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Seatrade Cruise Awards 2020 – Your Chance at Industry Wide Recognition!

Seatrade Cruise Awards, the premier award programme for the global cruise industry, is back for its 14th edition to celebrate industry’s excellence.

Seatrade Cruise Awards, the premier award programme for the global cruise industry, is back for its 14th edition to celebrate industry’s excellence in nine diverse categories. The awards bring entrants the opportunity to nominate people, destinations, cruise lines, brands and initiatives from every corner of the world for a chance to showcase their achievements in the spotlight!

Why Enter Seatrade Cruise Awards?

Not only is it exceptionally rewarding to have your hard work recognised and celebrated, success at the awards give entrants a competetive edge, allowing them to showcase their brand to the entire Seatrade community and gain visibility from key players within the industry.

To inspire you – our previous winners share some exciting testimonials about their experience winning at Seatrade Cruise Awards.

“We are the proud winners of three Seatrade Innovative Shore Excursion of the Year Awards…Our team thinks of it as the ‘Academy Awards’ of cruise, and works very hard to stay creative, relevant and on point to ensure we deliver the ‘best of the best’ in the regions of the world we service… all of us with the A&K Group of Companies [are] grateful to Seatrade for giving us a forum to celebrate our success.”

David Vass | Senior Vice President | Worldwide Cruise Business & Operations | Abercrombie & Kent Destination Management

"Receiving the inaugural ‘Marine Interior Design of the Year’ in 2019 was a huge honour and a great testament to all of the creative work that over 60 designers at SMC Design contributed towards over a period of four years…We thank Seatrade Cruise Awards for this recognition and encourage all of our design partners - whether that be fellow design studios or our supplier network - to enter such a prestigious industry awards events in the future to recognise your teams hard work!"

Ben Wilson BA AssocRINA | Senior Designer/Project Manager | SMC Design

“Winning the Port of the Year 2019 award was truly tremendous success and we are all very honoured and proud of this award given by a jury of eminent leaders of the industry. This award is recognition to our entire team… [and] also great motivation and obligation to continue with further development and growth. Since we are the first Croatian cruise port to win this award, this is also an exceptional promotion of the Zadar City, Zadar region, and Croatia.”

Rebeka V. Pevec M.B.A. | General Manager | Zadar Cruise Port 

Check out our 2020 Award Entry Guide for more information on how to prepare a winning entry! 


Meet the Judges

To help us decide between so many outstanding nominees, we have invited a panel of independent judges, made up of fourteen leading industry professionals, to review the nominations, make a shortlist and eventually select the winner. You can meet all of our judges here.

Not sure where to start? Below, our judges have shared tips of how to make a standout nomination to increase your chances at winning. With years of experience at awards panels – they certainly know what will help you shine among the competition!

awards icon.png"Value to the industry as a whole (rather than to the candidate per se); value to the cruise consumer; true innovation; results achieved; and how closely the submission addresses the award criteria." 

Ted Blamey | Principal | CHART Management Consultants

awards icon.png"An ideal entry would demonstrate creative thinking and have clear points of difference. It would be relevant to current challenges faced by the industry, or community it serves, and would be looking to move it forward with an obvious passion."

Grenville Cartledge | Managing Director | Four Gold

awards icon.png"The best entries clearly communicate the innovation with a clear value proposition for the end consumer and how it differs from the status quo."

William F. Humphrey, Jr. Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Marketing | Florida International University



You’re now excited to enter and have gathered some useful tips for your future application – what’s next? Let’s review some of the categories that are available to enter this year!

Expedition Cruise Initiative of the Year Award
A brand-new award to celebrate the up and coming Expedition Cruising! Thrilling shore excursions, unique designs and products, and advanced ships are part of the incredible Expedition experience.

Sustainability Award (Sponsored by Cruise Baltic)
At the forefront of industry’s minds this category invites applicants who have embedded sustainability,
both socially and environmentally, in their day to day operations.

Talent Development Award
This award invites you to acknowledge and celebrate a commitment to talent development and training both on and offshore for the cruise sector.

For more information and the full list of categories, visit our website


How to Enter

We encourage entries from all sectors of the global cruise industry! It does not matter if it’s your first time or you’ve entered before – now is the best opportunity to showcase your achievements. It’s free and simple to enter, you’re just one click away – good luck!




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