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Carnival Australia announced it will be spending $500 million on its fleet of ships to upgrade food, entertainment and drinks.

As part of the upgrade, Carnival Australia will be spending $44 million on Carnival Spirit, including building the Alchemy Bar where cocktail mixologists will concoct drinks according to your taste.

The Alchemy Bar is an interactive space with a vintage pharmacy theme where guests use a prescription pad to select ingredients and watch the mixologists prepare it.

Vice President of Carnival Cruise Line Australia Jennifer Vandekreeke said the high quality of the ingredients and friendly interaction creates the perfect mix.

“Alchemy is a premium bar experience offering high-end cocktails which our guests have really embraced. They’re not rushing by for a quick drink on the way to dinner or a show, they’re lingering and enjoying the social aspect and the experience of having cocktails handcrafted for them using unique ingredients such as lemongrass, orange peel, homemade bitters and even freshly-made syrups like chipotle and pineapple,” said Ms Vandekreeke.

“Our onboard bars have always been great social hubs but Alchemy takes it to the next level with an intimate interaction between guests and bartenders who have been handpicked from across the fleet to work at the bar.”

Ms Vandereeke’s favourite cocktail is the cucumber sunrise which is made with Belvedere Vodka, Fresh Lime Juice, Monin Watermelon Syrup, Fresh orange juice and cucumber wheels.

“It’s my favourite cocktail because it’s light and fresh and perfect when you’re on a cruise.

The cocktails were developed by Eddie Allan who joined Carnival after a career as a mixologist and sommelier at some of the top restaurants and clubs in the United States.