Royal Caribbean International’s guests have more reasons to raise their glasses. With the addition of a 48-bottle WineStation system, Royal Caribbean now boasts the largest of its kind, state-of-the-art automated wine serving system aboard both Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas cruise ships in the Vintages Wine Bar.
With the swipe of a SeaPass card, wine drinkers can sip, swirl and savor a world-wide selection using the automated WineStation intelligent dispensing system within Royal Caribbean’s signature wine bar.
“We pride ourselves on always seeking the newest and most effective solutions to provide our guests with an unmatched vacation experience,” says Bob Midyette, Director of Fleet Beverage Operations, Royal Caribbean International.
“The WineStation has become a very successful option to help our guests explore wines on their own, or with one of our knowledgeable, friendly and engaging wine tenders. We look forward to offering this on more ships in the future.”
The WineStation provides an inviting self-serve experience for travelers aboard Liberty of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas. The WineStation perfectly preserves wine for 60 days and keeps each bottle pristinely temperature controlled. The beautiful displays allow ship’s guests to explore 48 varieties not typically offered by the glass such as Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Caymus, Penfolds, Torres, and Robert Mondavi, in taste, half- and full-glass portions with the touch of a button. The easy to read LCD screens display the varietal, year and region, and the lit bottles encourage guests to experience the labels.
Adds Nick Moezidis, Co-Founder of Napa Technology, “A wine preservation system like the WineStation is imperative for any venue to have a competitive and cost effective wine program. We are pleased to partner with an industry leader who is committed to fine wine service.”
Royal Caribbean International’s Vintages Wine Bar offers guests a venue dedicated to wine education, enjoyment and entertainment allowing guests to explore a wide range of varietals from some of the best wine-producing regions in the world. Guests also can learn about different wines and their distinctive characteristics in wine tastings classes held in the venue.