Everyone has their personal favourites and when you really love something all you want to do is shout about it. Of course, everyone’s opinions count but when it comes to at-sea getaways there’s one voice that speaks louder than all the rest. Launched in 1995, Cruise Critic is a community review website that offers readers all the latest in news, information and the crème de la crème of contemporary cruising. Every year the group releases a Cruisers’ Choice Awards countdown that recognises the industry’s highest performers. Drawing exclusively on consumer reviews it offers cruisers to be first-hand insight into the very best that the industry has to offer. So which lines made it onto this year’s list? Let’s take a look…
Best Overall (Large Ship Category) – Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream
For a magical at-sea experience that the whole family is guaranteed to love Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream takes the crown. This is the third consecutive year that the 340 metre long mega-liner has received the honour! Sailing predominantly in the Bahamas the Disney Dream treats passengers to sun, sand and a plethora of family friendly activities, from waterslides and live music shows to kids clubs and themed restaurants.
Best Dining and Best Cabins (Mid-Size Ship Category) – Oceania’s MS Riviera
For cruisers that love to indulge in world class cuisine and five star accommodation Oceania’s MS Riviera is the superlative choice. This majestic mid-sized vessel serves passengers up 625 beautifully appointed staterooms featuring ‘tranquillity beds,’ marble bathrooms, custom furnishings, luxe fabrics, original artwork, teak verandas and positively palatial dimensions. Not to mention a myriad of mouth-watering dining options such as the Polo Grill steakhouse, Toscana Italian eatery, Jacques French bistro, the laid back Terrace Café and oriental inspired Red Ginger.
Best Value for Money (Large Ship Category) – Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Liberty
Restricted by a tight budget? Carnival Liberty was picked as the number one vessel for cost effective cruising that doesn’t compromise on quality. Great for families, couples and solo cruisers that are counting the pennies!
Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment (Small Ship Category) – P&O’s Pacific Princess
For intimate cruising that’s big on entertainment P&O’s Pacific Princess knows how to deliver the razzle dazzle. From live theatres and full length feature films to world class casinos and lively nightclubs, passengers are never short of things to do.
Best Cruise Ships for Service (Mid-Size Ship Category) –Disney’s Disney Wonder
Disney is renowned for its friendly service with a smile and this year, Disney Wonder has been selected as the public’s favourite vessel.
Best Cruise Ship Shore Excursions (Large Ship Category) – Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America
While the at-sea experience is incredibly important shore excursions are what really offer passengers a chance to sign up for once in a lifetime experiences. In 2015 Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America took out the prize for the most exciting shore excursions, with its top experiences including beachside horseback riding in Jamaica, rooftop tours in Sweden, yachting on the Caribbean coast, swimming with sharks in Dunn’s River Falls and volcano climbing in Iceland.
For the full list of winners, visit the 2015 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards.
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