Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has unveiled the finalists for the 19th annual Cruise Industry Awards, to be presented at the sold-out celebration in Sydney next month.

A total of 71 finalists from across Australia and New Zealand have been chosen and will be in the running to win one of cruising’s highest honours when the industry comes together for its biggest night of the year on February 15.

More than 560 entries were received for this year’s awards – more than ever before – with 11 different categories open for self- or peer-nomination and awards for both Australian and New Zealand nominees.

Key categories this year include Agency of the Year, Cruise Consultant of the Year, Home-Based Cruise Agent/Broker of the Year, Rising Star, Cruise Champion, Promotion of the Year and a Media Award.

Click here to see the full list of finalists and CONGRATULATIONS to all those who made the cut!

CLIA Australasia Managing Director Joel Katz said the awards celebrated the top achievers among CLIA’s Travel Agent membership.

“This year’s nominations show a genuine passion for the cruise industry and that’s a big part of the success we’re experiencing in Australia and New Zealand,” he said.

“The most energetic and engaged agents are also some of the most successful in Australia and New Zealand, so these awards are about recognising their commitment and the prosperity they help bring to the entire cruise community.”

CLIA Australasia Managing Director Joel Katz

The event which will be held at the Star Event Centre Sydney on Saturday, February 15 will be hosted by entertainer Tim Campbell.