Find out how Cruise Nation got on at the Wave Awards 2016!


Last week we sent our Business and Commercial Director, Andrea Kendall on a trip to London to attend the glamourous Wave Awards which celebrates achievements in the cruise industry. Held on the 18th February at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, the Wave Awards was attended by cruise lines, tour operators, travel writers and travel bloggers who all dressed to impress at the sophisticated ceremony.

With an astounding 29 awards to give out, the evening began at 7pm with the first award winner being announced at around 10pm – it was a long night but most definitely worth it!

The judging panel at the Wave Awards 2016 featured 11 industry pros including Head of Destinations and Sustainability for ABTA – Nikki White, Travel Editor of the Daily Mirror Nigel Thompson, Cruise Editor of the Express online Louise Robinson and John Honeywell the editor of World of Cruising Magazine.

The Wave Awards is owned and organised by Real Response Media who produce cruise magazines such as Cruise Trade News, Cruise Ports and Destinations and World of Cruising Magazine.

So it’s time to reveal the winners:

Best UK Departure Port: Port of Southampton

Best Destination: New York

Best Attraction or Excursion: Dog Sledding by Hurtigruten

Best for Accomodation: Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Best for Wellbeing and Spas: Viking Cruises – Viking Star

Best for Enrichment: Voyages to Antiquity

Best for Cuisine: Crystal Cruises

Best for Entertainment: Norwegian Cruise Line

Best Digital or Web Based Service or Platform: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (Cruise Nation Highly Commended!)

Best Marketing Campaign: Cunard

Escorted and Specialist Tour Operator of the Year: Titan Travel

Best Cruise Agent: Reader Offers

Best Online Travel Agent: Cruise Nation

Cruise Consultant of the Year: Lea Ashton – Thomson Holidays Bolton

Consumer Favourite Destination: Norway

Consumer Favourite Specialist Cruise Line: Azamara Club Cruises

Consumer Favourite Luxury Cruise Line: Crystal Cruises

Consumer Favourite River Cruise Line: Viking Cruises

Consumer Favourite Ocean Cruise Line: SAGA

Best New Ship Launch – River: SS Maria Theresa – Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Best New Ship Launch: P&O Cruises Britannia

Specialist Small Ship Line: Viking Cruises

Best Value for Money Cruise Line: SAGA

Best Family Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Best Adventure Cruise Line: Silversea

Best River Cruise Line: Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Best Premium Cruise Line: Princess Cruises

Best Luxury Cruise Line: Regent Seven Seas

Cruise Line of the Year: Royal Caribbean


We were thrilled to win the category for Best Online Travel Agent as well as receiving a highly commended certificate for Best Digital or Web Platform or Service!


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Andrea Kendall with Cruise Nation Awards
Andrea with our awards
Wave Award for Best Travel Agent
Best Online Travel Agent Award


Certificate for Best Digital or Web Service or Platform
Highly Commended Certificate for Best Digital or Web Service or Platform

The Wave Awards 2016