Yes! We Have No Bananas (Daiquiris)
Mango Daiquiri? Sure!
Strawberry Daiquiri? Of course!
Raspberry Daiquiri? Coming right up!
Peach Daiquiri? No problem!
Wildberry Daiquiri (whatever that is)? Absolutely!
How about a Banana Daiquiri?!?!
Yes! We Have No Bananas (Daiquiris).
First, let me start by stating that this is in no way a serious criticism, complaint or rant about Royal Caribbean. It is strictly in jest and really only intended for making my wife laugh and for living up to the reputation that I have with her for being completely nuts. In fact, I have nothing but total admiration and respect for the Royal Caribbean brand as a whole and especially for all of the hardworking crew members aboard her ships - especially Freedom of the Seas, which we have been on four times in the last two years. Also, I met my wife while on a Royal Caribbean cruise 18 years ago! So, needless to say, we love Royal Caribbean!
Okay, that being said; some of you may recall my previous post (Banana Daiquiri/Royal Caribbean Dining - May 16, 2016), asking about the possibility of my wife enjoying a Banana Daiquiri on our upcoming Freedom of the Seas cruise, in light of the fact that on the last voyage, we were told that there was some type of mysterious "Banana Daiquiri Embargo" and that the delicious tropical beverage could not be made. (It must have struck a chord with a least a few of you out there. After all, it has garnered 474 views, to date!)
Anyway, after some reassuring and optimistic post responses from Floski, WAAAYTOOO, and of course, Matt, I was able to convince my lovely wife that her national nightmare was lost likely over, and that she would be enjoying her favorite frozen cocktail in the Western Caribbean on our next Freedom cruise! (July 3rd, to be exact). However, I was wrong. So wrong.
I asked Lucian, at the Juice Bar, Roberto, at the Pool Bar and even Ross, in the Main Dining Room (all exceptional people and bartenders) - Why no Banana Daiquiris?!?! Unfortunately, as wonderful as they are, they could not come up with a logical explanation! Rather, I was once again inundated with vagaries and nonsensical information (totally not their fault) - "There is a worldwide shortage on banana mix," "We just don't buy it anymore," "There is a tax on the mix." Basically, no one could give me a legitimate reason why I could get any type of Daiquiri in the world on Freedom of the Seas (even Wildberry - whatever that is!) - except for Banana!!!
Strange, but true. I am dying to know why! Well, not actually "dying," but certainly curious to find out why! And since this post is now way too long, I will close by saying - I love Freedom of the Seas, but I would love her even more if my wife could just get a Banana Daiquiri on our next cruise!!! (Which, by the way, can not come soon enough!)