The World's Best Cruises Of 2019 According To Passengers Are Revealed
The world's best cruises have been revealed by those who love holidays on the water.
Cruise Critic, a leading cruise review site, has revealed the winners of its 2019 Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards - after looking at 350,000 user reviews from the UK, U.S. and Australia, covering 700 cruise ships.
Awards were handed out across four categories according to ship size with liners being recognised for their cabins, on-board entertainment, dining options and value for money.
In the large ship category, Celebrity Cruises and its Celebrity Equinox ship was the run away winner in most categories across.
Celebrity Equinox boasts a real grass lawn on top of the ship and a Lawn Club Sunset Bar complete with deck furniture and a faux fire pit. It also has a living tree suspended in the atrium, so the outside is never far away.
In the UK, it was named best overall, best cabins, best dining, best for fitness and recreation, best public rooms and best value for money.
The ship was also named best for first timers across all size categories.
The line's Celebrity Eclipse scooped the top ranking for best service, and Celebrity Solstice secured the best for shore excursions award.
Royal Caribbean International won the highest ranking for best entertainment and best for families - across all size categories.
Cruise lovers in the US agreed, and also crowned Celebrity Equinox as the best overall, as well as best for dining, best public rooms and best for value.
However, cruisers in America voted Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas as having the best cabins and the firm's Symphony of the Seas best for entertainment. The Carnival Valor, operated by Carnival Cruise Line was named as best for shore excursions.
In Australia, Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas was named as the best overall cruise as well as being best value for money, best public rooms and best shore excursions while Sapphire Princess from Princess Cruises was the voted the best pick for cabins and best for first time cruisers.
The best service award went to Princess Cruises' Diamond Princess while the Sun Princess was named as having the best entertainment.
A big winner in the mid-size category in the UK was Marella Cruises, which won six top rankings.
Marella Discovery secured three top awards, including: best entertainment, best shore excursions and best for fitness and recreation; while Marella Celebration scooped top spots for best service and best value for money.
Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines' ship, Balmoral, also proved popular with Brits, securing the coveted best overall ship ranking, as well as the best dining accolade.
Refurbished every two years, and famed for its great food and wealth of activities and entertainment, Balmoral continues to make British travellers feel very much at home.
For the second year, Cunard Line's, Queen Victoria, won the top best public rooms placement. The centrepiece of its Royal Arcade on Deck 3 is a custom-built, chiming pillar clock by English clockmaker Dent & Co. - clockmaker to Queen Victoria, whose most famous work is the clock in front of Big Ben in London.
MSC Lirica was won the best cabins award as 64 per cent of the ship's cabins offer outside views and all balcony cabins are mini-suites.
In the US, the Riviera by Oceania Cruises was named as being best overall as well as best for dining, while its sister ship Marina scooped the award for best cabins.
The MSC Sinfonia was named as best for entertainment while Cunard's Queen Victoria was also named as having the best public rooms - same as in the UK.
For Australian cruisers, the Queen Victoria reigned supreme taking the top prize in categories including best cruise, best cabins, best dining, best entertainment, best for value and best public rooms.
The Maasdam run by Holland America Line took first prize for best service while the award for best shore excursions was presented to the Pacific Aria run by P&O Australia.
Cruisers in America also rated liners that are small to mid-size and taking the award for best cruise was Viking Sky, run by Viking Ocean Cruises.
It also won the prize for best cabins, best dining, best public rooms, best for service and best value while sister ships Viking Sun and Viking Orion were named best for entertainment and best for fitness and recreation.
Viking Star won the award for best shore excursions.
A historic ship with nods to maritime heritage of yesteryear, Hurtigruten's, Lofoten, stole the show in the small ship category with British cruisers, winning four top ranking awards for best overall, best dining, best public rooms and best shore excursions.
What the ship lacks in modern-day bells and whistles, it makes up for in charm – offering a one-of-a-kind way to sail the Norwegian Fjords.
Saga Cruises also did well, securing best for entertainment and best for embarkation pole positions for Saga Sapphire; and best service and best value for money top spots for Saga Pearl II.
Saga has taken all-inclusive to the ultimate level, by including everything in the fare, including a complimentary chauffeur service for sailings from Southampton and Dover, and free flights and rail travel with transfers, for non-UK sailings.
For the third year in a row, the stunning Viking Sea, secured the best for fitness and recreation category; while Silversea's flagship 2017 cruise vessel, Silver Muse, scooped the win for best cabins.
Even the smallest of Silver Muse's suites measure almost 400 square feet, and they all boast walk-in closets and ultra-luxury sheets and towels.
In the US, Silversea Cruises' Silver Galapagos ship won best cruise overall as well as best for public spaces, best for service and best shore excursions.
The other two big winners in the US for small-ship cruises were both Paul Gauguin Cruises and Windstar Cruises.
The Paul Gauguin won best cabins, best embarkations, best for entertainment and best service.
Meanwhile Wind Spirit won best cruise for dining and Wind Surf scooped the award for best for fitness and recreation.
In Australia, Le Boreal by cruise firm Ponant won best overall cruise as well as best value, best for service and best on shore excursions.
While the best for cabins, as well as the best for dining, entertainment and public spaces was the Azmara Quest by Azamara Club Cruises.
Adam Coulter, the UK managing editor of Cruise Critic said: 'The UK Cruisers' Choice Awards play an important part in showcasing the cruise ships that UK travellers rate most highly in a number of key categories, such as entertainment, service, dining experiences, cabins and shore excursions.
'Our members play an invaluable role in helping to inform and guide other cruisers and first-time travellers to find and choose the best cruise ships for their ideal holiday, and we wouldn't have this authoritative awards programme without them.'
Source: Daily Mail