Seabourn Received More Than 45 Top Travel Awards In 2019

Thanks to your valuable partnership, 2019 concluded as another award-winning year for Seabourn as the world’s finest ultra-luxury travel experience. We are thrilled that during the 2019 travel awards season we collected more than 45 top travel industry awards reinforcing our position as best in class, with notable distinctions including the best luxury cruise ship for Seabourn Ovation and best onboard dining venue in the luxury category for The Grill by Thomas Keller.

Seabourn received wide-ranging recognition from readers’ polls, cruise press critics and travel advisors whose collective knowledge covers every aspect of the cruise industry. Highly awarded throughout our 30-plus-year history, Seabourn was lauded from every angle in 2019 for its ships, service and talented team, repeating as winner in some categories while earning coveted new awards in others. Accolades included the best luxury cruise line; excellence in luxury leisure, best luxury cruise line for couples; the best cruise line for solo travelers; the best cruise line for spas; the best boutique cruising experience; and much more.

“We always look at our travel awards with a great sense of pride and gratitude as it offers us recognition that the ships we sail, the cruise vacations we design, and the hard-working and unfailingly congenial talent we employ are the best in the ultra-luxury category on the seas,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “As delighted as we are to receive so many honors, the real winners are Seabourn guests who enjoy the finest luxury cruise experiences in well‑traveled marquee ports and less accessible small destinations all over the world. We have a lot more in store for them coming up, as we count down to launching our two new expedition vessels in 2021 and 2022.”

Here’s a quick look at the selection of awards showing how Seabourn impressed industry observers and luxury travelers in 2019:

American Airlines Celebrated Living Platinum List

  • Best Boutique Cruising Experience

Cruise Critic UK Editors’ Pick Award

  • Best Cabins (Luxury Category)
  • Best for Solo Travelers (Luxury Category)

Cruise Critic US Editors’ Pick Award

  • Best Cabins (Luxury Category)
  • Best for Solo Travelers (Luxury Category) — 2nd year in a row

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards

  • Top Small Ship Cruise Line in the Southern Caribbean

Cruise Stars Awards (UK)

  • Outstanding Contribution to the Cruise Industry — Carly Perkins, Senior Marketing Manager, UK

Cruising Excellence Award

Elle Décor Travel A-List

  • Best Designed Cruise — Seabourn

Food & Travel Awards (UK)

  • Boutique/Adventure Cruise Line

Global Traveler Leisure Lifestyle Awards

  • Best Cruise Line — Dining
  • Best Cruise Line — Spas

Luxury Briefing Awards (UK)

  • Excellence in Luxury Leisure

Luxury Travel Advisor

  • Best Luxury Cruise Line — Seabourn
  • Top Luxury Executive — Chris Austin, senior vice president, Global Marketing & Sales, Seabourn

Luxury Travel Intelligence

  • World’s Best luxury Cruise Line

Porthole Cruise Magazine Readers Choice Awards

  • Best Luxury Ship — Seabourn Ovation
  • Best Wellness Facilities

Robb Report — Best of the Best Awards

  • Best Cruise Ship — Seabourn Ovation
  • Best Onboard Dining Venue Luxury Line — The Grill by Thomas Keller


  • Readers’ Choice Award — Overall Small Ship (Gold)
  • Readers’ Choice Award — Ultra Luxury (Gold)
  • Readers’ Choice Award — Cuisine (Silver)

Telegraph Travel Awards

  • Best Small-Ship Ocean Cruise Line

The British Cruise Awards

  • Best Boutique Cruise Line
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Cruise Industry Award — Lynn Narraway, Seabourn

TIME Magazine World’s Greatest Places List

  • “To Stay” Category — Seabourn Ovation

TTG Travel Awards (UK)

  • Boutique Cruise Line of the Year — Seabourn

Travel Magazine (Belgium)

  • Cruising Excellence Award 2019: Seabourn

Travel Weekly Magellan Awards Gold Magellan Awards

  • Cruise Elements — Luxury Ship-Entertainment: Seabourn’s Entertainment Offers Luxury of Choice
  • Cruise — Overall-Mid-Size Cruise Ship (501-1200 passengers): Seabourn Encore: Best Mid-Size Cruise Ship
  • Cruise Elements — Luxury Ship Suite Design: Seabourn Ovation’s Wintergarden Suites: Thoughtfully Designed and Tastefully Curated
  • Cruise — Overall-Luxury Ship: Seabourn Ovation: A Stunning Masterpiece
  • Cruise — Overall-Small Cruise Ship (500 passengers or under): Seabourn Sojourn: Best Small Luxury Ship
  • Cruise — Overall-Loyalty Program: Seabourn Club Offers Valuable Benefits and Rewards to Loyal Guests

Silver Magellan Awards

  • Cruise Marketing-Direct Mail: Seabourn 2020 World Cruise Promotional Package
  • Cruse Elements — Luxury Ship-Atrium Design: Seabourn Ovation Features Stunning Six-Deck Atrium
  • Cruise Elements — Luxury Ship-Spa Design: Spa & Wellness on Seabourn Ovation and Seabourn Encore
  • Cruise — Overall-Education Program: Seabourn Delivers Unparalleled Level of Education for Travel Advisors with the “New Seabourn Academy”
  • Cruise Marketing-Promotional Video: Seabourn Produces “Who Do You Follow” Video for Travel Advisors

Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards

  • Best In Cruise: 500 — 1,000 berths — Seabourn

TravelPulse Travvy Awards

  • Best Cruise Line — Expedition/Adventure (Gold)
  • Best Cruise Ship — Premium: Seabourn Ovation (Silver)

U.S. News & World Report Best Cruise Line Rankings

Gold Badge

  • Best Cruise Lines in the Mediterranean — Best Cruise Line

Silver Badge

  • Best Luxury Cruise Lines — Best Cruise Line
  • Best Cruise Lines in the Caribbean — Best Cruise Line
  • Best Cruise Lines for Couples — Best Cruise Line


  • Cruise Ambassador of the Year — Chris Austin, senior vice president Global Marketing & Sales, Seabourn

WAVE Awards

  • Best Onboard Dining Venue Luxury Line — The Grill by Thomas Keller

Thank you again for helping us to receive so many of these wonderful awards and accolades. Your partnership truly means the world to us. We are proud and grateful to be consistently recognized while having our talented crew and team recognized for all their hard work and professionalism. We will always remain committed to delivering exceptional and memorable Seabourn Moments.

But even more, we look forward to continuing to welcome your clients on our award-winning, ultra-luxury ships in 2020.

For more information, contact Seabourn Sales at 800.929.9595 or visit