Marinela Ivanova – Beverage Manager

Beverage Manager

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — Ivanova is Beverage Manager for The World, the largest privately owned residential yacht on earth. Ms. Ivanova, a certified Sommelier and a holder of DipWSET, is responsible for the beverage program on board which includes a wine list with over 1,200 labels hand-picked from 20 countries, a wine cellar with a collection of 15,000 bottles, an extensive sake selection of 34 labels, a contemporary cocktail program, and a top tier spirits selection of over 300 labels. Routed in a company-wide philosophy of delivering on each Resident’s individual preferences, Ms. Ivanova notes that The World carries the favorite wines, spirits, and sakes of every Resident. In addition to the core wine and bar programs, Ms. Ivanova and her team “bring the destination alive” for Residents by featuring destination-oriented wine lists, as well as cocktails that incorporate regional spirits and fresh ingredients discovered during her visits to local farmers’ markets.

Ms. Ivanova also organizes exclusive visits for Resident wine lovers to iconic wine producers, which are typically closed to the public. While designing these trips, she looks for unique, one-of-a-kind and authentic experiences. Instead of being received in a tasting room, Residents will enjoy an exclusive cellar and vineyard visit, often in the owner’s home, where the owner or winemaker will perform the tasting. A few of the private events that Ms. Ivanova has arranged for Residents include harvest lunches at Château Margaux and Chateau Cheval Blanc in Bordeaux, France, and visits to Chris Ringland Henschke and Cullen Wineries in Australia, Antinori Guado Al Tasso of Firenze, Italy, and Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos in the Upper Douro region near Tua, Portugal. In spring 2022 in conjunction with The World’s Destinations Team, she is planning an extensive trip to the wine regions of Chile with visits to wineries Montes, Matetic, Almaviva, Casa Lapostolle’s Clos Apalta, and Clos Quebrada de Macul, with the wine regions of the Loire Valley planned for later in the year.

Ms. Ivanova is instrumental in The World receiving three prestigious accolades in The World of Fine Wine magazine’s World’s Best Wine List Awards 2021. For the first time the ship was crowned Regional Winner for Best Sake Wine List (outside of Japan), alongside maintaining the highest possible three-star wine list rating and upholding Best Ship Wine List in The World for the seventh consecutive year.

Ms. Ivanova’s career in hospitality extends over 35 years, 23 of which have been spent at sea. She joined The World as Sommelier in 2008 and was promoted to Head Sommelier in 2009. She has held the position of Beverage Manager since December 2012. Prior to joining The World, she was Head Sommelier for Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Head Bar and Wine Stewardess for the German cruise ship MS Berlin. Before heading to sea, Ms. Ivanova was at Schlosshotel Buehlerhoehe, voted the number one hotel in Germany by Michelin for five consecutive years.

Ms. Ivanova is a graduate of the University of Economics in Varna, Bulgaria, and holds a Sommelier Diploma from the German Wine School in Koblenz as well as a Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine Academy of Rust, Austria, a subsidiary of WSET (British Wine and Spirit Education Trust). She is fluent in German, Russian, English and Bulgarian. Her position aboard The World allows Ms. Ivanova to nurture her two greatest passions – traveling the globe and discovering wine and other beverages in the countries The World visits. She also enjoys spending her holidays exploring wine regions around the world.

Acerca de The World

The World® es el mayor yate residencial de propiedad privada del mundo con 165 residencias de lujo. Un grupo diverso de residentes procedentes de 20 países son propietarios de hogares a bordo y comparten intereses en la cultura y la historia del mundo así como la aventura y la exploración de destinos fascinantes. Circunnavegan el globo cada dos o tres años siguiendo un itinerario extraordinario que ellos mismos eligen. Estas expediciones profundas y experiencias únicas en su género se complementan con instalaciones de primera clase y un servicio impecable. Si desea más información sobre el estilo de vida exclusivo deThe World, llame al +1.954.538.8449 o visite

Contacto para los medios de comunicación: Si desea información adicional o para solicitar imágenes de The World póngase en contacto con:

Jayne Alexander, +44 (0)20 3709 7809,
Joanna Merredew, +44 (0)20 3709 7809,

Diciembre 2021

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