The finalists for the Cruise Lines International Association 2013 Cruise Awards have been revealed with just weeks to go until the cruise industry night of nights.
More than 400 industry members will attend the sell-out awards dinner at Sydney’s new Doltone House on Hyde Park on Saturday February 8 which will be the first time the event has been held under the CLIA banner.
The evening will see 14 awards across six categories awarded to cruise specialist agents from across Australia and New Zealand.
“All the finalists played an important part in making 2013 a prosperous year for cruising down under and these awards are a great way for the cruise industry to applaud their efforts,” CLIA Australasia general manager Brett Jardine said.
Sportscaster Hamish McLachlan will MC the event for the first time, joined by actress Melanie Vallejo of Winners & Losers game.
Emirates will be the new Platinum Sponsor of the event, with Carnival Australia and Royal Caribbean as gold sponsors. Silver sponsors will include Avalon Waterways, Tauck River Cruising, Cruise Passenger magazine and Cruise Baltic.
This year will also see the first ever official after party, sponsored by travel technology firm TravelTek.
2013 CRUISE INDUSTRY AWARDS – FINALISTS
Cruise Agency of the Year – Australia
Bicton Travel Perth WA
Clean Cruising Brisbane QLD
Cruise Express Balmain NSW
Our Vacation Centre Helensvale QLD
Ozcruising Philip ACT
Cruise Agency of the Year – New Zealand
Cruise Republic Auckland
House of Travel Hamilton
Lets Cruise Auckland
Manly United Travel Manly
Cruise Consultant of the Year – Australia
Alana Freeman-Gibbs Ozcruising ACT
Mary Kelly Cruiseabout Concord NSW
Deborah Long Weston Cruise & Travel ACT
Lance Mumby Cruise Express Balmain NSW
Philip Smethurst Bicton Travel WA
Cruise Consultant of the Year – New Zealand
Evelyn Lee Midday Travel Auckland
Jamie McDonald Cruiseabout Takapuna
Lisa Roebuck Boutique Mondo Travel New Plymouth
Trish Ryder Manly United Travel
Mark Smith Lets Cruise Auckland
Rising Star – Australia
Kerri Anderson Just Cruises, Brisbane QLD
Kristy Swyny Travel Edge, Redbank QLD
Bradley Yesberg helloworld, Albany Creek QLD
Rising Star – New Zealand
Claire Grogan Cruise Republic
Billy Gutierrez Cruiseabout Pukekohe
Jessica Lamb Cruiseabout Takapuna
Agency Promotion of the Year – Australia
Bicton Travel WA “Cruise Expo”
Cruise Holidays QLD “Lawn Bowls Cruise of New Zealand”
Easy Travel and Cruise SA “Best Job in the Bridge”
Agency Promotion of the Year – New Zealand
Harvey World Travel Bayfair “Child Cancer Foundation Promotion”
House of Travel Upper Riccarton “Europe River Cruise Group”
iCruise Auckland “Diamond Princess – Summer Cruises”
Network Promotion of the Year – Australasia
Cruiseabout (Australia) “What Kind of Cruiser Are You”
Cruiseabout (New Zealand) “Cruiseabout & Sony with TVNZ’s Breakfast Show”
Escape Travel (Australia) “Cruise Data Driven Campaign”
House of Travel (New Zealand) “Explore the World of Cruising”
Mondo Travel (New Zealand) “100 Reasons to Cruise”