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!