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Which Cruise Lines Will Take Home the Gold at the 2016 Travvy Awards?

Travel Agent | Tim Wood | December 08, 2015

Which Cruise Lines Will Take Home the Gold at the 2016 Travvy Awards?

PHOTO: Celebrity Cruises, with ships like the Celebrity Century pictured above, lead this year's Travvy Awards cruise nominees with 11 top-3 finalist spots. (Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises)

We are now less than a month away from what has quickly become one of the biggest nights of the year for travel industry leaders, the 2016 Travvy Awards.

This year’s must-see event will be held Wednesday, Jan. 6 at New York City’s Gotham Hall, two days before the annual New York Times Travel Show.

In a change from last year’s event, award winners will be announced for the first time live at the Travvys. Travel industry professionals have quickly gravitated toward the uniqueness of the awards, where travel agents and insiders vote on the winners.

More than 39,000 agents and travel professionals voted for this year’s winners, a 20 percent increase in voters from the inaugural event in 2015. Due to popular demand from last year’s attendees, Travvy officials have expanded the list of categories significantly for this year’s awards.

The gala will precede the New York Times Travel Show, so if you’re in town for the show you won’t want to miss one of the biggest nights in travel.  Come network at our cocktail reception, get your picture taken on the red carpet, enjoy a lavish dinner and celebrate with the industry’s winners.

If you didn’t attend last year’s gala, see what you missed here.  And get ready, as travAlliancemedia CEO Mark Murphy says the show promises to once again be the watercooler buzz of the industry.

Make sure you grab your seat or table now — the event is sure to sell out with only limited seating still available. Pricing for the remaining tickets will increase at 11:59 p.m. EST tonight, so make sure you act now to get your favorite travel professional a holiday gift that will let them network with the industry’s elite stars. Today only, individual tickets are $395, while tables can be reserved for $3,500. After today, tickets go up to $450 and $4,000 respectively.

If you’re interested in more information on the gala, contact travAlliancemedia Marketing Director Courtney Love at or 856-505-1409.

When it comes to cruising, Celebrity Cruises has proven to be a favorite among travel professionals this year. The company has scored 11 finalist spots, finishing in the top three in 11 overall categories. Viking and Royal Caribbean were both close behind.

Here’s the full list of cruise finalists for the 2016 Travvys, with the top 3 finalists in each category listed in no particular order:

Best Cruise Line, Alaska: Celebrity, Holland America, Un-Cruise Adventures

Best Cruise Line, Asia: Royal Caribbean, Crystal Cruises, Celebrity

Best Cruise Line, Australia: Seabourn, Crystal Cruises, Celebrity

Best Cruise Line, Caribbean: Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity

Best Cruise Line, Europe: Viking Cruises, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean

Best Cruise Line, LGBT: Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity

Best Cruise Line, South America: MSC Cruises, Princess Cruises, Celebrity

Best Cruise Line, Contemporary: Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC Cruises

Best Cruise Line, Family: MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line

Best Cruise Line, Luxury: Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn

Best Cruise Line, Overall: Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean

Best Cruise Line Premium: Holland America, Celebrity, Viking Cruises

Best Cruise Ship, Premium: Celebrity Eclipse, Viking Star

Best Cruise Ship, Luxury: Seven Seas Mariner, Seabourn Quest

Best Cruise Ship, River Cruise: Viking Longships, AmaBella, AmaSerena

Best Cruise Ship, Small Ship: Seabourn Sojurn, Celebrity Xpedition

Best Mid-Size Cruise Line, Central America: Regent Seven Seas, Holland America Line

Best Mid-Size Cruise Line, U.S. and Canada: Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line

Best Polar Expedition Operator: Abercrombie & Kent, Quark Expeditions, Hurtigruten

Best River Cruise Line, Africa: Crystal Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Uniworld

Best River Cruise Line, Asia: Viking Cruises, Uniworld, AmaWaterways

Best River Cruise Line, Europe: Avalon Waterways, Viking Cruises, AmaWaterways

Best River Cruise Line, Overall: Uniworld, Viking Cruises, AmaWaterways

Best Shore Trips and Excursions: Holland America, ShoreTrips, Hurtigruten


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