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Seatrade Cruise Awards Announces 2023 Winners


HAMBURG, Germany (7 September 2023) – Seatrade Cruise Awards, the premier awards programme for the cruise industry, made its announcement of this year’s winners during the Celebrating Cruise Brilliance: The Speakers Reception & 2023 Seatrade Cruise Awards on 6 September 2023. A record-breaking 145 nominations were submitted, highlighting the industry’s continued growth and innovation.
“The Seatrade Cruise Awards provide a global platform for showcasing leading businesses and individuals destined to shape the cruising landscape for years to come,” said Mary Bond, Group Director of Seatrade Cruise. “We extend our esteemed congratulations to the 2023 winners for their outstanding accomplishments.”
Award winners were judged by an independent panel of 16 judges that feature the leading voices from the international cruise community from key sectors that include hospitality, operations, marketing and technology that range from editors to professors, consultants to principals, managing directors to chief executive officers and are representatives from CHART Management Consultants, Cruise Baltic, Cruise Europe, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Europe, Cruise Planners, Jacoby Advisors,, Oracle Hospitality, Ocean Technologies Group, MedCruise, Pace University, River Cruise Europe, Seatrade Cruise Review, and V. Ships Leisure.
Thank you to our Principal Sponsors Oracle Hospitality and Ocean Technologies and Category Sponsors Cruise Baltic and V. Ships Leisure. The awards were presented by Mary Bond, Group Director of Seatrade Cruise. 
The winners of the awards are listed below:

Award: Destination of the Year | Winner: Cruise Gate Hamburg 

Award: Innovative Shorex of the Year | Winner: National Geographic Expeditions & Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services – Marine Treasures of Mallorca

Award: River Cruise Innovation of the Year | Winner: American Queen Voyages – Regionally Inspired Culinary Experience

Award: Port of the Year | Winner: Port of Haugesund (Karmsund Port Authority), NorwayAward: Expedition Cruise Initiative of the Year | Winner: Atlas Ocean Voyages – Epicurean ExpeditionsAward: Product of the Year Award | Winner: Silverstream Technologies – The Silverstream® System – Air Lubrication TechnologyAward: Sustainability Initiative of the Year | Winner: MSC Cruises – MSC Euribia, World’s First Net Zero Emissions Cruise Award: Seatrade Cruise Personality of the Year | Winner: Wybcke Meier, CEO, TUI Cruises GmbH

Award: Seatrade Outstanding Achievement Award | Winner: Mai Elmar – Executive Director, Cruise Port Rotterdam

“We have continually challenged ourselves to innovate and redefine the expedition definition to be inclusive of immersive adventures that can be focused on both epicurean and now cultural pursuits, ” shares James Rodriguez, president and CEO of Atlas Ocean Voyages. “Today’s Seatrade ‘Expedition Initiative of the Year Award’ validates this vision of year-round expeditions beyond the polar regions, and I wish to congratulate the entire Atlas Ocean Voyages team who have made this possible.

As sustainability remains a top priority, the Seatrade Cruise Awards have once again set a precedent by utilizing PEFC-certified Beech wood from renewable sources for the third consecutive year.


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About Seatrade Cruise Awards

Seatrade Cruise Awards forms part of the series of global Seatrade events, websites and publications that covers every aspect of the cruise and maritime industries, bringing together key people to encourage innovation and to produce powerful learning, networking and promotional platforms.

Founded in 1970, the Seatrade brand is part of the events portfolio for Informa PLC – a leading international events, intelligence and scholarly research group.For more details on this event, please visit Find out more about Seatrade and Informa Markets, visit Seatrade and Informa Markets.