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Signature Luxury Travel & Style Luxury Cruise Awards Judge
Penny Spencer
Spencer Travel, New South Wales

Penny Spencer is the owner and managing director of Spencer Travel and one of our experts on the judging panel of the 2023 Signature Luxury Travel & Style Luxury Cruise Awards.

Penny works across all cruise lines with a strong focus on luxury, river and expedition cruising. Penny is also a self-confessed Disney and Disney Cruise aficionado, so if you’re a Disneyphile – get in contact with Penny!

How long have you been in your current role, and what are your biggest professional achievements?

I have owned and run Spencer Travel for 25 years, however I’ve been in the travel industry for more than 35 years. Some of my biggest professional achievements have been starting the business 25 years ago, winning multiple awards, retaining staff for over 20 years and writing my book.

What has been your most memorable travel experience, and what is next on your wishlist?

Turning a corner on the Great Wall of China and seeing a fine dining lunch set up on the Wall, with waiters in white gloves and white linen tablecloths, organised by Imperial China Tours. Next on the wish list – which I’m doing in January – is trekking with gorillas in Rwanda.

Penny Spencer’s accolades: 

  • SmartCompany’s Top 30 Female Entrepreneurs
  • Telstra Women in Business Awards finalist (NSW)
  • Travel Weekly’s Women in Travel Power List
  • Finalist in Telstra NSW Australian Business Awards
  • Number 25 in BRW’s Top 50 Best Places to Work
  • Finalist in the My Business Awards
  • AFTA /NTIA Best Corporate Travel Agency in Australia 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017
  • Inducted into the National Travel Industry Australia (NTIA) Hall of Fame
  • Winners of the City of Sydney Business Award for Tourism
  • Shortlisted finalist for the overall City of Sydney Business of the Year Award

At Signature Luxury Travel & Style we are committed to supporting organisations with a focus on responsible travel and sustainability. What does sustainable travel mean to you?

It is important to be mindful of responsible tourism. I ensure that whatever travel or touring I do is sustainable and responsible.

When you’re not working or cruising, what do you enjoy doing?

Walking, yoga and reading.

To contact Penny Spencer

Phone: (02) 92815477

Signature Luxury Travel & Style Luxury Cruise Awards

The 2023 winning cruise lines will be revealed in the upcoming issue of Signature Luxury Travel & Style, on sale in November. Subscribe here to receive the latest issue once it’s published. You can view last year’s winning cruise lines here.

About the awards

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Signature Luxury Travel & Style’s Luxury Cruise Awards celebrate the ocean, river, expedition, family and tall-ship cruise lines that go above and beyond when it comes to onboard and onshore services, experiences and facilities.

These awards spotlight the world’s finest cruise lines, ships and operators, offering guests an unrivalled experience. We call upon the knowledge of 18 cruising experts and travel advisors to judge our annual World’s Best Luxury Cruise Awards. Luxury Cruise Lines are awarded points across six key categories: suites, service, dining, wellness, itineraries and shore excursions. The results? A worthy collection of finalists and winners who set the bar for the future of cruising.