Winners announced at the Cruise International Awards 2013

Cruise International Awards 2013The prestigious Cruise International Awards 2013 took place at London’s British Film Institute on Thursday afternoon, celebrating the best of the cruise industry and recognising achievements in cruise holidays.

Royal Caribbean International was named Best Cruise Line, and was also Highly Commended as Best Affordable Cruise Line, Best for Activities, Best for Families and Best Cruise Product or Service for the Royal Mums and Dads advice line.

Best River Cruise Line was awarded to Viking River Cruises, while Cunard was named Best Luxury Cruise Line and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection was awarded Best Luxury River Cruise Line.

Best New Ship went to Royal Princess, Princess Cruises’ new ship which made its debut in June and was named by the Duchess of Cambridge.

Carnival Cruise Lines was voted Best for Activities, while Best Innovation went to Vertigo waterslide on the new MSC Cruises ship, MSC Preziosa.

Disney Cruise Line won Best for Families and Best for Entertainment, and Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines was awarded Best Affordable Cruise Line.

Celebrity Cruises won Best for Wellbeing, while Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award.

Best Onboard Restaurant went to Oceania Cruises for Red Ginger, while Best Specialist Cruise Line was awarded to SeaDream Yacht Club.

Titan Travel was awarded Best Cruise Product or Service for the Titan VIP Home Departure Service, and Iglu won Best Cruise Agent.

Stockholm was awarded Best Destination (Europe) while Alaska was voted Best Destination (Rest of World).

The Daily Mirror’s John Honeywell, aka Captain Greybeard, was named Best Cruise Blogger.

This year’s awards were hosted by TV presenter Jenni Falconer. Liz Jarvis, Editor of Cruise International, said:

“2013 has been a brilliant year for the cruise industry, with fabulous new ship launches and exciting new itineraries. The Cruise International Awards celebrate the best of the cruise industry, and because they’re voted for by the holidaymakers themselves, they’re an excellent benchmark of consumer opinion.”

A full list of the finalists and award winners is below. Click here to download a copy of our FREE special Cruise Awards edition of the magazine here.

Finalists

BEST CRUISE BLOGGER

Jane Archer

John Honeywell, Captain Greybeard – WINNER

Danielle Fear, Cruise Miss – HIGHLY COMMENDED

Malcolm Oliver

 

BEST CRUISE AGENT

Go Cruise

Iglu – WINNER

Reader Offers – HIGHLY COMMENDED

Titan Travel

Virgin Cruises

 

BEST CRUISE PRODUCT OR SERVICE

Titan Travel, for the Titan VIP Home Departure Service – WINNER

Royal Caribbean, for the Royal Mums advice line – HIGHLY COMMENDED

MSC Cruises, for the MSC Yacht Club Butlers

Viator Shore Excursions

 

BEST INNOVATION

Vertigo on MSC Preziosa, MSC Cruises – WINNER

The Plank on Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Cruise Line

The Seawalk on Royal Princess, Princess Cruises – HIGHLY COMMENDED

 

BEST DESTINATION (EUROPE)

Barcelona

Norwegian Fjords – HIGHLY COMMENDED

St Petersburg

Stockholm – WINNER

Venice

 

BEST DESTINATION (REST OF WORLD)

Alaska – WINNER

Hawaii

Jamaica – HIGHLY COMMENDED

Miami

St Kitts

 

BEST AFFORDABLE CRUISE LINE

Carnival Cruise Lines

Fred. Olsen – WINNER

P&O Cruises

Royal Caribbean – HIGHLY COMMENDED

Thomson Cruises

 

BEST FOR WELLBEING

Celebrity Cruises – WINNER

MSC Cruises – HIGHLY COMMENDED

P&O Cruises

Princess Cruises

Royal Caribbean International

 

BEST SPECIALIST CRUISE LINE

Azamara Club Cruises

Hurtigruten Cruises

SeaDream Yacht Club – WINNER

Voyages of Discovery

Voyages to Antiquity – HIGHLY COMMENDED

 

BEST FOR  FAMILIES

Carnival Cruise Lines

Disney Cruise Line – WINNER

MSC Cruises

P&O Cruises

Royal Caribbean International – HIGHLY COMMENDED

 

BEST FOR ENTERTAINMENT

Disney Cruise Line – WINNER

Carnival Cruise Lines

P&O Cruises – HIGHLY COMMENDED

Princess Cruises

Royal Caribbean International

 

BEST ONBOARD RESTAURANT

Qsine, Celebrity Cruises

Todd English, Cunard Line

Red Ginger, Oceania Cruises – WINNER

Ocean Grill, P&O Cruises – HIGHLY COMMENDED

Sabatini’s, Princess Cruises

 

BEST FOR ACTIVITIES

Disney Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Lines – WINNER

P&O Cruises

Princess Cruises

Royal Caribbean International – HIGHLY COMMENDED

 

BEST LUXURY CRUISE LINE

Cunard Line – WINNER

Hebridean Island Cruises

Oceania Cruises – HIGHLY COMMENDED

Regent Seven Seas

SeaDream Yacht Club

 

BEST LUXURY RIVER CRUISE LINE

Ama Waterways

Avalon Waterways

Scenic Tours

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection – WINNER

Viking River Cruises – HIGHLY COMMENDED

 

BEST NEW SHIP

AMAVida, from AmaWaterways

Celebrity Reflection, from Celebrity Cruises – HIGHLY COMMENDED

MS Europa 2, from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

MSC Preziosa, from MSC Cruises

Norwegian Breakaway, from Norwegian Cruise Line

Royal Princess, from Princess Cruises – WINNER

Queen Isabel, from Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Scenic Jewel, from Scenic Tours

Le Soléal, from Compagnie du Ponant

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises

 

BEST RIVER CRUISE LINE

APT

Avalon Waterways

Scenic Tours

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection – HIGHLY COMMENDED

Viking River Cruises – WINNER

 

BEST CRUISE LINE

Carnival Cruise Lines

Celebrity Cruises

Cunard Line

Disney Cruise Line

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines – HIGHLY COMMENDED

MSC Cruises

P&O Cruises

Princess Cruises

Royal Caribbean International – WINNER

Thomson Cruises

 

This year’s Cruise International Awards were supported by British Airways, Carnival Cruise Lines, MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, SeaDream Yacht Club, the Caribbean islands of St Kitts and St Nevis, the Stockholm Visitors Board and The Spectator magazine.

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About Natalie Milner
Assistant Editor of Cruise International magazine