Try A Mixology Class on the Disney Dream

The Disney Cruise Line is famous for the classic decor of its ships, the unique food program, Broadway style entertainment, and of course the wonderful Disney Characters. DCL's ships sail from ports around the world and Disney offers Port Adventures that combine quality and fun. But what's grown-up Guest to do on a sea day, or just one that they don't feel like getting off the ship? How about taking a Mixology Seminar!





Disney offers several fun classes and seminars for guests as part of their enrichment series looking to find fun things to see and learn right on board the ship. In February my daughter and I thought we'd brush up on our bar tending skills for back at home, so we signed up to learn all about Mixology.

My daughter Tori and I headed to the Skyline Lounge for a in the Disney Dream's adult entertainment area, The District. Located on Deck 4 this fun group of bars and clubs comes alive during the evening, but while the sun is up it's the place to jump into an enrichment class. When we walked into the small but intriguing lounge we were greeted by our host for the seminar, Aleksandar. Aleksandar is a friendly bartender on the Disney Dream, he had the confidence and easy way of talking to people that made him a perfect instructor.


Our Bartender and Seminar Host AleksanderOur Bartender and Seminar Host Aleksander


The bar was set up with all the tools and ingredients that we would need to make five different drinks, and chairs had been placed in the best place for us to observe. Alek first went over all the equipment that they used on the cruise ship, and how it differs from a bar on dry land due to regulation. For instance, they always have to hand crush the ice because they aren't allowed an ice crusher due to safety regulations.

During the seminar we learned how to measure a pour and got to try our hand at making a Captain's Mai Tai, Tequila Sunrise, Cosmopolitan, Mojito, and a B52 layered shot. I thought that the Mai Tai was terrific, but the Mojito made with agave nectar and shaken with lots of ice was my favorite! I've also heard of Guests making other cocktails in the Mixology sessions, so it can vary from cruise to cruise or even class to class.


Mojito Set Up With Mint and Lime For MuddlingMojito Set Up With Mint and Lime For Muddling

Tori Muddling Her MojitoTori Muddling Her Mojito


Taking the part in the Disney Cruise Line's enrichment series is a great way to meet people and make friends while you're cruising. I highly recommend it for any Grown-ups headed out on a kid-less trip. Tori and I kept running into some of the same people in our classes and around the ship, it was fun to be able to stop and chat awhile with them.

Mixology isn't the only way to learn about the drinks you love on the Disney Ships, they also offer wine and champagne tastings, martini classes, whiskey tastings, and a chocolate and liqueur pairing. Seminars can be booked at any time once you board the ship, but there is a limited amount of space to each, so be sure to book early if there's something you just can't miss. There is an extra charge for these seminars, and it can cost $20 - $40 per person depending on the products being served.


The Seminar Used Top Shelf ProductsThe Seminar Used Top Shelf Products

Cosmopolitan Straight UpCosmopolitan Straight Up


Oh hey - one last thing. If this class sounds like fun to you and you want to book it on your next Disney Cruise, be sure that you eat before your seminar starts. You get to drink all of the cocktails that you make, and it can be quite a bit of alcohol for one person.

Have you taken a Mixology Seminar on one of the Disney Ships? Leave a message in the comments and let us know what you thought!

RobynPrincess wrote on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 22:43:

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Thanks Kristen for this post! I really like the sound of the mixology class!

Kristen K. wrote on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 23:24:

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Glad you enjoyed it Robyn! We had fun and would totally do it again. :-)

Megan D. wrote on Thu, 05/26/2016 - 22:35:

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This is a super old post, so I don't necessarily expect a response. But I found this post in my search, and it is something right up my alley! My husband and I are going on our first Disney cruise with family this July, but we're the "child-less" ones, and looking for activities to do. How do you go about signing up for these classes? Can you do it in advance, or is it only available once you board?

Kristen K. wrote on Fri, 05/27/2016 - 15:42:

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Hi Megan!!

You can sign up for these classes onboard. They will be listed in your daily navigator, or you can stop by the Guest Services desk to see what is available. There is actually quite a bit for adults to do on a Disney Cruise! Have fun!!

Lance wrote on Tue, 09/27/2016 - 18:13:

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If you are part of a facebook group, the group can reserve a private mixology class. We did one on our previous cruise and the we're getting set up to do one on our upcoming cruise as well.

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