FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — Marinela 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 1,100 labels hand-picked from 20 countries, a wine cellar with a collection of 16,000 bottles, an extensive sake selection of 44 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’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.
About The World
Launched in 2002, The World is the largest privately owned, residential yacht on earth with 165 luxury Residences. A diverse group of Residents from 20 countries own the homes onboard and share interests in world cultures, history, and adventure, and exploring fascinating destinations. They circumnavigate the globe every two to three years following an extraordinary itinerary that they select. In-depth expeditions and one-of-a-kind experiences are complemented by world-class amenities and impeccable service. To learn more about this unique lifestyle call 954-538-8449 or visit www.aboardtheworld.com.
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