Royal Caribbean turns a coffee break into an iconic spot to sip the day away

Coffee cocktails at Rye and Bean on Royal Caribbean at Icon of the Seas
Coffee cocktails at Rye and Bean on Royal Caribbean at Icon of the Seas / Cristine Struble

While much has been said about Icon of the Seas extravagant experiences, over-the-top food and beverage offerings, and exhilarating entertainment, one spot invites guests to take that coffee break to a whole new level. Rye and Bean will have people skipping that other coffee stop for a more nuanced flavor.

When Royal Caribbean announced that Rye and Bean would be part of the Icon of the Seas bar program, the experience needed to be more than just a spot to enjoy an espresso martini. While that Kettle One Vodka cocktail is available on tap, it is the other beverages on the menu that have people lining up at the bar.

The Royal Caribbean beverage team has made a point of changing the conversation about cocktails on a cruise ship. While the various bars have a signature offering, it is more than just capturing a flavor or a vibe. It is about making every moment memorable.

At Rye and Bean, some people might stop by the bar to grab a beverage before enjoying a show at the AquaDome and others might prefer to grab a drink just to enjoy the view from a lounge. Even though the space around the bar itself is minimal, the flavorful cocktails and mocktails have people lining up to enjoy that specialty offering.

One of the reasons why Rye and Bean succeeds is the attention to detail in every cocktail, in particular the garnishes. For example, the highlight of the cocktail menu is the Chai Old Fashioned. The tea bag is not only a flavor enhancement but also a garnish. Combined with the cinnamon stick, the aroma is compelling. The warm spices feel comforting, inviting, and a touch invigorating.

Rye and Bean Chai Old Fashioned
Rye and Bean Chai Old Fashioned / Cristine Struble

The combination of tea and Woodford Reserve Bourbon takes the traditional Old Fashioned in a new direction. Whether a mid-afternoon treat or an after dinner drink, this cocktail is a highlight of the menu.

For coffee lovers, the simplicity of the carajillo and the boldness of the coffee boulevardier make them top choices. More importantly, it is the garnish that is included in each cocktail that highlights the experience. A twist spiralized into a perfect circle has people snapping a photo of that cocktail to share.

It is not just the cocktails that delight guests; the mocktails are equally enjoyable. From the Bajan Green Tea to the Coconut Cold Brew, those multi-layered beverages satisfy. From luscious and creamy to bright and floral, all the flavor expressions are on the menu.

While others might be searching for that pina colada or thirst for a zesty gin and tonic, Rye and Bean is the spot to toast to a perfect brew. Sometimes the unexpected libation is the one that is the most memorable.