The European winners of the World Travel Awards were announced in a lavish ceremony at the end of August, and the winner of the award for Europe’s Leading Cruise Line was announced as Norwegian Cruise Line.
The awards ceremony was held in Antalya in Turkey with awards voted for by both travel agents and consumers, and this is the sixth year in a row that Norwegian Cruise Line has been voted as the top cruise line in Europe. The award was accepted by Francesco Paradisi, the Senior Manager Business Development of the cruise line.
Kevin Sheehan, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, said “We are thrilled that travel partners and consumers worldwide have chosen us for this award for the sixth year in a row. A Norwegian Cruise Line vacation is all about freedom and flexibility at sea and receiving this prestigious award shows that both industry professionals and guests really appreciate this unique cruise experience and our varied European cruise programme.”
Norwegian Cruise Line has won a number of other awards throughout the past six years from the same group, including World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line in 2012. The cruise line also won Europe’s Responsible Tourism Award in 2010 and 2011, and World’s Leading Cruise Line Website Award in the same years.
Izmir in Turkey won the award for Europe’s Leading Cruise Destination for the third year in a row, while the Port of Istanbul won the award as 2013 Europe’s Leading Cruise Port, after five unsuccessful years as a nominee.
This was the 20th anniversary of the awards ceremony, with a gala event including fantastic live performances from an opera star, a classical music trio and more.
Oh, and as an aside? The winner of Europe’s Leading Destination award was Yorkshire. What?
By Ian Lewis