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Mixology Class on a Disney Cruise

posted on May 20th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Over the past several weeks, I’ve told you about 10 of our guest-favorite beverage tastings on a Disney cruise. Now it’s time to talk about our seminar that gives you the chance to polish your own bar-tending skills!

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Our mixology class is like going through a mini bartender course – but way more fun! You’ll learn to create popular cocktails, making them first hand and then, of course, tasting them. During this seminar, the bartender will discuss ingredients and details of preparing cocktails, tell you about the proper glasses, teach you how to use the equipment, and much more. Some of the drinks you’ll learn to create could include a muddled drink like a mojito, a build drink like a margarita, a martini, a layered shot and a frozen cocktail.

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Skyline is just one of the themed venues we use to host this lively class. The personality of this space compliments the personalities of our bartenders who will be your expert guides during this fun experience.

To find out more about ways you can expand your adult beverage knowledge and give your taste buds a treat on your next Disney cruise, take a look back at my previous posts in this series:

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Beer Tasting on a Disney Cruise

posted on May 15th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


We’ve covered several of the tastings adults can indulge in on a Disney cruise, from wine and Champagne, to liquors and cocktails. Last but not least, I’ll tell you about our seminar on the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage, beer.

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In this tasting, the bartender will go through the interesting history of beer, the oldest alcoholic drink, and divulge fun facts about it. You’ll learn how to properly taste a beer and distinguish one from another, going through the different types, production methods and ingredients used. Beers tasted during the seminar could include ale, stout, wheat, imported lager and domestic lager.

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Our Irish pub onboard each ship is the perfect setting for this tasting. On your next visit, be sure to ask our expert bartenders about their favorite drink of choice!

Next week, I’ll conclude this series with our beverage seminar that is more than just a tasting. Check back to learn about our mixology class, which is like going through a mini bartender course! In the meantime, get up to speed on the seminars I’ve shared with you so far:

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Rum and Amari Tastings on a Disney Cruise

posted on May 8th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Next up in my series about the beverage seminars available for adults on a Disney cruise, I’ll tell you about two more of our fun liquor tastings – rum and amari.

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Rum Tasting

Rum was first distilled on sugarcane plantations in the Caribbean. A good amount of the world’s rum production still takes place on the islands we visit, making it a beverage of choice for cruisers on our tropical voyages.

As with our other liquor seminars, in our Rum Tasting you’ll learn about the history and production method of this spirit, along with different types such as dark, light, gold, flavored and spiced rum. In addition to tasting three rums straight, you’ll also learn how to make (and of course taste!) two delicious cocktails – Cuba Libre & Caipirinha.

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Amari Tasting

Amari, or in singular form amaro, are herbal liqueurs distilled in Italy known for their digestive qualities. As such, amaro is commonly enjoyed after dinner, served neat, although amari cocktails are becoming more and more popular.

In this tasting, you’ll learn about the production, origins, styles and flavorings of this Italian liqueur. You’ll taste five different types such as Ramazzoti, Limoncello, Strega, Cynar and Fernet. It’s the perfect introduction for those of you who have not yet indulged in this flavorful spirit.



To learn about other beverage tastings you can join on a Disney cruise, look back at my recent posts:

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Tequila and Margarita Tasting on a Disney Cruise

posted on April 30th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Salt or sugar? Blended or on the rocks? Many of you have go-to answers to these questions when it comes to drinking margaritas. And if you don’t, our Tequila and Margarita seminar is the perfect opportunity to taste test your preference.

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First, you’ll discuss the history and production methods of tequila, sipping brands such as Patron and Casamigos. You’ll also hear about types of tequila, including blanco (white), reposado (rested) and añejo (aged), learning and sampling the differences between each. Next up, you’ll taste both a classic and a modern margarita, deciding for both whether you want it prepared on the rocks, frozen or straight up.

I hope you’re enjoying my series on beverage seminars and making note of which ones you want to join on your next Disney cruise. If you missed any of my posts, take a look back at them:

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Chocolate and Liquor Tasting on a Disney Cruise

posted on April 24th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Looking for a new activity to do on your next Disney cruise with your love? Our decadent Chocolate and Liquor Tasting is a popular choice for couples and a fun way to indulge together.

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First, our sommelier will introduce you to the history of chocolate and its production method. Next, you’ll dive into pairing premium chocolate with alcoholic beverages. The sommelier will explain the way to taste white and dark chocolate, including melted chocolate, with wine, Champagne and scotch, explaining the reaction of sweet or bitter chocolate on the palate.

Up next, I’ll give you taste of our Tequila and Margarita seminar, another great date option for couples and a fun activity for friends.


For more about the beverage tasting experiences on a Disney cruise, visit the posts below:

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Whiskey and Cognac Tastings on a Disney Cruise

posted on April 17th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Now that I’ve told you about the wine, martini and champagne tastings you can join on your next Disney cruise, it’s time to talk about our whiskey and Cognac seminars. These tastings give you a chance to sample spirits aged to perfection, learning to appreciate their unique characteristics and tastes.

