London, 3 September: The winners of the British Cruise Awards 2018 have been announced at a glittering ceremony at the House of Lords hosted by Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE.

“I love cruising. If I could have a dream, a wish, it would be to cruise for the rest of my life” said Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE prior to hosting the awards.

Liz Jarvis, Editor of Cruise International magazine, which organises the British Cruise Awards, said: “There were over 80,000 votes cast in this year’s awards making them a brilliant barometer of consumer opinion and proving that there’s a huge interest in cruise travel.”

Among the winners of this year’s British Cruise Awards were Princess Cruises, which won Best Cruise Line for the fifth year running; Saga Cruises, which took the award for Best for Solo Travellers; Marella Cruises, which was awarded Best Value for Money; and P&O Cruises, which won Best for New to Cruise and Best for Onboard Entertainment.

“It’s great to get feedback from our customers – both existing and guests for the future – what they like, what they enjoy – and anything that’s celebrated by our guests is something that we embrace” said Paul Ludlow of P&O Cruises.

Bernard Carter of Oceania agreed, saying: “I think they’re a barometer for us to see how our products are faring, whether the cruise industry itself is actually offering what the customer needs, and it’s great when you see the growth in the industry and you see the growth in the numbers of people reading Cruise International.”

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Bliss, which boasts a racetrack nearly 1,000 ft long running across two decks, won Best New Ship, while Silversea was awarded Best Expedition Cruise Line.

French cruise line Ponant was named Best Boutique Cruise Line.

“We’ve been for many many years runners-up for many different awards, so it feels like finally people are noticing and it makes me happy. We’ve put a lot of work into it” said Stephen Winter of Ponant.

Venice was awarded Best European Destination, and Viking was awarded both Best River Cruise Line and Best Luxury River Cruise Line.

Celebrity Cruises was named Best for LGBT Cruisers, and the cruise line’s Vice President and Managing Director for Asia, UK & Ireland Jo Rzymowska was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to the Cruise Industry Award.

Cruise International is officially the UK’s best-selling consumer travel magazine dedicated to cruise and cruise and stay holidays, sold on the newsstand in WHSmith, supermarkets and good independent newsagents, as well as at airports including Heathrow and Gatwick.

This year’s British Cruise Awards were supported by Saga Cruises, Titan, Marella Cruises, Silversea, Ponant, Bric’s, Virgin Holidays, Nobu Hotel Miami Beach, the Port of Kirkwall, and the Cruise Lines International Association.

You can see a full list of winners HERE

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Awards Ceremony Video: PROACTION CREATIVE

Photos: Steve Dunlop