Now in its 3rd year, the unique and prestigious Wave Awards recognises and celebrates excellence within the cruise holiday sector. The awards cover all aspects of the industry from both a consumer and trade perspective, while setting a benchmark for excellence.
The majority of the awards is based on rigorous assessment of submitted entries by an esteemed panel of cruise travel experts. There are, however, separate categories which enable the public to vote for their favourite cruise lines, destinations, cruise agents and airlines; scroll down to view all categories.
We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Wave Awards will take place on 1st March 2018 at our new venue the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden. Entries are now open. In order to enter you must first register online – this is designed to make your entry submission more straightforward.
Our full list of Wave Awards winners and highly commended finalists:
|Best UK departure port||Associated British Ports Southampton
(A high commendation was awarded to Port of Tyne)
|Best destination||Falkland Islands|
|Best UK Attraction or Excursion||Intercruises, Tower of London
(A high commendation was awarded to Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh)
|Best International Attraction or Excursion||Celebrity Cruises, Chef’s Market Discoveries|
|Best for Environment & Sustainability||Hurtigruten|
|Best for Cuisine||Oceania Cruises
(A high commendation was awarded to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Europa 2)
|Best for Entertainment||Norwegian Cruise Line|
|Best for well-being or spa facilities||Hapag-Lloyd Cruises|
|Best for LGBT||Celebrity Cruises|
|Best for Enrichment||Voyages to Antiquity
(A high commendation was awarded to Cunard)
|Best for Accommodation||Regent Seven Seas Cruises
(A high commendation was awarded to Cunard)
|Passenger Favourite Cruise Agent||Bolsover Cruise Club
(High commendations were awarded to Cruise Nation and Iglu Cruise)
|Passenger Favourite Airline||Emirates
(High commendations were awarded to British Airways and Thomson)
|Passenger Favourite Destination||Greece
(High commendations were awarded to Barbados and Croatia
|Passenger Favourite Specialist Cruise Line||Azamara Club Cruises
(High commendations were awarded to Silversea and Voyages to Antiquity
|Passenger Favourite Luxury Cruise Line||Crystal Cruises
(High commendations were awarded to Cunard and Oceania Cruises
|Passenger Favourite River Cruise Line||Viking Cruises
(High commendations were awarded to Saga River Cruises and Riviera Travel
|Passenger Favourite Ocean Cruise Line||P&O Cruises
(High commendations were awarded to Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International
|Best Digital or Web-based Service or Platform||Cruise Nation|
|Best Advertising, Marketing or PR Campaign||Cunard, Queen Mary 2. Remastered.
(A high commendation was awarded to Thomson Cruises, #NotForMe social media campaign)
|Escorted or Specialist Tour Operator||Titan Travel|
|Best Transfer Service||Avalon Waterways.
(A high commendation was awarded to Ports Direct)
|Best Cruise Agent||World Travel Holdings
(A high commendation was awarded to Imagine Cruising)
|Best Online Travel Agent||Cruise Nation
(A high commendation was awarded to Iglu Cruise)
|Best Individual Cruise Consultant||Stacy Day, ROL Cruise
(A high commendation was awarded to Zoltan Biczo, Ponders Cruise & Travel)
|Best New Ship Launch||Royal Caribbean International, Harmony of the Seas
(A high commendation was awarded to Holland America Line, ms Koningsdam)
|Best Specialist Cruise Line||Azamara Club Cruises|
|Best Value-for-money Cruise Line||Saga Cruises|
|Best Family Cruise Line||Royal Caribbean International|
|Best Adventure Cruise Line||Silversea Expeditions|
|Best Premium Cruise Line||Princess Cruises
(A high commendation was awarded to Oceania Cruises)
|Best Luxury Cruise Line||Seabourn
(A high commendation was awarded to Crystal Cruises)
|Best River Cruise Line||Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
(A high commendation was awarded to Avalon Waterways)
|Best Ocean Cruise Line||Royal Caribbean International|
The hotly anticipated list is filled with top cruise lines, agents and destinations – and represents the best of the best of the industry.
Wave Awards chair and World of Cruising editor, Louise Robinson, said: “The Wave Awards celebrate excellence in the cruise industry both from a consumer and trade perspective. I’m proud to say we have been inundated with entries – up by 50 percent on last year. The standard was so high our expert panel of judges found it really hard to whittle each category down, but I’m extremely happy with our final shortlist.”
The winners will be announced in a glittering ceremony at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London’s Covent Garden on March 1.
Cruise fans have also been voting for their favourite cruise lines, cruise agents, cruise bloggers and cruise destinations in the Passenger Favourites section of the awards. Please click here to cast your vote and be entered into a prize draw to win a 7-night Mediterranean cruise for two. The final deadline for casting your vote is the 31st of December 2017.
The Wave Awards are owned and run by Real Response Media, publishers of World of Cruising, Cruise Trade News and Cruise Destinations. Saga is the headline sponsor and The Telegraph is the headline media sponsor.