The Wave Awards 2023

The annual Wave Awards will again take place in 2023. This prestigious event will be a glamorous night in the cruise calendar as companies and individuals are rewarded by both their industry peers and by the public.

Real Response Media CEO Chris Pitchford said: “The Wave Awards is one of my favourite events of the year and a date in the diary that I look forward to.  Last year’s event at the Pan Pacific Hotel was probably our best so far and we want this year’s to be even more special and the team and I are working hard to secure the right venue.

“Entries are now open for The Wave Awards 2023 and we’ve included some new categories this year. We recognise the importance of smaller agencies and homeworkers to our industry and want them to be part of The Wave Awards and have introduced awards relevant to them.

“Additionally there are new awards for technology and innovation as well as the awards you’d expect to see.

“The judging process for The Wave Awards is a truly robust process and it’s that process along with the number and quality of entries that makes winning a Wave Award a real accolade. We wish all entrants all the best in this year’s awards.”


Below is a full list of all the categories for The Wave Awards 2023.




18:30 Welcome Reception

19:15 Dinner, Awards and Entertainment

23:00 After Party

01:00 Carriages

Ports & Destinations Category

Best Port

Best For Excursions


Agent Categories

Best Online Agent

Best Agent Consortia or Homeworking Agency

Best Independent / Solo Agent

Best Retail Agent

Best Small Agency

Best Specialist Cruise Agent


Cruise line Category

Best Family Cruise Line:

Best Value-for-Money Cruise Line

Best for Solo Travellers

Best Specialist Cruise Line

Best Premium Cruise Line

Best Expedition Cruise Line

Best New Ship Launch

Best Luxury River Cruise Line

Best Luxury Ocean Cruise Line

Best River Cruise Line

Best Ocean Cruise Line


Industry Awards

Best Advertising, PR or Marketing Campaign

Best Environmental Innovation

Best Transfer Service

Best Escorted & Specialist Tour Operator


On board Categories

Best for Entertainment

Best for Cuisine

Best for Accommodation

Best for Wellness & Enrichment


Online & Technology Category

Best Technology Provider (Operations / Retail)

Best Technology Innovation

Best Use of Content

The Wave Awards 2023 – Public Voting

Some of the most coveted awards at The Wave Awards are those voted by the public. This year is no exception as we team up with our Headline Media Partner, The Sun to encourage the public to take part and cast their votes.

Public Voting Awards

Favourite Cruise Destination

Favourite Cruise Travel Agent

Favourite Travel Influencer

Favourite Luxury Cruise Line

Favourite Premium Cruise Line

Favourite Ocean Cruise Line

Favourite River Cruise Line

Favourite Specialist Cruise Line


Why Enter The Wave Awards 2023?

The Wave Awards is always a key event in the cruise calendar and winning an award really endorses the huge amount of work that teams and individuals put into delivering outstanding service to their guests. Winning an award is also really important within businesses as some of last year’s winners commented on:

Royal Caribbean head of UK sales Torey Kings-Hodkin

“We have won several Wave Awards in the past but it never stops meaning as much as it does. The excitement when your name is read out never goes away – it gives you renewed energy and makes you realise that what you do is important.”

Princess Cruises UK & Europe sales director Nick Hughes

“It is testament to the team and all the hard work that goes into our business, and keeps you going to try to win more next time.”

Riviera Travel channel director Stuart Milan

“For the Riviera team as a whole, we put so much effort into our product, so it’s more validation for that. In my eyes, the more validation points we can give to customers leads to an increase in bookings.”

Uniworld UK & Europe MD Chris Townson

“We often get amazing feedback, but to get something like a Wave Award, from an expert judging panel, is fantastic. It is the Oscars of the cruise industry and it cements our place in the sector.”

Regent Seven Seas Cruises senior sales director Paul Beale

“To be recognised for what we do and the effort and dedication that goes into our product, is just fantastic.”