Best of the best: Award-winning cruises

  • Travel
  • Tuesday, 08 Dec 2015

The Cruise Critic awards have been expanded to include best river cruise brands this year. Photo: AFP

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

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