The Wave Awards 2018 Shortlist Announcement

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

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 Shoreside & Port Services - 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

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

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