The Norwegian Escape receives the “Award of Excellence” award from Wine Spectator


The main bartender of Norwegian Bliss has been named one of the Diageo Global Travel’s Best Bartenders


The cruise company presents the third season of the cruise program “Meet the Winemaker”


Norwegian Cruise Line has been awarded once again for its select beverage program on board. Norwegian Bliss’s main bartender has been named one of the 2018 Diageo Global Travel’s Best Bartenders and Cagney’s, the first-class steakhouse of Norwegian Escape, has been awarded the Wine Spectator magazine’s “Award of Excellence”.


The awards have been announced with a view to the third season of the company’s Meet the Winemaker cruise program, available on ships and itineraries selected from now until February 16, 2019.


Razvan Dorel Cordea, the head bartender of the brand new Norwegian Bliss, was one of three professionals in the cruise industry who received the recognition of “2018 Diageo Global Travel’s Best Bartender” and was a semi-finalist for the “2018 Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year. ” After successfully completing two challenges during the semifinals in Miami, Cordea will represent Norwegian Cruise Line in the world final to be held from October 5 to 8, 2018 in Berlin. Here, you will compete against 50 of the best bartenders in the world. This is the third time that Norwegian Cruise Line has had representation in this prestigious beverage competition.

Cagney’s carefully selected selection of wines aboard the Norwegian Escape has also been recognized with the “Award of Excellence” award by Wine Spectator magazine. Cagney’s, which is a favorite among passengers, is the classic American-style steakhouse of Norwegian Cruise Line, where top-notch meats are served that make diners mouth-watering and delicious side dishes including truffled chips with parmesan and caramelized Brussels sprouts. To accompany these luxurious dishes, the wine selection has been made to include more than 100 references from 30 countries around the world.


“Gastronomy has become a really important element when it comes to traveling today, so we are more committed than ever to offer exceptional dining experiences in the 16 ships in our fleet,” says Kevin Bubolz, Managing Director Europe de Norwegian Cruise Line.


The awards have been announced with a view to the third season of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Meet the Winemaker cruise program, which invites passengers to sail on selected itineraries aboard the Norwegian Bliss, the Norwegian Escape and the Norwegian Dawn to participate in interesting programs of private dinners and wine tastings, seminars and sessions to meet experts from the wine sector, including Salvatore Ferragamo, Rob Mondavi Jr. and Gerard Bertrand.


“Last season the success was such that we are very happy to be able to offer this series of incredible cruises that revolve around the world of wine,” says Mark Kansley, Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations of Norwegian Cruise Line. “It has been a great honor to collaborate with these outstanding visionaries of the sector and provide our passengers with an innovative gastronomic program as well as a unique cruise experience.”


Passengers have several opportunities to engage in conversations with winemakers and other experts through a variety of enriching seminars and activities that include open question and answer sessions and to meet experts. To enjoy a more intimate experience, guided wine tastings, dinner with pairing and educational seminars are organized in The Cellars, A Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar by the hand of the invited winemaker or the expert on board. Passengers will learn more about the wines highlighted through an interactive session in which they will share tasting notes and learn how to complement them better. The experience has vintage wines chosen by the expert and brought on board for these exclusive events.