epic ship, which includes one of only 14 ice bars in the world: the SVEDKA Ice Bar.
It’s a little bit crazy, but we had to participate. I anxiously made our reservations, afraid that all of the spots would be sold out. The space is tiny – only about a dozen people can be in there at any given time. I needn’t have worried; not that many Caribbean-bound people are interested in subjecting themselves to a 17-degree Fahrenheit refrigerated room. But I couldn’t wait!
For $20, each person gets two SVEDKA vodka drinks served in cone-shaped ice. (Think snow cones.) But first, everyone dons a parka and gloves to enter the ice bar.
One member of our party was savvy enough to wear wool socks and shoes, but all of the girls in our group had on sandals. Still, we managed to stay inside for about 30 minutes — longer than most people, who barely manage to throw back two shots of vodka before they high-tail it back out into the heat. We were surprised to hear that, but not surprised that we stuck it out. We’re Midwesterners, after all. We’re used to cold weather. With or without Vodka.
I’ll tell you what, though. Standing in an icy room sipping icy drinks did make me realize one thing — I’m not so sure I want to stay at an ice hotel anymore. Even if it were in the Caribbean.
How about you? Ice bar – yay or nay?