The Signature Luxury Travel & Style 2023 Luxury Cruise Awards, as voted by a distinguished panel of local elite travel advisors, luxury cruise experts and specialist commentators, will be revealed this Thursday (30 November) at a celebratory event at the Sydney Opera House.
Compiled and presented by LATTE‘s sister consumer-facing magazine title, Signature Luxury Travel & Style, this year is the fifth iteration of the accolades and the first in-person ceremony since 2017.
Dozens of representatives from the leading high-end, boutique, expedition and luxury-focused cruise operators sailing the world’s oceans, rivers and waterways, and from pole to pole, will be in attendance at the awards in Sydney. The event will be hosted by returning celebratory emcee, Andrew Daddo.
Cathy Wagstaff, CEO & Group Editor of Signature Media thanked the panel of 19 judges for taking time out of their hectic schedules to submit their votes in the 2023 Luxury Cruise Awards, which this year incorporates the largest number of cruise lines in the event’s history and a number of new categories. Wagstaff also lauded event sponsors who have given generously to bring the event to life in this year’s enhanced showcase.
“Signature Luxury Travel & Style‘s 2023 World’s Best Luxury Cruise Ships awards have been in the works for over six months and we’re beyond thrilled to be on the cusp of revealing this year’ winners,” Wagstaff said.
What are the 2023 categories?
Signature Luxury Travel & Style‘s 2023 World Best Luxury Cruise Awards comprises a dozen categories; which include:
- Ocean Ships – more than 750 passengers
- Ocean Ships – 251 – 749 passengers
- Ocean Ships – Boutique, 50 – 250 passengers
- Ocean Ships – Yachts, 50 – 250 passengers
- Ocean Ships – Tall Ships
- Ocean Ships – Multi-Generational
- River Cruises – Europe
- River Cruises – Rest of the World
- Expedition Ships – Luxury
- Expedition Ships – Four-star ship, Five-star experience
- Luxury Operator
The event’s Headline Sponsor is boutique travel agency, Travel Associates.
“Luxury cruising is one of the most sought-after travel experiences for our clients and with the incredible array of luxury brands now in the market, this sector continues to gain momentum for the Travel Associates business,” said Rachel Kingswell, General Manager, Travel Associates Australia and New Zealand.
“We’re also incredibly proud of the calibre of cruise experts within our brand in Australia and New Zealand.”
“We continue to build expertise within Travel Associates for this critical market and with new ships, new brands and exciting new itineraries for the discerning traveller, supporting the SLTS Luxury Cruise Awards was important for us as a thank you to the exceptional partners and leaders in the industry that we are fortunate to work with every day,” Kingswell added.
Other sponsors for the event include Crown Towers Sydney, Monaco Tourism and print warehouse, IVE Group.
Michael Fletcher, Director of Sales, said: “Crown Towers Sydney is delighted to be a Gold Sponsor of the 2023 Luxury Cruise Awards, and as Sydney’s landmark harbourfront luxury resort hotel, we look forward to working closely with the industry as luxury cruise tourism to and within Australia continues to rebound.”
“Crown Towers combines luxury with cutting-edge technology, the finest dining, stunning infinity pools and facilities unlike anything Sydney has seen before, making it the perfect choice for pre- and post-cruise accommodation.”
The 2023 Luxury Cruise Awards will be shared live exclusively by LATTE on our social media platforms this Thursday afternoon, from midday. Register to follow our Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram channels here.
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