I recall the first time I was introduced to Princess Cruises Bellini Bar concept. I was at Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Italy getting a sneak peek at the Royal Princess and Regal Princess cruise ships. As we were touring the under -construction Royal Princess ship spaces, it was then and there that the clouds parted and a ray of bright light shined upon the presentation board and table lined with Bellini cocktails, an Iconic Italian libation.
The Bellini, a classic Italian cocktail, was introduced in 1948 Venice at Harry’s Bar. This peach purée topped with Prosecco was created by Giuseppe Cipriani who named it Bellini due to the color, which reminded him of the Venetian painter Giovanni Bellini’s work.
Princess Cruises developed an entire space dedicated to this iconic Italian drink with a bar menu inspired by the Bellini, including a lineup of sparkling Prosecco cocktails. And of course, a variety of bubbly options to choose from, including higher-end Champagnes.
As described on the Princess Cruises website: “Sip a Bellini-inspired specialty cocktail, champagne or sparkling wine while watching the spectacle of street performers and live music unfold.”
During previous Princess Cruises experiences on Royal Class ships Regal Princess and Royal Princess, I enjoyed drinking more than a few Bellinis and glasses of sparkling wine before dinner or during a Piazza performance.
On our recent cruise, the first stop after boarding the Regal Princess and dropping our bags was a celebration toast to begin our week of relaxation. At Bellini’s, of course. And with our Princess Plus cruise package, a classic Bellini or glass of Champagne is included!
We sat at a table for two overlooking the Piazza and sipped our drinks while listening to the live band playing two levels below. It was fun to watch all the guests board the ship and see the excitement on their faces as we all began our Princess Cruises Western Caribbean cruise adventure.
Throughout the rest of our cruise on Princess Cruises Regal Princess, I frequented this venue more than a few times. It was a convenient stop while heading back to our stateroom, and I could easily order a glass of Champagne to enjoy on our balcony while gazing out at the Caribbean water.
Of course, while providing a wonderful space for making memories, Bellini’s also inspired a conversation with my husband about drinking this Italian sparkling cocktail in Venice, Italy….at Harry’s Bar. Now I’m off to research cruises with stops in Venice. While sipping this peach concoction, of course.