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Cruise Awards 2017

The cruise industry is growing at an unprecedented rate in Australia (21 per cent in the past year alone), as travellers of an ever-widening age range explore the incredible itineraries – and ships – on offer across the globe. Last year, one in 19 Australians (1.28 million of us) went on an ocean cruise, the highest per-capita rate in the world. Our panel of 10 top cruise specialists and travel advisors have nominated the most impressive luxury cruise lines, big, small, yachting and expedition. Our judges ranked their selections for each sub-category, which we then converted to points to determine the overall winners.

Winners per Category

751-2500+ passengers
251-750 passengers
50-250 passengers
Luxury Expedition
Four-star Ship, Five-star Experience



Alison Di Paolo
Claremont Cruise & Travel Centre

This year is Alison’s 41st year in our exciting industry, and she has been with Claremont Cruise & Travel for 11 years. Her specialty is luxury travel and cruising.

Anthony Goldman
Goldman Travel Group

As a third-generation travel professional, travel has always been in Anthony’s blood. The Goldmans are at the forefront of travel advisory in Australia.

Claudia Rossi Hudson
Mary Rossi Travel

Claudia has loved cruising since the 1960s. After 40-plus years working in the family travel business, she has introduced cruising to thousands of delighted passengers.

Jason Kroupa
House of Travel

While Jason’s team is based in the small New Zealand town of Motueka, their specialist knowledge of luxury cruising makes them leaders in their field.

Jo Gostin
FBI Travel

Jo owned and operated her own agency until 2001 when she merged with FBI Travel. Her expertise as a travel advisor lies in the cruising market.

Justine Sealey
Ramsgate Travel Service

Justine has been with Ramsgate Travel Service for the past 24 years, and has an in-depth knowledge of the cruise industry. Riverboats are her specialty.

Melinda Gregor
Gregor & Lewis

Melinda has been in the travel industry for over 30 years. Gregor & Lewis is an award-winning luxury boutique travel agency specialising in luxury cruising.

Penny Spencer
Spencer Group of Companies

Named in SmartCompany’s 2017 list of Australia’s Top 30 female entrepreneurs, Penny leads a portfolio of travel companies specialising in corporate and leisure travel.

Philip Hoffmann
Phil Hoffmann Travel

Philip was awarded an Order of Australia in 2012 for his contribution to the travel and tourism industries. He employs 220 passionate South Australians in 10 branches.

Philip Smethurst
Bicton Travel Premium

Philip creates bespoke travel experiences for luxury travellers. Bicton Travel has been recognised as Australia’s Leading Cruise Travel Agency six times in the CLIA Awards.