SLTS 2023 Luxury Cruise Awards to be revealed

Tune into LATTE this Thursday 30 November for all the winners!

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.

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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.

FLASH BACK TO 2017: River Ships: Cathy Tees (Crystal River Cruises), Justine Sealey (panellist, Ramsgate Travel Service), Sally Morgan (Aqua Expeditions), Juliana Higgins (Tauck), Fiona Dalton (Uniworld), Chris Fundell (Avalon Waterways)

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
  • Ship-in-a-Ship

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.

FLASH BACK to 2017: Small Ships: Sarina Bratton (Ponant), Gerd Wilmer (Hapag-Lloyd Cruises), Leanne Fonagy (Silversea), Claudia Rossi Hudson (panellist, Mary Rossi Travel), Belinda Osmic (Azamara Club Cruises), Lisa Pile (Regent Seven Seas Cruises), Ben Angell (Oceania Cruises), Tony Archbold (Seabourn)

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.

And because we are loving these flashback photos, here are more from 2017 to enjoy!

Cathy Wagstaff, CEO & Group Editor, Signature Media; Lisa Pile (RSSC); Ben Angell (Oceania)
Expedition: Four-star ships, five star experience: Robert Halfpenny (Aurora Expeditions), Philip Engelberts (Coral Expeditions), Hilary Doling (Signature Media), Neil Rodgers (Lindblad Expeditions), Melissa Byrne (Quark Expeditions), Laurent Wong (Aranui Cruises)
Expedition: Luxury: Philip Engelberts (True North Adventure Cruises), Monique Ponfoort (Ponant), Gerd Wilmer (Hapag-Lloyd Cruises), Leanne Fonagy (Silversea), Carissa Johnson (for panellist Penny Spencer, Spencer Group of Companies)
Boutique Ships: Julie Denovan (SeaDream Yacht Club), Michael Corbett (Ponant), Phil Hoffmann (panellist, Phil Hoffmann Travel), Cathy Tees (Crystal Yacht Cruises), Juliana Higgins (Windstar Cruises)
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