LONDON, 3 SEPTEMBER: Lynn Narraway, Managing Director UK & Ireland for Holland America Line and Seabourn, is to be honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to the Cruise Industry award at the British Cruise Awards on Thursday.

Liz Jarvis, Editor of Cruise International magazine, which organises the British Cruise Awards, said: “Lynn is a phenomenal force in the cruise industry and was instrumental in helping to launch the cruise-and-stay concept.

“As a senior female figure in the industry she has been an inspiration to so many women, she has taken a pivotal role in educating cruise agents, and we are delighted to be able to recognise her achievements with this prestigious award.”

The award is the only category voted for by judges, who this year were Liz Jarvis, Editor of Cruise International; Sophie Griffiths, Editor of Travel Trade Gazette; and well-known cruise experts Julie Peasgood and Sara Macefield.

Lynn Narraway said: “I am overwhelmed and honoured to have been chosen to receive this prestigious award. As everyone who knows me is aware, I have always been and continue to be passionate about our industry and all things cruise. It is all about the talented people who help provide those experiences for our guests – whether on our ships or ashore, our amazing travel agent partners, the team at CLIA and our friends in the media. It’s such an exciting time to work for Seabourn and Holland America Line, with new ships, innovations and destinations.”     

Previous winners of the Outstanding Contribution to the Cruise Industry award include Jo Rzymowksa, Vice President and Managing Director of Celebrity Cruises; Arnold Donald, CEO of the Carnival Corporation; Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises; Torstein Hagen, founder and CEO of Viking Cruises; Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Chairman of Silversea; and Mikael Krafft, founder and CEO of Star Clippers.

The ninth annual British Cruise Awards will take place at the House of Lords on Thursday evening, with a speech by Rachel Johnson, and will be attended by Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE.