Royal Caribbean International/Ponting Wines
L-R: Gavin Smith, vice president and managing director in Australia and New Zealand for Royal Caribbean International; Ricky Ponting, Rianna Ponting; and Kathryn Lock
Royal Caribbean International has partnered with Ponting Wines to bring a selection of the label’s premium wines to cruises departing from Sydney and Brisbane in Australia from October 2023 to April 2024.
Guests onboard Royal Caribbean’s Ovation, Quantum and Brilliance of the Seas two to 18-night cruises can choose one of six handpicked rosé, red or white Ponting Wines, including Ponting First Session Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc and Ponting Mowbray Boy Tasmanian Pinot Noir.
Ponting Wines was co-founded by Ricky Ponting, one of Australia’s most celebrated cricketers, his wife, Rianna, and Ben Riggs, an award-winning Australian winemaker, in 2019.
“Rianna and I have always shared an affinity to explore and taste wines at vineyards as we travel the world,” said Ricky Ponting. “Ponting Wines is an embodiment of our shared passion for beautiful wines and the dedication and passion that has driven me throughout my career. Sustainability is at the forefront of every decision, ensuring that all our fruit is ethically sourced from local growers in Tasmania and South Australia. We take great pride in our partnership with Royal Caribbean that aligns with our core values. We look forward to holidaymakers creating new memories while savouring a glass of our range of Ponting Wines.”
The Ponting Wines collection will be available by the bottle and the glass across all restaurants and bars onboard all three Royal Caribbean ships. The wines will also be available as part of the Deluxe Beverage package.
“We are delighted to unveil our exclusive partnership with Ponting Wines, raising the bar of our already extensive variety of food and beverage experiences,” said Kathryn Lock, director of marketing in Australia and New Zealand, Royal Caribbean International. “As Royal Caribbean gears up for the Australian summer season, our goal is to offer the best holidays to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, which will now be enriched by the exceptional wines curated by the talented Ricky and Rianna Ponting, alongside Ben Riggs.
“We strive to choose partners and products that adhere to sustainable practices and are committed to engaging local Australian suppliers. Through this collaboration with one of Australia’s most premium winemakers, we look forward to elevating our guests’ holidays even further.”