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The 5 Best Ice Cream Shops at Sea

Crystal Cruises, Scoops Ice Cream Bar, Scoops Gelato Bar
Scoops Ice Cream Bar | Photo Credit: Crystal Cruises

One of the best ways to indulge while on vacation is with ice cream. Ice cream and gelato are sweet treats loved around the world, and a staple for many people on their summer vacations. Imagine grabbing a scoop of ice cream to enjoy poolside on a hot sunny day in the Caribbean; or satisfy your sweet tooth with an ice cream cone as you watch the glaciers of Alaska pass by.

Almost every cruise ship in the industry offers some sort of ice cream venue or options for guests to indulge in during their time onboard. From soft serve with sprinkles, to authentice Italian gelato- here are the 5 best ice cream shops at sea:

Celebrity Cruises, Cafe El Bacio, Gelateria, Gelato, Best Ice Cream
Cafe El Bacio Gelateria | Photo Credit: Celebrity
Cafe El Bacio Gelateria - Celebrity Cruises

Cafe El Bacio offers a relaxing space for guests to sit and socialize. Attached to the coffee shop with the gelateria with 10 flavors of ice cream, all made fresh daily onboard the ship. Guests can enjoy chocolate gelato, vanilla, pistachio, and many more incredible flavors on a cone or in an ice cream sandwich.

NCL, Norwegian Cruise Line, Dolce Gelato
Dolce Gelato | Photo Credit: NCL
Dolce Gelato - Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian offers authentic gelato on many of their ships at Dolce Gelato. Here guests can grab a dense and creamy, slow-turned gelato, made authentically. There are a wide array of flavors to choose from, and you can enjoy them on a cone or in a cup as you stroll along the upper decks, or relax by the pool.

Virgin Voyages, Lick Me Till Ice Cream
Lick Me Till Ice Cream | Photo Credit: Virgin Voyages
Lick Me Till Ice Cream - Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages offers 6 delicious flavors of ice cream on their ships at Lick Me Till Ice Cream. All the ice cream is made onboard the ship, and they even have vegan flavor options as well! And the best part is that Lick Me Till Ice Cream is open late into the night, making it the perfect option for a late night snack to satisfy your sweet craving.

Crystal Cruises, Scoops Ice Cream Bar
Scoops Ice Cream Bar | Photo Credit: Crystal Cruises
Scoops Ice Cream Bar - Crystal Cruises

An included option on your Crystal Cruise- Scoops Ice Cream Bar offer authentic Italian gelato and ice cream throughout the day. Guests can choose from an array of toppings from syrups, to nuts, to fresh fruit; and the waffle cones come in several varieties as well.

Royal Caribbean, Sugar Beach Ice Cream
Sugar Beach Ice Cream | Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean
Sugar Beach Ice Cream - Royal Caribbean

This specialty ice cream shop has a delicious menu of fun ice cream and topping combinations to choose from. Sugar Beach Ice Cream is the perfect place to grab a sweet treat for the whole family mid-afternoon after a day of fun in the sun. Indulge in the Chocolate Blackout topped with brownie pieces, chocolate drops, and Nutella drizzle; or go for the extra sweet Cookie Crunch Split with waffle and oreo crumble, chocolate sticks, and butterscotch syrup!

Booking Your Cruise

Now that you are ready to book your cruise and try out these ice cream spots for yourself, reach out to the experts at Harr Travel. We know the ships inside and out, and we have an amazing relationship with the cruise lines. Our advisors will craft the sweet vacation of a lifetime for you, your friends, family, or group at an exceptional rate, and give you the Harr Travel signature service every step of the way.

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