The Cruise Passenger Readers’ Choice Awards were held at a stylish function in the Observatory Hotel, close to Sydney’s home of cruising, Sydney Harbour, on Monday evening, December 6, 2010.
Guests awaited with anticipation the announcement of the coveted Best Luxury Cruise Line and Best Luxury Cruise Ship awards, which were given to Silversea and Silver Shadow.
Sally Macmillan, editor of Cruise Passenger magazine, said, “Our readers love that Silversea’s guests revel in the sophisticated 1930s ambience on board the Art Deco- designed ships. These ships truly make you take a step back to old-fashioned glamour and enjoy the romance of travel while onboard."
The winner, Silversea, will showcase another of its luxurious cruise ships on March 1, when Silver Spirit will cruise into Sydney on her maiden voyage.
There was much applause when Sydney was announced as the best cruise port.
" Sydney has broken all records with 154 cruise-ship visits this 2010/2011 season, a 30 per cent increase on last year. It’s no wonder readers have voted Sydney their favourite port," Sally Macmillan said.
“It’s wonderful for the New South Wales economy as close to $200 million will be spent by cruisers and crew during these visits."
A Sydney highlight for 2011 will be the arrival of the new Queen Elizabeth and sister ship Queen Mary 2, who will rendezvous on Sydney Harbour on February 22.
The winner of the premium cruise line category, Princess Cruises, has launched the season with its two Australia-based ships, Dawn Princess and Sun Princess.
It’s exciting for Sydneysiders to witness four maiden voyages in 2011. These will be from:
• Pacific Pearl on February 3
• Seabourn Sojourn on February 5
• Queen Elizabeth on February 22
• Silver Spirit on March 1
The Overseas Passenger Terminal will mark its 50th anniversary this year on December 23, half a century after the first P&O Cruises vessel docked in 1960.
Cruise Passenger readers also voted Alaska as the best cruise region and Qantas as their favourite airline.
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Some of the winners are listed below:
Best Luxury Cruise Line
2nd: Crystal Cruises
3rd: Regent Seven Seas
Best Luxury Cruise Ship
1st: Silver Shadow
2nd: Crystal Serenity
3rd: Silver Cloud
Best Premium Cruise Line
1st: Princess Cruises
3rd: Holland America Line
Best Premium Cruise Ship
1st: Queen Mary 2
2nd: Sun Princess
3rd: Diamond Princess
Best Adventure/Small Ship Cruise Line
1st: Captain Cook Cruises
2nd: Orion Expedition Cruises
3rd: Aurora Expeditions
Best Adventure/Small Ship Cruise Ship
2nd: True North
3rd: Coral Princess
Best River Cruise Line
2nd: Scenic Tours
3rd: Avalon Waterways
Best River Cruise Ship
1st: MS Amabella
2nd: MS Amadagio
3rd: Scenic Diamond
Best Cruise Port