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The highly anticipated Signature Luxury Travel & Style’s Luxury Cruise Awards is back, and better than ever. It’s a compendium of the world’s finest ocean, river, expedition, family and tall-ship cruising. Our fifth annual awards celebrate the top cruise lines, ships and operators in the industry – all of which are thriving.

This year saw more than one million guests across the world embark upon luxury voyages, heading towards 1.5 million by 2030. Locally, Australia’s cruise industry generated a whopping $5.63 billion for the economy in the past financial year alone, a staggering revival following the pandemic. Furthermore, a fleet of exceptional vessels entered the scene in 2023, many boasting new sustainable technologies and delivering increasingly impressive gastronomic, cultural and immersive experiences to guests.

With that in mind, our annual Luxury Cruise Awards are judged by a panel of 19 leading luxury cruise experts and travel advisors who rate major cruise lines across 11 key categories, including suites, service, dining, wellness, itineraries and shore excursions. Each cruise line is awarded points that are tallied to determine the overall winners. From onboard and on-shore services to facilities and experiences, our winners and finalists set the standard for the future of cruising.


Oceania Vista in Lisbon

Ocean ships

More than 750 passengers

The top deck on Seven Seas Splendour

Ocean ships

251-750 passengers


Ocean ships

Boutique 50 – 250 passengers

Le Ponant botique yacht

Ocean ships

Yacht’s 50 – 250 passengers

Windstar cruising Moorea

Ocean ships

Tall Ships

Pool area on Celebrity Beyond

Ocean ships


SS Beatrice cruising through Europe

River cruises


Pool area of Uniworld's SS Sphinx

River cruises

Rest of the World

Silversea Expeditions

Expedition ships


Quark Expeditions

Expedition ships

Four-star ship, five-star experience

The Haven on . Norwegian Prima


An exclusive ship cocoon

Private suite on Ponant, chartered by Abercrombie & Kent

Luxury operator

Whale-spotting in Greenland with Hurtigruten


Seven Seas Grandeur

Most anticipated new ships


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Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor



We called upon the knowledge of 19 expert cruise travel advisors to judge our annual cruise awards. Each is an expert in their field.

Robyn Sinfield
Home Travel Company

Robyn Sinfield is the co-owner of Home Travel Company and specialises in river, ocean and expedition cruising. She has clocked up more than 900 cruise nights at sea.

Penny Spencer
Spencer Travel

A passion for corporate travel and high-end leisure has underpinned Penny Spencer’s 35 years in the travel industry. She’s also the recipient of multiple industry awards.

Alison Di Paolo
Claremont Cruise & Travel Centre

Cruising is the holiday of choice for luxury travel specialist Alison Di Paolo, who has enjoyed 46 years in the industry. She has specialised in luxury cruising for 26 years.

Phil Smethurst
Bicton Travel

Phil Smethurst is co-founder and director of Perth’s Bicton Travel. Now in its 25th year, Bicton Travel is recognised as one of Australia’s leading cruise and luxury travel agencies.

Jeff Leckey
House of Travel

As general manager of Cruise Australasia for the House of Travel Group, Jeff Leckey has more than 40 years of consultancy experience and a love for innovative, unique itineraries.

Jean Summers-Reeves
Clean Cruising

Jean Summers-Reeves is a recognised CLIA Cruise Master, and the director of product and marketing at Clean Cruising. Her love of cruising has seen her travel on over 35 ships, with her favourites being expedition voyages.

David Brandon

David Brandon is the managing director of Savenio Australia. Of his 40 years as a travel agent, David has dedicated 20 years to selling luxury cruises.

Vicki Willamson

Vicki Willamson has 40 years’ experience in the travel industry and 16 years specialising in cruising. A water-lover by nature, she says cruising is the best way to travel.

Natalie Cherry
Noosa Cruise and Travel and Helloworld

As owner and manager of Noosa Cruise and Travel, Natalie Cherry specialises in luxury and expedition cruising, with 27 years of experience in the industry.

Louise Goldsbury
Cruisey Life

Louise Goldsbury has 25 years of experience writing cruise reviews and travel stories with a special interest in small ships, expeditions, river cruises and luxury experiences.

Michael Middleton
My Cruises

Michael Middleton has worked in the travel industry for 30+ years and is the general manager of My Cruises. He is also the CLIA Winner of Large Cruise Agency of the Year Australasia in 2023.

Pamela Sanchez Zola
Zeppelin Travel

Pamela Sanchez Zola is a senior travel advisor at Zeppelin Travel, and a luxury and expedition cruising expert. Pamela is particularly skilled at crafting unique adventures for her clients.

Rachel Kingswell
Travel Associates

With 25 years of industry experience, Rachel Kingswell leads a team of 300 highly experienced travel advisors as general manager across Australia and New Zealand.

Philip Hoffmann AM
Phil Hoffmann Travel

Managing director and founder of Phil Hoffmann Travel, Philip Hoffmann was inducted into the CLIA Hall of Fame in 2017 for his outstanding contribution to the Australian cruise industry and was named as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012 for his contribution to the travel and tourism industries.

Mandy Dwyer
Main Beach Travel

Mandy Dwyer is the owner and director of Main Beach Travel and specialises in luxury and expedition cruising. Main Beach Travel is a member of the Virtuoso family.

Melinda Gregor
Gregor & Lewis Bespoke Travel

Owner and Managing Director of Gregor & Lewis Bespoke Travel, Melinda Gregor has a passion for luxury and small-ship cruising fostered over 35 years in the industry.

Anthony Goldman
Goldman Travel Group

Anthony Goldman is the joint managing director of Goldman Travel Group. As third-generation professionals, the Goldmans are at the forefront of travel advisory in Australia.

Jean Summers-Reeves
Clean Cruising

Jean is a recognised CLIA Cruise Master, and the director of product and marketing at Clean Cruising. Jean has sailed on 35 ships, but her favourites are expedition voyages.

Fay Cohen
Wentworth Travel

An award-winning Australian travel consultant, Fay Cohen is an executive travel designer at Wentworth Travel, a boutique agency in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs.

Guy Dundas

Guy Dundas is the managing editor of LATTE, Australia’s leading luxury travel trade news source. He launched LATTE Cruise in 2019 and is Signature Media’s resident cruise guru.