The winners of the 2019 Wave Awards have been revealed.

Finalists attended a prestigious black-tie event and gala dinner at London’s De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, where they were treated to first-class entertainment from Marella Cruises and comedian Hal Cruttenden.

This year saw the introduction of new categories, including Best Environmental Initiative, Best Retail Agent, Best Non-Retail Agent and Best Agent Consortia or Homeworking Agency.

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Other highlights of the night included the John Honeywell Award, named after the former editor-at-large of World of Cruising and a true industry legend, and the Grand Prix winner, recognising those who have gone above and beyond to drive the sector forward.

The awards – organised by Real Response Media – celebrate the very best in the cruise industry, and are open to cruise lines, travel agents, tourist boards and ports.

See the pictures from the night in the online gallery.

Winners as follows:


Best Ocean Cruise Line
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
  • Highly Commended – MSC Cruises
Best River Cruise Line
  • Avalon Waterways
Best Luxury Ocean Cruise Line 
  • Seabourn
  • Highly Commended – Crystal Cruises
Best Luxury River Cruise Line
  • Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Best Premium Cruise Line
  • Celebrity Cruises
Best Expedition Cruise Line
  • G Adventures
Best for Solo Travellers (ocean or river)
  • Saga Cruises
Best Specialist Cruise Line
  • Voyages to Antiquity
Best New Ship Launch  
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines– Symphony of the Seas
Best Value-for-Money Cruise Line (ocean or river)
  • Saga Cruises
  • Highly Commended – Cruise & Maritime Voyages
Best Family Cruise Line
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

Grand Prix Winner

  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines


Best Retail Agent
  • Trailfinders
Best Non-Retail Agent
  • Iglu Cruise
  • Highly Commended – Cruise Nation
Best Online Agent
  • WTH UK
  • Highly Commended – Cruise Nation
Best Agent Consortia or Homeworking Agency
  • Advantage Travel Partnership


Best Advertising, PR or Marketing Campaign
  • ROL Cruise – Cruise Miles Loyalty Programme
Best Escorted & Specialist Tour Operator
  • Intrepid Travel
  • Highly Commended – G Adventures
Best Transfer Service
  • Titan Travel
Best Digital or Web-based Platform or Service
  • Azamara Club Cruises
Best Environmental Initiative
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
Best Use of Technology
  • Celebrity Cruises


Best for Accommodation

  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Best for Cuisine

  • Oceania Cruises
  • Highly Commended – Crystal Cruises

Best for Entertainment

  • MSC Cruises
  • Highly Commended – Marella Cruises

Best for Enrichment

  • Voyages to Antiquity

Best for Wellbeing/Spas

  • Marella Cruises
  • Highly Commended – Regent Seven Seas Cruises


Best Destination (Port or Country)
  • Greece – Greek National Tourism Organisation
  • Highly Commended – Cruise Jamaica
Best Port
  • Port of Seattle
  • Highly Commended – ABP Southampton
Best Excursion
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Wellness Shore Excursions
  • Highly Commended – Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services – VIP tour of Kennedy Space Center


Favourite Travel Cruise Blogger
  • Ben & David – Cruise With Ben & David

Favourite Cruise Travel Agent

  • Bolsover Cruise Club

Favourite Cruise Destination

  • Barbados

Favourite Luxury/Premium Cruise Line

  • Cunard

Favourite Specialist Cruise Line

  • Silversea Cruises
  • Highly Commended – Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Favourite River Cruise Line

  • Viking River Cruises

Favourite Ocean Cruise Line

  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
  • Highly Commended – P&O Cruises


Mike Evans, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, and Mike Rodwell, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines