Our Signature Collection
with Christopher Rivera & Guest Teachers
Combining expert bridge teaching for all levels of player in a relaxed playing environment aboard the most luxurious all inclusive cruise ships in the world.
Some Of The Best Teachers and Directors Are With Play Bridge At Sea™
Christopher Rivera is an ACBL Accredited Bridge Teacher and tournament rated director. He is Assistant Head Director at Honors Bridge Club, the largest bridge club in North America. He learned to play bridge from his grandmother, who taught him valuable lessons in card play, but Goren style bidding, which he had to unlearn when he began playing bridge seriously. In addition to bridge, he plays many other card and board games. He has a degree in Physics from Lawrence University.
Giorgia Botta is an international bridge champion and world class teacher. Born and raised in Rome, Italy, where she learned to play bridge at the age of 12 from some of the greatest bridge players in the world, Giorgia now resides in New York City, where she has become one of the most respected and sought after teachers and professional players. She teaches and plays regularly at Honors Bridge Club, the largest bridge club in North America, as well as traveling internationally to teach and play bridge. Giorgia has a youthful exuberance and currency in the game that assures you excellent bridge instruction.
Rob Barrington is a professional bridge player and one of the best teachers in the bridge world. At the age of 9, Rob learned the game at his father’s bridge club in upstate New York. He quickly became the go-to fill in player at the club and was hooked on competitive bridge right away. He taught his first bridge class at the age of 14 and loved teaching. Rob played through High School but took a 20 year break for college, career and other pursuits. Rob returned to the game when he relocated to New York City in 2009. Rob was lucky to become friends with some of the finest players in the world and learned the game (again) from them. He started teaching bridge at all the local clubs in Manhattan and has since revolutionized the way bridge is taught. He developed a teaching app called BidBox, which gives his students the maximum amount of experience in the shortest amount of time. Rob also runs a popular website (learnbridge.nyc) and YouTube channel.
John Ramos is a professional bridge teacher and in the country's top echelon of tournament players. At the 2019 Fall Nationals, he placed third in the Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs, the oldest and most prestigious pairs event in the United States, besting a host of top experts from all over the world. In addition to his skill at competing, he is a passionate teacher and believes that anyone can improve with the help of an attentive and engaged instructor. Originally from New York City, where he was mentored by many of the country’s top players, he’s lived in Los Angeles for the past twelve years. He works with players of all levels privately, on cruises, and at his adopted home, the Beverly Hills Bridge Club, one of the biggest clubs in California, which he also manages.
David Libchaber was born and raised in Paris France and came to the United States to attend college. Fresh out of business school, David got involved in the dot.com boom of the late 90’s and was the general manager of e-bridge, the first bridge internet company to Vugraph major tournaments over the internet and the first web site to run ACBL sanctioned tournaments. After taking a fifteen-year hiatus to raise his family, David came back to the bridge world and is a respected bridge teacher in New York City. He introduces serious concepts in a fun and jovial atmosphere, which makes his classes very desirable
Stephannie Culbertson is the Manager and Head Director at the Cavendish Bridge Club, as well as a Gold LIfe Master. She learned to play bridge after she moved across the street from a bridge club and quickly became addicted. In addition to bridge, Stephannie chairs the Nero Award for Best American Mystery and is a wine and spirits judge for The Fifty Best. She is a retired IT Manager and has degrees from MaryMount Manhattan College, New York University and Baruch College, City University of New York.