Seatrade Cruise Awards: winners announced

Seatrade Cruise Awards: winners announced

The winners were named at Seatrade Cruise Med in Malaga

The winners of the 2022 Seatrade Cruise Awards have been announced at Seatrade Cruise Med, the largest B2B cruise tradeshow and conference for the Mediterranean, held this year in Malaga, Spain.

The awards were judged by an independent panel comprising 15 leading voices from the international cruise community, from key sectors including hospitality, operations, marketing and technology, ranging from editors, professors and consultants to principals, managing directors and chief executive officers. 

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The awards were presented by Mary Bond, Group Director of Seatrade Cruise and the award-winners are:

Award: Destination of the Year
Winner: Port of Taranto, Italy

Award: Expedition Cruise Initiative of the Year
Winner: Hapag Lloyd Cruises’ Finnish and Swedish Lapland Expedition

Award: Innovative Shorex of the Year
Winner: Abercrombie & Kent (Akorn) – Mombasa: Past and Present

Award: Investment in People Award
Winner: Carnival Cruise Line’s DEI, Learning and Community Initiatives

Award: Port of the Year
Winner: Galataport Istanbul

Award: Product of the Year
Winner: Climeon - HeatPower 300 Marine Technology

Award: Sustainability Initiative of the Year
Winner: Environmental Port Index

Award: MedCruise Award
Winner: The Black Sea Ports (Burgas, Bulgaria; Constantza, Romania; Odesa, Ukraine; Trabzon, Turkey and Varna, Bulgaria)

Award: Seatrade Outstanding Achievement Award
Winner: Claus Bødker Cruise Baltic & Cruise Copenhagen

Award: Seatrade Cruise Personality of the Year
Winner: Chris Theophilides, CEO, Celestyal Cruises


Commenting on his win for Seatrade Cruise Personality of the Year, Celestyal Cruises CEO Chris Theophilides said: "It's a huge honour, especially at a time where the perseverance of the cruise industry has been tested. The whole industry has an excellent number of executives – it is a huge honour to work among them the last two years, and it's very humbling to be singled out and awarded this accolade."

With sustainability high on everyone’s agenda, for the third year in a row, the Seatrade Cruise Awards haven been made from beech wood, which is PEFC-certified and comes from sustainable resources. 

Speaking about the event, Seatrade Cruise group director Mary Bond said: “Serving as more than just an award scheme, the Seatrade Cruise Awards are a benchmark that continues to push the boundaries of the cruise industry in excellence and innovation. We proudly honour and celebrate our 2022 winners for their incredible achievements that are leading the way for industry-wide development.”

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