Tortuga cakes ‘best cruise souvenir’

Porthole Cruise Magazine has recognized Tortuga Rum Cakes with a 2007 Editor-In Chief Award, naming for the third consecutive year these delectable tropical treats as Best Cruise Souvenir in the January/February 2007 issue.

Tortuga Rum cakes are sold in onboard gift shops of more than 100 cruise ships throughout the Caribbean. A product of the Tortuga Rum Company, headquartered in Grand Cayman, these luscious cakes are baked from a four generations old family recipe and recognized as the No. export of the Cayman Islands, states a press release. 2007 marks the 20th anniversary since this delicious dessert was first commercially introduced at a restaurant in Grand Cayman.

“Given the consistent quality and great taste of Tortuga Rum Cakes, it was again an easy choice for best cruise souvenir,” said Bill Panoff, publisher and editor-in-chief of Porthole Cruise Magazine. “I can’t remember a time when I returned from a cruise without one — or several.”

Porthole Cruise Magazine’s annual Editor-In Chief Awards are personally selected by Panoff who each year taps his travel industry expertise to honour cruise lines, island merchants, ports, resorts and others that he sees as being among the best in the business.

Baked fresh daily in the Caribbean using only the finest natural ingredients and a special, aged five-year-old blend of Tortuga Gold Rum, every Tortuga Rum Cake is hand glazed before being vacuum packed and heat sealed – locking in freshness and extending the shelf life to six months, or indefinitely if refrigerated or frozen. Flavours include original golden with walnuts, chocolate, coconut, Blue Mountain coffee, banana, key lime, pineapple and cinnamon raisin.

Cruise passengers also can find Tortuga cakes at the company’s 17 retail and duty free shops in Grand Cayman, its Tortuga Rum Cake Company store in Key West, FL, Tortuga Bahamas, a franchise bakery and shop in Nassau and Tortuga CRC Jamaica’s new bakery and gift shop in Montego Bay. The cakes are sold in gourmet and gift shops throughout the Caribbean and North America. The complete line is available online at or by calling toll free 1-800-444-0625.

“We are proud to again be recognized as ‘best cruise souvenir’,” says Monique Hamaty- Simmonds, president of Tortuga Imports/Tortuga Rum Cake Company whose family started the business in 1984. “Who would have imagined that a family recipe could create a world-wide gourmet food business, and that so many people would love our rum cakes. We are dedicated to providing quality products that will merit this recognition for many years to come.”

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