There couldn’t have been a more fitting setting for the Tuesday 8 August inaugural Signature Cruise Awards Presentation Lunch than Sails on Lavender Bay. The sun-filled McMahons Point restaurant was buzzing with Australian representatives from the world’s finest luxury cruise lines. They were all celebrating their recent wins in the Best-of-the-Best Luxury Cruise Awards 2017, which were announced in the winter edition of Signature Luxury Travel & Style. Founder, CEO & Group Editor, Cathy Wagstaff, delivered the opening remarks, commending all winners for their unrelenting pursuit of excellence. Joel Katz, Managing Director of CLIA Australasia, set the scene, with extraordinary figures from CLIA’s latest report on ocean cruising. In 2016, the industry grew 21 per cent to see 1.28 million Australians setting sail on an ocean cruise.