Goodbye Bill, now let’s get on with the PSA Cruise Journalism Awards
PSA Director Bill Gibbons dutifully though somewhat reluctantly passed the baton to Andy Harmer in London last night after 18 years at the helm and before you could catch your breath former royal correspondent Jennie Bond doled out the PSA Cruise Journalism Awards.
Cruise features covering all sorts of cruise-related topics ranging from a Tarzan tour of the Caribbean through to penguins in Antarctica were honoured at a jolly affair at the Millbank Media Centre.
Jennie Bond makes her presence felt at the PSA Cruise Journalism Awards Steve Dunlop
Bill said a few - in fact very few - words before heading of into a cruise sunset, and then eleven awards were presented in rapid fire succession - this Andy Harmer doesn’t hang around - including best regional cruise feature, best river cruise feature and best cruise blog, which was a new category for 2013.
The PSA Cruise Journalism Awards celebrate the very best in cruise journalism and acknowledge media who support the cruise industry.
Jennie Bond, a cruise enthusiast as well as an entertaining speaker, hosted the ceremony, sponsored by Cruise Jamaica, which attracted a good many travel journalists, bloggers and key members of the cruise trade eager to mingle over a glass or three of wine.
Journalists from Cruise Critic, Blackpool Gazette, Mail on Sunday, Cruise International, Daily Telegraph, National Geographic Traveller, The Times, The Travel Channel and Cruise Trade News were awarded for their work. Lucy Huxley and her team at Travel Weekly claimed the prestigious contribution to cruise journalism award.
The awards were judged by a panel of experts led by Lynn Narraway, UK managing director of Holland America Line and Seabourn and chair of the PSA PR committee.
She said: “We were overwhelmed by not only the number of entries for the PSA Cruise Journalism Awards but also the extremely high standard. The diversity of the features honoured this evening is a tribute to the journalists who continue to support the industry with original and creative stories that celebrate cruise holidays.”
Well, if journos on the Mail on Sunday, Times, Telegraph etc aren’t writing to a high standard, then who the hell is?
Full list of winners
Best Cruise Blog: Jamey Bergman, Cruise Critic
Best Online Cruise Feature: Adam Coulter, Cruise Critic
Best Regional Cruise Feature: Jim Pybus, Blackpool Gazette
Best Lifestyle Cruise Feature: Amy Watkins, Mail on Sunday
Best First Time Cruise Feature: Belinda Gannon, Cruise International
Best River Cruise Feature: Adrian Bridge, Daily Telegraph
Best Off the Beaten Track Cruise Feature: Ben Lerwill, National Geographic Traveller, and Louise Roddon, The Times
Best Broadcast Cruise Feature: Ged Cleugh, The Travel Channel
Best Trade Cruise Feature: Jane Archer, Cruise Trade News
Best National Newspaper Cruise Feature: James Bedding, Daily Telegraph
Cruise Jamaica Contribution to Cruise Journalism: Lucy Huxley and her team at Travel Weekly
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