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A rapidly growing river and expedition cruise line triumphs in a fiercely contested category.

Uniworld is taking the luxury river cruise world by storm with four new ships set to launch in 2020.

Renowned for its luxury hotels, trains and safaris, Belmond is now a major player in river cruising.

Finalists: APT, Delfin Amazon Cruises, Sanctuary Retreats, Scenic River Cruises, The Strand Cruise, Viking River Cruises


Best suites

1. Aqua Expeditions
2. Uniworld
3. APT

Best wellness

1. Aqua Expeditions
2. Belmond
3. Uniworld

Best service

1. Aqua Expeditions
2. Uniworld
3. Belmond

Best itineraries

1. Uniworld
2. Viking
3. Aqua Expeditions

Best dining

1. Aqua Expeditions
2. Uniworld
3. APT

Best shore tours

1. Scenic
2. Aqua Expeditions
3. APT

About the awards


Following the success of the Signature Luxury Travel & Style Cruise Awards for the past two years, we have reassembled our panel of expert judges – comprising 18 of Australasia’s leading luxury cruising experts and travel advisors – to vote on their top three cruise lines and cruise tour specialists across a range of categories. Points are awarded in six key categories – for best suites, service, dining, wellness, itineraries and shore excursions – with the total combined points determining the overall award winners.