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Play Bridge At Sea™ Celebrates Banner Year

Updated: Mar 10

Play Bridge At Sea™ Wins Top Silver Sea Producer Award

During 2023 Dream Vacations National Conference


Play Bridge At Sea™ Wins 3rd Top Silver Sea Producer Award

New York, N.Y. (November 27, 2023) – Play Bridge At Sea™ --Dream Vacations is a New York based travel and event travel agency that specializes in operating a multi-channel program for guests who play the game of bridge.


Originally started more than 10 years ago, the company has evolved into the preeminent operator of Bridge events at sea, on land and online. The vision for the company from co-founders Christopher Rivera, James Gundell, and Ed Brill has been to bring expert bridge education to our guests, regardless of their starting knowledge, while elevating their skills and understanding of the game. Silversea Cruises was selected as our bridge home at sea, and we were delighted they agreed to help us grow our emerging business. It has been a great story since then."


We started with only bridge cruises, but the pandemic threw us a curve ball. How do we continue the momentum we started with so many bridge enthusiasts? Enter The Bridge Professors™, Giorgia Botta, John Ramos and Christopher Rivera, our core team of professionals who began offering weekly online bridge teaching via zoom. They were informative and fun lessons. Guest professors were invited who offered up their own style of play. Among some of the visiting professors were James Holzhauer of Jeopardy fame, Alfredo Versace, world champion from Rome, Liam Milne from Australia, Patty Tucker and more. We have taught thousands of students since the start of the pandemic and the classes continue today.


James Gundell remarks that “our unique mix of teaching and playing Bridge online, at sea, and on land, offers our students the opportunity to gain experience from our amazing Bridge Professors, anywhere. We strive to get you out of your comfort zone and try new concepts and confident that it will improve your game.” Giorgia Botta, our resident Italian professional adds “ we teach on tablets using custom software to enhance education and always put the student in the “decision seat”. Therefore, our students can put to work what they just learned and practice the concept over and over.”


Happily, the world started to recover, and we announced our Bridge Academy on Land™ program, designed for the guest that wanted a travel, but not a cruise experience. Recently, we completed our fourth Academy in Palm Springs, California, and we will operate more in 2024.


Many of our students are American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) members, and we offer ACBL sanctioned games with master point awards. Most of our students do not join us for the games, but for the education and the environment. “Rather than teach a few conventions and focus on master points, we strive to explain the logic behind bidding and play and to give our students the tools to think more critically in making their bridge decisions. Good results flow from there!” says John Ramos.


“Bridge is more fun to play when you are doing well, and we teach you how to think about bridge the way experts do, so you can play better. Bridge is more fun to learn when on vacation in a beautiful location. Our travel events let you learn bridge around the world. Of course, if you prefer to learn in the comfort of your home, our online lessons are as convenient as your internet connection” according to Christopher Rivera.


According to Bill W, one of our online students, “you saved my life and my game during the pandemic. As bridge clubs were all closed, I looked forward to the weekly bridge class as it saved my game and elevated my knowledge.”


Sally T commented “the teaching method and quality of the teaching was perhaps the best I’ve experienced.”


“Our goal is to provide an exceptional and complete worry travel experience. We are here not only for this trip but for the future travel of our guests” according to Ed Brill, director Of agency operations.


Our agency success at sea was recently celebrated the National Conference of Dream Vacations-CruiseOne agents, where Play Bridge At Sea-Dream Vacations was presented the Top Silversea Luxury Producer award as well as membership in the Circle Of Excellence. This will mark our third year winning the Silversea award.


Dream Vacations is part of World Travel Holdings, Americas largest seller of cruises. More information can be seen at our web site www.playbridgeatsea.com. Contact Ed Brill at ebrill@dreamvacations.com or at 212.862.2706


About Dream Vacations

Travel agents with the top-ranked home-based travel agency franchise Dream Vacations have the resources to plan and create seamless vacation experiences for their customers while offering the best value. A member of the International Franchise Association, Dream Vacations is part of World Travel Holdings and has received franchise partner of the year, a top-ranking status, by all the major cruise lines as well as national recognition for its support of military veterans. For more information about Dream Vacations, visit https://www.playbridgeatsea.com


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Media Contact:

Ed Brill

(212)862-2706



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