Cruise Critic Hosts the First-Ever Consumer Vote in the 9th Annual Bacardi Cruise Competition

  Cruise Critic Hosts the First-Ever Consumer Vote in the 9th Annual Bacardi
                              Cruise Competition

Contest to name the best bartender at sea

PR Newswire

PENNINGTON, N.J., June 9, 2014

PENNINGTON, N.J., June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Cruise Critic, the world's
largest cruise website, has partnered with Bacardi's Global Travel Retail
Division to host the consumer voting portion of the 2014 Bacardi Cruise
Competition. Voting will take place on CruiseCritic.com through July 16, 2014.

Bartenders from cruise and ferry lines across the globe compete for the title
of "Bacardi Bartender of the Year" by developing travel-inspired cocktails
using Bacardi's extensive family of brands. The list of applicants has been
narrowed down to 25 semi-finalists, representing five lines -- Carnival Cruise
Lines, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean
International and Tallink & Silja Line. Of those, five finalists will be
chosen by Bacardi judges, and the sixth will be chosen by Cruise Critic's
international community of cruisers and visitors to the site.

Now in its ninth year, this is the first time the competition is reaching out
to consumers to vote for their favorite bartenders and cocktails. In addition
to online voting, a handful of cocktail mixology sessions will be held on
select cruise sailings, as part of Cruise Critic's popular onboard Meet &
Mingle member events.

"For this year's competition, it was important for us to reach out to those
who benefit first-hand from the talents of our semi-finalists – the cruisers
themselves," says Zachary Sulkes, Regional Manager of Bacardi Global Travel
Retail Americas. "Partnering with Cruise Critic was a natural choice – its
community of cruisers is the largest in the world, and their passion for
cruising is unparalleled."

The six finalists will compete in the Bacardi Cruise Competition finals in
September, with the winner taking away a cash prize and the title of 2014
Bacardi Bartender of the Year. Carnival Cruise Lines' Adri Ford is the
reigning Bacardi Bartender of the Year, winning the competition in 2012 and
2013.

To view the 25 semi-finalists and their submitted cocktail recipes, plus a
free recipe guide, visit www.cruisecritic.com/bacardicruise.

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SOURCE Cruise Critic

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