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Agents, marketers and cruise line heads were the winners at the cruise industry awards for Australia and New Zealand 2018 – claimed to be the world’s biggest such event.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia’s  awards night attracted more than 500 guests, and Managing Director Joel Katz said this year’s awards were among the most successful of the event’s 18-year history.

Karen Christensen, managing director and the region’s senior vice president of Crystal Cruises was inducted into the Hall of Fame after more than 30 years in the industry, and for her work creating an agent training program.

The winners are chosen by an industry committee.

The winners were:

Agency Promotion of the Year, New Zealand

Bon Voyage Cruises & Travel

Agency Promotion of the Year, Australia

My Cruises

Network Promotion of the Year, Australasia

helloworld New Zealand

ChooseCruise Promotion of the Year, Australasia

Bon Voyage Cruises & Travel

Media Award, Australasia

Andrew Conway

Rising Star, New Zealand

Shelley Williams, Clevedon Travel

Rising Star, Australia

Peter Fotinis, Clean Cruising

Broker of the Year, New Zealand

Denise Fowler, The Travel Brokers

Home Based / Mobile Agent of the Year, Australia

Nicole Edgar, TravelManagers Australia

Cruise Champion, Australasia

Tim Faircloth, I Love Cruising

Cruise Consultant of the Year, New Zealand

Kiri Martin, YOU Travel Orewa

Cruise Consultant of the Year, Australia

Gail Chapman, Dreamlines Australia

Online Cruise Agency of the Year,

New Zealand

HOOT Cruises

Online Cruise Agency of the Year, Australia

Clean Cruising

Small Cruise Agency of the Year,

New Zealand

House of Travel Kapiti Coast

helloworld Rotorua (tie)

Small Cruise Agency of the Year, Australia

itravel Carlingford

Large Cruise Agency of the Year,

New Zealand

helloworld Milford & Browns Bay

Large Cruise Agency of the Year, Australia

Phil Hoffmann Travel

CLIA Hall of Fame

Karen Christensen.