A great night at the first Wave Awards ceremony in London

The Wave Awards 2016

Cruise industry representatives gathered at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London, last night for the inaugural star-studded Wave Awards ceremony.

The Wave Awards recognise the importance of cruising within the travel sector. The cruise market constantly innovates and reinvents itself and the Wave Awards reflect that. The calibre of entries for the 2016 awards surpassed all expectations.

A charity raffle to raise funds for Mercy Ships was held prior to the awards ceremony, followed by a set from comedian Jimmy McGhie.

Television celebrity Gaby Roslin and Jimmy McGhie hosted the awards presentation, revealing the winners across 29 categories with help from “the voice of the balls” Alan Dedicoat.

The winners for The Wave Awards 2016 can be found below:

Category Winner
Best UK departure port Southampton
Best destination country or port New York
Best Attraction or Excursion Hurtigruten’s dog-sledding excursions
Best for Accommodation Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
Best for well-being or spa facilities Viking Star from Viking Cruises
Best for Enrichment Voyages to Antiquity
Best for Cuisine Crystal Cruises
(A high commendation was awarded to Uniworld Boutique River Cruises)
Best for Entertainment Norwegian Cruise Line
Best Digital or Web-based Service or Platform Royal Caribbean’s Club Royal programme
(High commendations were awarded to Cruise Nation and Voyages to Antiquity)
Best Marketing Campaign Cunard’s 175th anniversary celebrations
Escorted or Specialist Tour Operator Titan Travel
Best Cruise Agent Reader Offers
Best Online Travel Agent Cruise Nation
Best Individual Cruise Consultant Lea Ashton of Thomson Holidays
Favourite Destination Norway
Favourite Specialist Cruise Line Azamara Club Cruises
Favourite Luxury Cruise Line Crystal Cruises
Favourite River Cruise Line Viking Cruises
Favourite Ocean Cruise Line Saga Cruises
Best New Ship Launch (River) Uniworld Boutique River Cruises’ S.S. Maria Theresa
Best New Ship Launch (Ocean) P&O Cruises’ Britannia
Best Specialist Small Ship Cruise Line Viking Cruises
Best Value-for-money Cruise Line Saga Cruises
Best Family Cruise Line Royal Caribbean
(A high commendation was awarded to Carnival Cruise Line)
Best Adventure Cruise Line Silversea Expeditions
Best River Cruise Line Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
Best Premium Cruise Line Princess Cruises
Best Luxury Cruise Line Regent Seven Seas Cruises
(A high commendation was awarded to Crystal Cruises)
Cruise Line of the Year Royal Caribbean
(A high commendation was awarded to Princess Cruises)

Chris Pitchford, Managing Director of Real Response Media, said: “what a great first event for Real Response Media, the industry was truly recognised for their innovation and its importance within the travel sector – congratulations to all the winners.”

Photos of the winners

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