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Wine cruises come to the Caribbean

Hospitality Brands has completed the first Presidential Wine Club cruise in conjunction with Carnival Cruise Lines.
The cruise, which was held December 4 - 10, 2005 onboard Carnival’s newest ship, the Carnival Liberty, sailed from Fort Lauderdale to the Western Caribbean.

Onboard were hundreds of wine aficionados, representatives of the travel press, and renowned wine experts and wine makers who conducted a wide range of tastings and seminars. The cruise was personally hosted by Bob Dickinson, President and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines.

“This cruise was a lot of work,” notes Alan Abrams, Vice President of Wine Programs for HBI, “but it was truly a labour of love for all involved. We had a great time, and based on the feedback we’ve received, so did the guests and sponsors.”

“The first Presidential Wine Club Cruise was perhaps the most ambitious wine event ever held onboard a cruise ship,” says Edie Bornstein, Vice President of Business Development for Carnival Cruise Lines.

“With over a dozen events over six days, thousands of bottles of wine to serve and hundreds of participants, our shore-side and onboard teams worked overtime to pull this off. And by all accounts, they did.”


The Presidential Wine Club is the first wine club sponsored by a cruise line. Under the direction of Bob Dickinson, a renowned wine collector and expert, the goal of the club is to make wine fun and accessible to everyone, just as Carnival has done with cruising.

Although targeted at the guests and travel partners of Carnival Cruise Lines, any eligible adult can join the club simply by visiting