Wine-ing & Cocktail-ing On A Cruise
I’m one of those cruise ship vacationers that can hardly wait to see the next day’s itinerary slipped under my door at night. Literally plan my day by it. And it seemed to me that there is always a wine tasting or cocktail class offered, as well as the usual celebratory “Cocktail of the Day.” While the latter caters to some of the more party-animal guests of my youth, the former is a nice way to while away an hour or two learning about wine or spirits, as well as tasting them. Often with take-away materials – not just drinks!
I noticed that a mixologist I know, Rob Floyd, President and Founder Rx Liquid Chef (you may recognize him from the show Bar Rescue) had been sharing the classes he had been doing for Princess staffers on his social media recently. Rob had been teaching and filming bar teams to become “Star Teams” – purely for the enjoyment and enlightenment of the ship’s guests. In one post Floyd wrote, “By this time next year, we will have created live Cocktail Theatrical experiences running around the world – every hour of the day. Proud of this team!” Intrigued, I asked him to share more with élite readers.
“I think working with the Princess team has been one of the most exciting times of my career. The entire group from president Jan Schwartz to Gordon Ho and Barry White believe in delivering exceptional experiences for the guests and will stop at nothing to make it happen. It’s a very exciting and inspiring time,” Floyd began. “I also have the pleasure of working with brilliant people like Francois Leroix and Katy Harris in helping build a first of its kind immersive live interactive cocktail experiences. It’s linked with the “Medallion Class” and now rolling out across the fleet. I design all the cocktails to be inspired by destinations-so our guests can be inspired to visit new destinations or revisit ones they have experienced in the past. After all – A cocktail is never just a drink, but an experience. An adventure in a glass.”
Shopping ahead as I like to call it, for our own upcoming cruise, I noticed that under “Celebration Packages” I could reserve a Salty Sea Days Package that includes dinner and whisky flights for two, a bottle of Nicholas Feuillate Champagne, Chocolate covered strawberries and a three-rose arrangement in the Sweetheart’s Package and the Pamper Me Package at the spa included spa amenities as well as a bottle of Korbel Brut sparkling wine – and more.
Kathie Weitzman, Cruise Expert, A List Travel who happened to book my upcoming Princess cruise explained, “As a guest on an ocean cruise ship you will have an opportunity to participate in wine tastings, martini tastings and many of the cruise ships now have craft beer tastings for you to enjoy. Some of the major cruise lines have dedicated wine and champagne bars, as well. On European River Cruises the passengers get to experience the wines of the region in which you are cruising, such as a wonderful French Bordeaux in Bordeaux and an amazing Rhône wine in the South of France.”
If that’s not enough booze for you, there are always excursions off the ship, touring distilleries or wineries – depending on where your ship is headed, of course. For instance in Alaska we had onboard boozy activities but most off-board treks were to popular tourist destinations, but rest assured at the end of the day there is always something for the wine, beer or spirit lover – back on board.
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video (over 16k views), authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru and the Global Wine Awards. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits. You can also seek her marketing advice via Eve@EveBushmanConsulting.com
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