A BARROW cruise agent, Jamie Harris has been named the best agent for cruise holidays by the UK travel trade.

Jamie, a Sales Team Manager at Cruise Direct, part of Barrhead Travel, was crowned ‘Cruise Agent of the Year’ at the prestigious Travel Industry Awards by TTG, hosted by Strictly Come Dancing’s Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly at a glittering awards ceremony, attended by 800 industry figures.

Jamie said: “I’m honoured to have won this award and feel it is a true testament to my passion for travel, cruise and customer service. With the recent relaxation of travel rules, there is a buzz in the air with customers looking to make the most of what is left of 2021.

“There are some fantastic cruising holiday options on offer, from sailing round the Canary Islands, catching the last of the winter sun, to seeing in the New Year on the water, watching the fireworks burst over the New York skyline. Cruising really does have a special ability to combine a mix of unforgettable experiences into one holiday trip.

“The pricing of cruise packages is incredible right now with added value in food, drinks and entertainment – we have seen all-inclusive, two-week cruises for as little as £699 per person!”

A panel of industry judges said: “We were struck by Jamie's unwavering standard of customer care, glowing customer testimonials and impressive performance record that boasts a phenomenal 90 per cent repeat business rate. We were also impressed to see Jamie’s dedication to promoting a fairer travel industry, thanks to his knowledge of selling LGBTQ+ friendly holidays.”

Jamie and his team of travel specialists are available at the Cruise Direct office in Barrow for consultation by appointment, virtually or over the phone on: 01229 845140