The Wave Awards celebrate the very best of the UK’s cruise industry. The Oscars of cruising, they recognise and reward excellence and innovation in a business that is continuously evolving to deliver an exceptional experience, both on board and ashore. Launched in 2015 and now in their fifth year, these awards are firmly established as the premier accolades in the industry.

Open to cruise lines, travel agents, tourist boards, ports and anyone involved in the UK cruise industry,  The Wave Awards give companies the chance to showcase their expertise and contribution to cruising.

The judging panel is made up of industry leaders, travel experts and representatives from the media, and there is also a special ‘Favourites’ category, voted for by the public.

Organised by Real Response Media, publisher of Cruise Trade News, the event saw cruise lines, travel agents, tourist boards and many more come together for an evening of pure celebration.

Guests gathered at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London, on Friday 15 October, as winners were announced across a range of categories – including both judged and passenger favourites, as voted for by the public.

Cruise Trade News editor Gary Peters said: “It was wonderful to welcome so many people from the cruise industry to the Wave Awards 2021.”

Hebridean Island Cruises was delighted to be chosen as a finalist in two categories, and thrilled to be announced as the winner of Best Specialist Cruise Line.