According to the company, the World Class programme will train over 400 cruise line bartenders in locations all over the world.
A cruise line finalist will then go forward to take part in the World Class Bartender of the Year final, competing alongside bartenders from all over the world.
The announcement follows news that this year’s global final will be held aboard a boutique cruise liner in the Mediterranean.
Philip Duff, expert mixologist at Liquid Solutions is leading the training: “We are thrilled to be working with Diageo Global Travel and Middle East, Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line to immerse their bartenders in cutting edge cocktail trends. By equipping the ships’ bartenders with these progressive skills we are all helping to bring a unique fine drinking environment to cruise passengers the world over.”
Wesley Cort, director of restaurant & beverage development and operations for Norwegian Cruise Line, said: “Introducing our bartending talent to Diageo Reserve World Class will take the quality of our guest service to new levels of excellence.”