River Cruise Excellence Awards winners announced


Those who contribute to the growing success of the river cruise industry were recently recognised at an awards ceremony at the seventh annual CLIA River Cruise Conference in Amsterdam.

With an 11% increase in British holidaymakers choosing to take a river cruise, the sector is at an all-time high.

The awards, now in their second year, were presented at the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre, attended by senior cruise industry figures and agents.

This year saw the addition of two extra categories: River Cruise Ambassador of the year (Agent) and Special Recognition Award.

Andy Harmer

Andy Harmer, SVP membership & director, CLIA UK & Ireland said:

“It is tremendously important to recognise the individuals and businesses that make a huge contribution to the success of the cruise sector and we are thrilled to be able to highlight these achievements at this year’s River Cruise Excellence Awards.”

The 10 winners are:

Best River Cruise Newcomer

The Vacation Company


Best Marketing Promotion of River Cruise – Online



Best Marketing Promotion of River Cruise – Homeworker

Travel Counsellors


Best Marketing Promotion of River Cruise – Retail

Miles Morgan Travel


Best Overall Performance – North

Blue Water Holidays


Best Overall Performance – South

Planet Cruise


River Cruise Ambassador of the Year (Agency)



River Cruise Agent of the Year

Gill Williams (RiverCruising.co.uk)


River Cruise Ambassador of the Year (Agent)

Janet Whittingham


Special Recognition Award

Jill Johnson, cruise.co.uk


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