Rum Renaissance and Celebrity Cruise team up for Caribbean tour

Specialty cruise mixes rum, sun, fun and six islands on Celebrity Cruise in Caribbean. Photo: Robert Burr

MIAMI, July 26, 2011 — Robert and Robin Burr, rum enthusiasts and hosts of the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, have collaborated with Celebrity Cruises and The Cruise Authority to offer a weeklong rum cruise, November 12 – 19, 2011. The Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise will dock at some of the Caribbean’s top rum destinations to let travelers study, savor and collect the region’s authentic spirits.

Rob Burr evaluates rum/Image: R. Burr

This cruise is one of the most affordable and efficient ways to explore and sample some of the Caribbean’s finest distilleries. Onboard ambassadors from leading rum brands will entertain guests and offer seminars.

The ship departs from San Juan, Puerto Rico on Saturday, November 12, and will make its first stop in Barbados. Subsequent destinations include St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and San Juan.

On Sunday, November 13, a series of VIP rum tastings will be presented by some of the top rum ambassadors and bartenders in the world. Each day will feature a different stop at a new Caribbean port to tour select distilleries. Afterwards, guests will return to the ship for rum cocktails, a gourmet dinner and exclusive rum tastings.

 Island rum highlights include:

  • Barbados – Visit Foursquare Distillery, St. Nicholas Abbey Plantation, Cockspur Rum Beach House and Mount Gay Rum Welcome Center.
  • St. Lucia – Highlights include tours of Chairman’s Reserve, Castrie’s Peanut Rum Crème and Admiral Rodney naval rum distilleries.
  • Antigua – Travelers will visit Antigua Distillery featuring renowned English Harbour rums and have time to hunt for rum bargains.
  • St. Maarten – This is the birthplace of Guavaberry rum liqueur and happens to offer some of the Caribbean’s best duty-free shopping.
  • St. Thomas – Browse and collect specially priced Cruzan Single Barrel and Captain Morgan Spiced rums, then sample rum cakes and liqueurs.
  • San Juan – This stop features an in-depth tour of Serralles Distillery, makers of DonQ brand rum spirits.
  • Barrell decanting in the Caribbean/Image: R. Burr


The Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise starts at less than $100 per day for a cabin on the Celebrity Summit. The fee for attending the rum seminars and tastings is $180. Island excursions to shop and to tour the distilleries are additional and vary depending upon location.











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