Arrivals & Departures Bicton Travel cements cruising dominance

Carole Smethurst christening AmaStella.
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She’s already been named a ship’s godmother – an honour usually reserved for iconic actresses – but over the weekend Bicton Travel owner Carole Smethurst added another accolade to her list.

Mrs Smethurst was inducted into the CLIA Hall of Fame at the 2016 Cruise Lines International Association Australasia Awards in recognition of her lifetime commitment to the Australian cruise industry.

“To be recognised in this way by the board members of CLIA was a very emotional moment for me. I am deeply honoured and truly grateful to be inducted into the cruise industry hall of fame,” she said. 

Mrs Smethurst started Bicton Travel 19 years ago as a fledgling company focussed on cruise holidays in an era when cruising was still something of a novelty.

The Bicton Travel team said they already knew she was a “cruise legend, but this accolade cemented Carole in the cruise hall of fame”.

Last year Mrs Smethurst joined the likes of Priscilla Presley, Joanna Lumley, Helen Mirren and Julie Andrews when she was named the godmother of a cruise ship: APT's 158-passenger river ship MS AmaStella.

Bicton Travel was also recognised at the awards, winning Australia’s Cruise Agency Of The Year for a record sixth time.

(Picture at top: Carole Smethurst christening AmaStella)

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