Cruise Critic 2015 Editors’ Pick Awards: Ocean Cruise Lines
Are you looking for your next cruise ship adventure? The Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick Awards might help you make a decision. Chosen by Cruise Critic’s international team of editors, the awards are based on which lines and ships best represent excellence in select categories. Check out the winners and get ready to set sail!
Best Cruise Ship Refurbishment: Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Cruises
Chosen due to a refurbishment that includes new bars and a suite-only restaurant, the Celebrity Eclipse departs from Southampton to world-wide destinations. On board, you’re spoilt for choice, with options including spectacular theatre shows, world-class restaurants, a spa, a hot glass show, daily lectures and cooking demonstrations, an art gallery, swimming pools, whirlpools and sporting facilities.
Best Cruise Line For Luxury: Crystal Cruises
Crystal Cruises wins the race in the luxury stakes, with one of the highest passenger-to-staff ratios and Silk Road Japanese restaurant. When you’re sailing through the Mediterranean, the Caribbean or the Baltic, you’ll enjoy fine-dining, substantial wine cellars, enrichment programs, sushi bars, spas, casinos, traditional afternoon teas, nightly entertainment and fitness facilities. Just be sure to bring your dinner suit.
Best Cruise Line Itineraries: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Fred. Olsen ships top the list for best itineraries, as they leave from regional ports in the UK and offer exotic trips, including mystery and Amazon river cruises. On board the Balmoral, the Black Watch, the Boudicca and the Braemar, traditional British-style activities are on offer, including cabarets, gardening and wine appreciation programs, ballroom classes, pubs, cardrooms, lounges and spa and fitness facilities.
Best Cruise Line For Value: Thomson Cruises
Thomson Cruises won the best cruise line for value, for competitive fares including flights and tips, plus cheap alcohol prices. On board the Island Escape, Thomson Celebration, Thomson Dream, Thomson Majesty or Thomson Spirit, you’ll find casual cruising with a host of facilities, including swimming pools, games, movies, discos, fitness classes and entertainment.
Best Cruise Line For Adventure: Hurtigruten
The Cruise Critic editors chose Hurtigruten for its exciting array of programs, including dog sledding, trips to Greenland and Antarctica and Ski-Doo tours. Cruising on board is all about taking in the sights, scenery and trekking off during the day on exotic adventures.
Best Cruise Line For Families: Royal Caribbean
If you’re looking for a cruise the kids will love, Royal Caribbean’s affiliation with DreamWorks makes it a category winner, with movies, characters and fantastic children’s programs. What’s in it for you? Sky diving simulators, mini-golf courses, adults-only pools, Vegas-style shows, spas, fitness facilities, bars and lounges galore.
Best Cruise Line For Dining: P&O Cruises
Foodies might wish to choose a P&O Cruise, as the winner for best cruise dining, with celebrity chef restaurants such as The Glass House and Sindhu. Join an adults-only cruise, aboard the Arcadia, Adonia or Oriana, or sample the awe-inspiring array of activities on the Ventura, Aurora, Azura, Britannia and Oceana.
Best Cruise Line For Entertainment: Royal Caribbean International
‘Mamma Mia!’ and ‘We Will Rock You’ have helped Royal Caribbean to win the best cruise line for entertainment. Combined with their affiliation with DreamWorks, if you’re an entertainment buff, you can spend your sea days indulging in some of the best shows on the ocean.
Best Cruise Line Suites: Royal Caribbean International
The suites on board Royal Caribbean’s Oasis, Anthem and Allure of the Seas ships saw the ocean liner win yet another category. Namely, Cruise Critic editors noted the virtual balconies in Family Suites aboard the Quantum and Anthem of the Seas, the extra space and the additional perks available.
Best Cruise Line For Nightlife: Norwegian Cruise Line
Night-owls can set sail on a Norwegian Cruise Line, safe in the knowledge of the fun to come, after sunset. It’s a winner due to a fantastic mix of bars, clubs and parties, especially on the Breakaway and Getaway ships, with alfresco wining and dining.
Best Cruise Line Cabins: Holland America Line
Due to having a shower and tub combination in most standard outside cabins, the Holland America Line took out the best cruise line cabin category. On top of that, Cruise Critic editors noted that the cabins are usually larger than the industry standard.
Best Cruise Line Shore Excursions: Azamara Club Cruises
If you fancy getting VIP access to cathedrals, volcanos and private concerts, choose Azamara Club Cruises, as the winner of the best cruise line shore excursions category. With itineraries in Europe, Asia, South America and the West Indies, you never know what kind of one-off event you might find yourself at!
Best Cruise Line For Romance: Star Clippers
Lastly, for romantics, Star Clippers offer adult’s only tall ships with guest lecturers, shows, casinos and water sports ranging from water-skiing, snorkelling, diving, kayaking and sailing. Couples can indulge in spa services on board while sailing throughout Europe and the Caribbean.
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