2020 winner

Cruise ships are the epitome of luxury travel, providing respite from a busy schedule and the opportunity to relax and unwind. A highlight of any voyage is the food and drink provided on board. The conditions of sea travel provide challenges for wine storage and service, and the sommeliers and restaurant teams that manage to maintain a high-quality wine experience deserve recognition. The category of Best Cruise Line / Ship Wine List enables Judges to highlight the most outstanding wine lists of vessels large and small. As with other restaurant settings, the lists are assessed by the criteria of breadth, depth, height, balance, selection, accuracy, originality, suitability, design, and value.

The World, Residences at Sea

The World, Residences at Sea is the largest private residential ship in the world, on which its residents can travel the globe. With a continuous worldwide itinerary the ship spans the globe every two-to-three years. The ship is a complete floating city equipped with high-end facilities and luxurious amenities offering residents the option to dine in one of the Ship’s six restaurants, or have a meal prepared in their own private residence, The World’s master chefs prepare global cuisine with the freshest local ingredients, unmatched passion, creativity, and enthusiasm. The ship has an extensive wine list of over 1,100 selections hand-picked from 19 countries and a wine cellar holding over 14,000 bottles. The World’s Beverage Manager and Head Sommelier welcomes select winemakers aboard the ship, where they discuss topics like wine production and pairing with the residents. When curating wines from new destinations the preferences and tastes of The World’s residents are a top consideration of the Head Sommelier. To extend the experience onshore, the Culinary Team often arranges exclusive visits and dinners at notable vineyards, some of which have not opened their doors to visitors in years. World of Fine Wine Judges noted ‘this is a great wine list throughout … they have done a fabulous job’ recognising that ‘logistics for a list of that calibre is never easy, let alone on a ship.’

Runner-Up - Best Cruise Line/Ship Wine List - 2020