Cruise Critic 2015 Editors’ Picks Awards: River Cruises
River Cruises are tailor-made for maximum relaxation, as you leisurely explore quaint river towns from your stylish, floating abode. The Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards were announced in October for 2015, based on ships representing excellence in a variety of categories. Here’s a look at the winners, in River Cruises.
Best River Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
AmaWaterways took out the prestigious Best River Cruise Line title, based on its reputation as an industry leader, with rapid expansion. Cruising through Europe, Vietnam, Cambodia and South Africa, when you’re on board you can indulge in gourmet cuisine, beauty salons, spa services, entertainment and excursions including local wine tastings and cycling through charming river towns. You’ll sleep soundly too, in beautiful, deluxe staterooms.
Best New River Cruise Ship: Loire Princesse
The Best New River Cruise Ship, according to Cruise Critic’s editors, is the only cruise ship on France’s longest river. The Loire Princesse is simple, stylish and offers guests a lounge, a bar, a dance floor, a patio, a restaurant, a gift shop and a sun deck with chaise lounges. The cabins are well-fitted, with flat screen TVs, private bathrooms with showers and window-facing beds for optimum scenery- viewing potential.
Best River Cruise Line for Dining: AmaWaterways
AmaWaterway’s varied, international menus helped to secure the Best River Cruise Line for Dining award. Apart from catering to people with food allergies and special diets, the cruise line offers unique menus designed by executive, gold medal-winning chef, Primus Perchtold. Each vessel in Europe is a member of International Association of Gastronomy, La Chaine de Rotisseurs.
Best River Cruise Line Cabins: Sanctuary Retreats
You can cruise through China and Egypt with Sanctuary Retreats, on luxury ships that offer fine dining, private cabanas at the pool, spas, water sports equipment and, of course, gorgeous cabins, as cemented by the Best River Cruise Line Cabins Award. Rest your weary feet in cabins that include floor to ceiling windows, private balconies, opulent furnishings, minibars and LCD TVs.
Best River Cruise Line for Enrichment: Tauck River Cruising
Tauck River Cruising won the enrichment award for its dedication to creating authentic travel experiences. When you cruise down the Danube, the Rhine, The Rhone or the Seine, you can experience tastings at private vineyards, private palace evenings, interactive cooking demonstrations, dining in castles and exploring famous gardens.
Best River Cruise Line Shore Excursions: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Uniworld impressed Cruise Critic editors with its blend of active and behind-the-scenes opportunities. You can choose excursions including hiking, wine tasting, cable car rides and walking tours, which are defined by the categories, ‘Go Active’, Do as the Locals Do’, ‘Village Day’ and ‘Gentle Walking’.
Best River Line Cruise For Active Cruisers: AmaWaterways
AmaWaterways is a winner again, with new excursions included on cruises for 2015. These include having bicycles on board, as well as offering road biking and hiking tours, with further expansion to come in 2016.
Best River Cruise Line Itineraries: CroisiEurope
With the aim to attract international passengers via unique river itineraries, CroisiEurope has evidently succeeded, winning the award for Best River Cruise Line Itineraries. Not only do they have the only cruise ship to cross the Loire River, but they also create innovative cruises that combine rivers.
Best Cruise Line for Value: Emerald Waterways
Best value cruise line was awarded to Emerald Waterways, for facilities such as complimentary shore excursions, pre-paid gratuities and free beverages. On board the stylish, spacious ships, you can enjoy heated swimming pools, cinemas, walking tracks, fine dining, sun decks and bars.