The Wave Awards 2017 Results

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1st March 2018

The Wave Awards 2017 shortlist announced

Entry Deadline 13th October 2017

RECOGNISING AND REWARDING EXCELLENCE IN THE CRUISE HOLIDAY SECTOR

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.

The Wave Awards 2017 Winners

Our full list of Wave Awards winners and highly commended finalists:

Category Winner
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 shortlist for The Wave Awards 2018 – the most prestigious awards event in the cruise industry – has been revealed.

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.

The Wave Awards 2018 Shortlist

Cruise Line Categories

Best Luxury River Cruise Line

  • Avalon Waterways
  • Crystal River Cruises
  • Hebridean Island Cruises
  • Scenic
  • Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Best Family Cruise Line

  • Carnival Cruise Line
  • Marella Cruises
  • MSC Cruises
  • P&O Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Best for Solo Travellers

  • Crystal Cruises
  • Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
  • Hebridean Island Cruises
  • Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
  • Voyages to Antiquity

Best Specialist Cruise Line

  • Azamara Club Cruises
  • Silversea Expeditions
  • Star Clippers
  • Voyages to Antiquity

Best Value-for-money Cruise Line

  • Celestyal Cruises
  • Marella Cruises
  • P&O Cruises
  • Saga Cruises

Best New Ship Launch

  • Cruise & Maritime Voyages
  • Seabourn
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Best Ocean Cruise Line

  • Carnival Cruise Line
  • Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
  • Marella Cruises
  • P&O Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
  • Saga Cruises

Best Luxury Cruise Line

  • Crystal Cruises
  • Cunard
  • Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
  • Hebridean Island Cruises
  • Ponant
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Scenic
  • Seabourn
  • Silversea Cruises

Best River Cruise Line

  • Avalon Waterways
  • Emerald Waterways
  • Riviera Travel
  • Saga Holidays
  • Scenic
  • Titan Travel
  • Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
  • Viking River Cruises

Best Premium Cruise Line

  • Holland America Line
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Princess Cruises

Best Adventure/Expedition Cruise Line

  • Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
  • Ponant
  • Silversea Expeditions

Agent Categories

Best Cruise Online Travel Agent

  • Bolsover Cruise Club
  • Cruise Nation
  • Iglu Cruise
  • Planet Cruise

Best Cruise Travel Agent

  • Barrhead Travel
  • Bolsover Cruise Club
  • Cruise Nation
  • CruiseKings
  • Forever Cruises
  • Holiday Direction
  • Iglu Cruise
  • Kuoni
  • Planet Cruise
  • Ponders Cruise and Travel
  • ROL Cruise
  • Trailfinders
  • World Travel Holdings UK

Individual Award for Best Cruise Agent

  • Bolsover Cruise Club - Chloe Williams
  • Bolsover Cruise Club - Poppy Outram
  • Broadway Travel - Clare Illingworth
  • Hays Travel - Ellie Barton
  • Ponders Cruise and Travel - Lorraine Bainbridge
  • Ponders Cruise and TravelTravel - Millie Windeler
  • ROL Cruise - Stacy Day
  • World Travel Holdings (Cruise118) - Ryan Creeney

Industry Categories

Best Transfer Service

  • Avalon Waterways
  • Ports Direct
  • Saga Cruises
  • Titan Travel

Best Advertising, PR or Marketing Campaign

  • Barrhead Travel
  • Cruise & Maritime Voyages
  • Cunard
  • Marella Cruises
  • P&O Cruises
  • Princess Cruises

Best Escorted & Specialist Tour Operator

  • Cosmos
  • Riviera Travel
  • Titan Travel
  • Wendy Wu Tours

Best Digital or Web-based Platform or Service

  • Azamara Club Cruises
  • Cruise Nation
  • P&O Cruises
  • ROL Cruise
  • Silver Travel Advisor

Best Use of Technology

  • Intercruises
  • Marella Cruises

On Board Categories

Best for Cuisine

  • Crystal Cruises
  • Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
  • Holland America Line
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Saga Cruises
  • Seabourn
  • SeaDream Yacht Club
  • Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Best for Enrichment

  • Azamara Club Cruises
  • Celestyal Cruises
  • Cunard
  • Emerald Waterways
  • Holland America Line
  • Saga Cruises
  • Scenic
  • Voyages to Antiquity

Best for Accommodation

  • Carnival Cruise Line
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Saga Cruises
  • Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Best for Entertainment

  • Carnival Cruise Line
  • Marella Cruises
  • P&O Cruises

Best for Wellbeing/Spas

  • Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Viking Ocean Cruises

Ports & Destinations Categories

Best Destination (Port or Country)

  • Amsterdam
  • Argentina
  • Falkland Islands Tourist Board
  • Seattle
  • Singapore
  • ABP Southampton

Best Excursion

  • Intercruises - Taste the City with Locals (Barcelona)
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises -Seven Seas Wellness & Spa Pairings
  • Tauck - Rendezvous on the Seine

Best UK & Ireland Departure Port

  • ABP Southampton
  • Dublin Port Company
  • Port of Tyne

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