Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has revealed the names of some of the best cruise travel agents in Australia who have made it as finalists in the 2013 Cruise Industry Awards.

Announced today, cruise specialist agents across Australia and New Zealand have made the short list for 14 awards across six categories. The awards recognise an individual who has made a significant contribution to the Australasian cruise industry.

The finalists were selected by a panel of  judges including freelance journalist David Carroll, Seatrade’s Helen Hutcheon and InPlace Recruitment’s Sandra Chiles.

“All the finalists played an important part in making 2013 a prosperous year for cruising down under and these awards are a great way for the cruise industry to applaud their efforts,” CLIA Australasia general manager Brett Jardine said.

Winners will be announced at a sold-out awards dinner at Doltone House on Hyde Park on February 8, 2014.

The MCs for the evening will be Channel 7 sportscaster Hamish McLachlan and actress Melanie Vallejo from Winners & Losers.

Cruise Passenger will be reporting live from the CLIA Awards night on 8 February.

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See the full list of finalists below.

Cruise Agency of the Year – Australia                                                    

Bicton Travel                             Perth WA
Clean Cruising                           Brisbane QLD
Cruise Express                          Balmain NSW
Our Vacation Centre              Helensvale QLD
Ozcruising                                  Philip ACT

Cruise Agency of the Year – New Zealand

Cruise Republic                         Auckland
Cruiseabout                               Takapuna
House of Travel                       Hamilton
iCruise                                         Auckland
Lets Cruise                                 Auckland
Manly United Travel              Manly

Cruise Consultant of the Year – Australia                                              

Alana Freeman-Gibbs           Ozcruising ACT
Mary Kelly                                 Cruiseabout Concord NSW
Deborah Long                           Weston Cruise & Travel ACT
Lance Mumby                          Cruise Express Balmain NSW
Philip Smethurst                      Bicton Travel WA

Cruise Consultant of the Year – New Zealand

Evelyn Lee                                 Midday Travel Auckland
Jamie McDonald                     Cruiseabout Takapuna
Lisa Roebuck                             Boutique Mondo Travel New Plymouth
Trish Ryder                                Manly United Travel
Mark Smith                               Lets Cruise Auckland

Rising Star – Australia
Kerri Anderson                         Just Cruises, Brisbane QLD
Kristy Swyny                             Travel Edge, Redbank QLD
Bradley Yesberg                      helloworld, Albany Creek QLD

Rising Star – New Zealand

Claire Grogan                            Cruise Republic
Billy Gutierrez                           Cruiseabout Pukekohe
Jessica Lamb                             Cruiseabout Takapuna

Agency Promotion of the Year – Australia                          

Bicton Travel WA                   “Cruise Expo”
Cruise Holidays QLD                                 “Lawn Bowls Cruise of New Zealand”
Easy Travel and Cruise SA                     “Best Job in the Bridge”

Agency Promotion of the Year – New Zealand                                   

Harvey World Travel Bayfair                “Child Cancer Foundation Promotion”
House of Travel Upper Riccarton         “Europe River Cruise Group”
iCruise Auckland                                        “Diamond Princess – Summer Cruises”

Network Promotion of the Year – Australasia                  

Cruiseabout (Australia)                           “What Kind of Cruiser Are You”
Cruiseabout (New Zealand)                   “Cruiseabout & Sony with TVNZ’s Breakfast Show”
Escape Travel (Australia)                       “Cruise Data Driven Campaign”
House of Travel (New Zealand)           “Explore the World of Cruising”
Mondo Travel (New Zealand)              “100 Reasons to Cruise”