Ray Careme, native of France, hails from the Champagne Capital of the world – Epernay, France. Ray’s education and experience in hotel and bar, management and ownership, is just a small part of his 26 years of International experience. Most notable is his work with Gerard Boyer of “Chateaux les Crayeres” in Reims, France. Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, and Zagat Survey magazines awarded Boyer with “Best small Hotel and Restaurant in the World”. Duties included 7 years positions as Assistant food & beverage Manager, and as Maitre’d with Royal Caribbean International. Ray was also General Manager for “Celebrity Chef” Joachim Splichal of the Patina Pinot Group for 8 years, serving the Hollywood Elite. He was also General Manager for John Hurley with Garibaldi’s restaurants in San Francisco and Partner in “G’ Bar on Presidio Heights. Ray also worked in Corsica and England where he volunteered as a French tutor at an English public school for underprivileged children in his free time.
Ray joined Holland Travel as a Partner to offer his expertise with shipboard experience, combined with great love of food and wines. As of today Ray has traveled to 54 countries in the world and 32 states in the United States, and growing. He was part of a television feature with the NBC Today Show. Ray coordinates custom luxury tours in Europe, World Cruises, Grand Voyages, Food & Wine Tours, Barge Charters, etc. and now is running in conjunction with Michael Holland an international real estate company Puerto Vallarta Villas.