Shopping for a cruise vacation? Experts at one of the biggest online cruise sites have released their picks in categories that cover all budgets and needs.
In the eighth edition of the Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards, judges named Crystal Cruises the best luxury brand, while giving Carnival Cruises the award for best value for money.
Other big winners include Viking Star, which was named best new ship of 2015. Editors compared the ship to a boutique hotel and praised the inclusive package for offering complimentary WiFi, alcoholic beverages at meal times, and a free shore excursion in every port.
New this year, the awards have been expanded to include river cruises.
2015 Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards (Ocean)
Best New Ship – Viking Star (Viking Ocean Cruises)
Best Ship Refurbishment – Star Breeze (Windstar Cruises)
Best for Luxury – Crystal Cruises
Best for Families – Royal Caribbean International
Best Itineraries – Azamara Club Cruises
Best for Adventure – Un-Cruise Adventures
Best Value-for-Money – Carnival Cruise Line
Best Dining – Celebrity Cruises
Best Entertainment – Royal Caribbean International
Best Suites – Royal Caribbean International
Best Inside Cabins – Disney Cruise Line
Best Standard Cabins – MSC Cruises
Best Shore Excursions – Azamara Club Cruises
Best for Romance – Windstar Cruises
Best Nightlife – Norwegian Cruise Line
Best North American Homeport – Port Canaveral
2015 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards (River)
Best River Cruise Line – Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Best New River Ship – S.S. Maria Theresa (Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection)
Best Dining – AmaWaterways
Best Cabins – Avalon Waterways
Best Enrichment – Grand Circle Cruise Line
Best Shore Excursions – Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Best for Active Cruisers – AmaWaterways
Best Itineraries – Viking River Cruises
Best Value-for-Money – Emerald Waterways
– AFP Relaxnews