Over the weekend more than 500 members of the Australasian cruise industry gathered in Sydney for the 16th Annual Cruise Industry Awards (also known as The CLIAs) to celebrate a record year in cruising. While this was a night to acknowledge the hard work and excellence of those within the cruise industry, canny cruise lovers have been known to keep an eye on the results - after all, if you know who the best cruise agents in the region are, you've got a headstart on crafting the perfect cruise holiday.
CLIA Australasia Chairman Steve Odell said that the awards were a fitting celebration following a massive year for the cruise industry in both Australia and New Zealand.
â€œThe Cruise Industry Awards bring together the industry's brightest stars from across Australia and New Zealand in a fantastic celebration that recognises their outstanding achievements. Each year, the event continues to grow in stature in line with the impressive expansion of the industry, cementing the CLIAs as the cruise industry's â€˜night of nights',â€ Mr Odell said.
Cruise Sale Finder (trademarked Cruise Republic) was nominated for 4 different awards including Online Agency of the Year for both Australia and New Zealand, and Rising Star nods for Hayley Osborne in Australia and Felicia Collins in New Zealand. On Saturday night, Cruise Republic ended up turning half of those nominations into awards, picking up Online Agency of the Year New Zealand and a Rising Star Award Australia for Hayley Osborne. This is the second year in a row that Cruise Republic has snagged the Online Agency of the Year New Zealand award, and the agency which has helped many thousands of Australians and New Zealanders embark on amazing cruises via Cruise Sale Finder has a proud history with the CLIAs, having picked up awards in almost every category over the years.
Although Cruise Sale Finder focuses on aiding Australians and New Zealanders in booking their ideal cruise, that doesn't mean that the only cruises on offer are Australasian based. Whether you're intrigued by the idea of a family vacation in the South Pacific, a luxurious Mediterranean cruise or sticking closer to home with a cruise in Australia or New Zealand, you're sure to find a voyage that suits you down to a tee.
If you have already been on a cruise and are tired of letting industry insiders decide who gets cruising accolades, you can head to the Cruise Sale Finder review page and have your own say about your cruise experience.