Signature Luxury Travel & Style Cruise Awards’ Winners

LATTE's consumer facing sister-title reveals the 'Best of' luxury cruise lines

Signature Media’s masthead magazine title, Signature Luxury Travel & Style (SLTS), has revealed the finalists and winners of its annual ‘Best of’ Cruise Awards, making their return in 2022 after the COVID-induced global cruise pause.

Now in its fourth iteration, the World’s Best Luxury Cruise Ships awards recognise the leading ocean, river, expedition, family and tall-ship cruise lines operating around the globe. This year’s awards saw dozens of cruise lines evaluated and polled on a range of criteria by a panel of luxury cruise experts. Their feedback was tallied to determine the Top 3 across nine different categories, plus SLTS sought their votes on the best Luxury Operator and the Most Anticipated New Ships.

A point of distinction for SLTS’s World’s Best Luxury Cruise Ships awards is the stringent voting process. Signature Luxury Travel & Style‘s panelists were asked to assess, for example, the cruise operator with the Best Suites, Best Service, Best Dining, Best Wellness, Best Itineraries, Best Shore Tours and Best Expedition Team (where applicable).

Seven Seas Splendor in Miami

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Cathy Wagstaff, Editor of Signature Media, said “We are thrilled to have worked with an esteemed panel of 16 luxury travel advisors that specialise in cruising and to have drawn from their vast knowledge and that of their clients.

“Each of these advisors is at the pinnacle of selling luxury cruises and is highly regarded in the cruise industry.

“We have chosen to do our annual awards this way rather than to do a readers’ choice award as many of our readers may not have knowledge of all the ships in the luxury category and the voting may have been skewed by their own experience on just who they have cruised with.

“Being able to tap into this knowledge bank has been exceptionally valuable and we are very appreciative of the amount of time each of these panellists put into this,” Wagstaff said.

Winners included Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Silversea, Ponant, Oceania Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, Aqua Expeditions and Quark Expeditions. The categories included:

  • Ocean Ships

    • More than 750 passengers
      1. Oceania Cruises
      2. Viking Cruises
      3. Celebrity Cruises
    • 251-749 passengers
      1. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
      2. Silversea Cruises
      3. Seabourn
    • Boutique yachts
      1. Silversea
      2. Ponant
      3. SeaDream Yacht Club
    • Tall ships
      1. Ponant
      2. Windstar Cruises
      3. Star Clippers
    • Multi-Generational
      1. Celebrity Cruises
      2. Royal Caribbean International
      3. Norwegian Cruise Line
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  • River Cruises

    • Europe
      1. Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
      2. Viking and Tauck (tie)
    • Rest of the World
      1. Aqua Expeditions
      2. Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
      3. Scenic (Mekong)
  • Expedition Ships

    • Luxury
      1. Silversea Expeditions
      2. Seabourn
      3. Ponant
    • Four-star ship, Five-star experience
      1. Quark Expeditions
      2. Hurtigruten Expeditions
      3. Aurora Expeditions

Abercrombie & Kent lead the ‘Luxury Operator’ field, followed by Captain’s Choice and Tauck.

The ‘Most Anticipated New Ships’ was that of MSC Group’s new ultra-luxury cruise brand, Explora Journeys and its launch vessel, EXPLORA I. In second was Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ sixth ship, Seven Seas Grandeur and in third, Seabourn Pursuit.

Uniworld SS Catherine

The 16 cruise experts/travel advisors that weighed in on the 2022 Cruise Awards included:

  • Penny Spencer, Spencer Travel
  • Phil Smethurst, Bicton Travel
  • Robyn Sinfield, Home Travel Company
  • Neil Kirky, Travel Masters & The Travel Studio
  • Hayley Serebro, FBI Travel
  • Alison Di Paolo, Claremont Cruise & Travel Centre
  • Jean Summers-Reeves, Clean Cruising
  • Vicki Williamson, MTA
  • Phil Hoffmann AM, Phil Hoffmann Travel
  • Jeff Leckey, House of Travel
  • Elizabeth Clark, The Cruise Centre
  • David Brandon, Savenio
  • Melinda Gregor, Gregor & Lewis Bespoke Travel
  • Mandy Dwyer, Main Beach Travel
  • Anthony Goldman, Goldman Travel Group
  • Natalie Cherry, Noosa Cruise and Travel and Helloworld

Signature Media is proudly the parent company of LATTE.

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