Now in its ninth year, the Seatrade Cruise Awards, sponsored by Oracle Hospitality, which recently acquired long-time sponsor Fidelio Cruise, are highly regarded as the industry’s premier award scheme. With a call for nominations already issued, the deadline for all entries is 31 July 2015, now less than five days away.
Competition within the cruise and river industry has never been stronger. With over 23 million passengers expected to board a cruise ship in 2015, nearly a 5% increase compared to 2014, there is a pressing need for companies to make sure they distinguish themselves from the competition. The Seatrade Cruise Awards ultimately give entrants the opportunity to broadcast their success in the industry and further encourage new business with an internationally recognised mark of excellence and achievement.
Seven categories have been announced for the 2015 Seatrade Cruise Awards, including Port of the Year; Destination of the Year; Supplier of the Year; Environment Initiative Award; Innovative Shorex of the Year; Seatrade Cruise Personality of the Year, sponsored by V.Ships, and the Seatrade Lifetime Achievement for Services to Cruising.
The awards will be judged by an independent panel of judges, made up of leading industry experts, including: Brad Anderson, co-president, Avoya Travel / America’s Vacation Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Bud Darr, svp, technical and regulatory affairs, CLIA; Per Bjornesen, director, V. Ships Leisure; Grenville Cartledge, managing director, Four Gold, consultancy and support services for the cruise and hospitality industry, UK; Andrew Coggins, cruise industry analyst, clinical professor, management & management science department, Lubin School of Business, Pace University, New York; Antonius Heuer, vp global cruise, Orcale; Brett Jardine, general manager, CLIA Australasia; Anne Kalosh, US editor, Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News; Tony Peisley, director, A.R.Peisley (Cruise Analysts), UK; Carla Salvado, president, MedCruise and Jens Skrede, managing director, Cruise Europe.
Entries are currently open in all categories until 31 July, 2015. Those successful in reaching the shortlist will be notified, with winners to be announced at the CLIA Germany annual dinner, on the occasion of Seatrade Europe, 2015.