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Whiskey Tasting

Our Whiskey Tasting is for both those of you with experience drinking this spirit and those of you who are interested in making it your drink of choice. You’ll explore different types, including Scotch, Irish, Canadian and American whiskeys, learning what they are made from and the process of making them. The bartender will teach you how to properly drink whiskey and how to recognize its aromas and flavors.

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Cognac Tasting

What is Cognac, and how do you actually pronounce it? This seminar dives into these commonly asked questions and so much more, including the history and production method of this smooth drink. Like all fine beverages, there’s an art to tasting Cognac, which our bartender will thoroughly explain during this interesting experience. Some of the Cognacs you’ll sample could include Courvoisier, Hennessy and Remy Martin.

Now that I’ve shared seminars for all tastes, next week I’ll tell you about one that is perfect for couples…chocolate and liquor tasting!

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Martini and Champagne Tastings on a Disney Cruise

posted on April 7th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Last week I kicked off a new series to tell you about some of the beverage seminars we offer onboard as another way for adults to indulge on a Disney cruise. Today I want to tell you about our sophisticated Martini and Champagne Tastings.

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Martini Tasting

In our Martini Tasting, you’ll sample a variety of gin- or vodka-based cocktails, each one with a unique taste and method of creation. In addition to the Classic Martini, we’ll introduce you to specialty cocktails with a modern twist, like the Cosmopolitan or Apple Martini, and dessert drinks, like the Toblerone Martini or Chocolate Martini.

After an introduction to the history of the Martini, the bartender will explain the secrets and curiosities that evolve around the world of Martinis. How did the martini become so famous? Gin or Vodka? Shaken or Stirred? Olive or Lemon?

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Champagne Tasting

During our Champagne Tasting, our knowledgeable wine team will take you on a journey from France to Italy and all around the world with some of our best Champagnes and sparkling wines, like Moët & Chandon Imperial and Taittinger Prestige Rosé. We’ll also introduce you to the art of mixing traditional Champagnes and sparkling wines with liquor to make delicious Champagne cocktails.

Check back next week to learn about our whiskey and cognac tastings.

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From Stem to Stern Wine Tasting on a Disney Cruise

posted on April 3rd, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


If you’ve sailed with us before, you know that entertaining our adult guests is just as important to us as keeping the little ones happy. One of the ways we do that is through our adult enrichment series, including behind-the-scenes experiences and various seminars, like our beverage tastings.

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Over the next several weeks, I’ll give you a closer look at some of the sophisticated tastings you can join on your next Disney cruise, starting today with our “From Stem to Stern” wine event where a knowledgeable sommelier teaches you to sip like a pro. During this experience, you’ll sample wines from around the world. Our sommelier will tell you about the history of winemaking and discuss the production method and classification of five different types of wines.

If you’re new to wine tasting, this experience is a great introduction to the art of identifying the taste, aroma and character of wine. For the connoisseur, it’s the perfect way to indulge your senses and expand your knowledge. You’ll have the opportunity to savor the flavors of both Old World wines, such as those from France, Italy or Spain, and New World wines from the United States, Argentina, Australia or other regions around the globe. What’s more, you’ll get the chance to speak one-on-one with the Head Sommelier from Palo, our fine dining Italian restaurant, whose knowledge of wine will impress even the most distinguished guests.

We offer different beverage tastings on each ship and itinerary, and I look forward to telling you about more of them in the coming weeks. What’s been your favorite beverage tasting with us so far?

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Behind the Scenes: Three Michelin-Starred Chef Arnaud Lallement Discusses His Culinary Creations at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy

posted on March 9th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Last week, you heard from Chef Arnaud Lallement, advising chef at Remy, about his role with Disney Cruise Line. We are privileged to have him, a three Michelin-starred chef from France, work alongside the award-winning Victoria & Albert’s Chef Scott Hunnel to develop the menu at our premier fine dining restaurant on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream.

In this next video, Chef Arnaud talks through some of what makes the cuisine at Remy so unique and exceptional. A word of warning before you watch … your mouth is about to begin watering!

Recently I’ve shared with you some of the newest ways you can experience the unparalleled cuisine at Remy, beyond our leisurely dinner. Take a look back at my previous posts to discover our many fine dining options for your next voyage with us:

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A Look at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy Through the Eyes of Three Michelin-Starred Advising Chef Arnaud Lallement

posted on March 2nd, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


The ever-changing menu at our French-inspired restaurant, Remy, is created by two prestigious chefs, Scott Hunnel and Arnaud Lallement, who are both internationally known for their outstanding culinary creations. My guess is that many of you have enjoyed cuisine from Chef Scott Hunnel at the award-winning Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World Resort. But if you haven’t dined at Remy on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream yet, you most likely haven’t had the exceptional experience of tasting dishes developed by Chef Arnaud Lallement.

Today I want to give you the chance to hear first-hand from Chef Arnaud about his commitment to bringing the same excellence to Remy that you’ll enjoy at L’Assiette Champenoise, his Michelin three-star restaurant just outside Reims, France. He sails with us throughout the year to develop new menu items and work with the onboard culinary team, so I took the opportunity on his last visit to talk with him about his role at Remy. Take a look at this video to hear what he had to say …

Check back next week to hear more from Chef Arnaud about his inspiration for creating the exquisite cuisine that sets Remy apart from any other restaurant at sea!

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