So, how did your favourite cruise lines rate with the Cruise Critic team or experts?
The experts of cruise review site Cruise Critic have voted P&O Cruises Britannia as Best New Ship and AmaWaterways as Best River Cruise Line in the UK Editors Picks Awards for 2015.
The winners are selected by Cruise Critic’s team of cruise editors, highlighting the best cruise lines across 25 categories. But mysteriously there is no category among them for Best Ocean Cruise Line.
“New ship launches, itineraries and onboard offerings bring more choice than before, which is great news for UK holidaymakers, but can make it even harder to choose the right cruise,” explained Cruise Critic UK editor, Adam Coulter, revealing the awards yesterday (5 October).
“We aim to identify the lines we feel are at the top of their game, and highlight the latest innovations in the industry to help people when planning a cruise.”
The experts voted P&O Cruises’ Britannia Best New Ship
Britannia, the biggest ever ship built for the UK market which debuted in March this year, was awarded Best New Ship. She was praised for its sophisticated décor and design, and outstanding dining.
In addition, P&O Cruises retained the overall award for ‘Best Dining’ for the second year consecutively, with commendations from Cruise Critic editors for its restaurants including Epicurean, Britannia’s fine dining molecular gastronomy eatery.
AmaWaterways this year took three awards - Best River Cruise Line, Best for Active Cruisers and Best Dining.
CriosiEurope’s Loire Princess was voted Best New River Ship
Other ocean cruise line winners include Royal Caribbean, which took three awards for Best for Families, Best Entertainment and Best Suites. For the third consecutive year Azamara won Best Shore Excursions, while Celebrity Cruises’ Eclipse was awarded Best Refurbishment.
River cruise winners include CroisiEurope, taking Best New River Ship for Loire Princesse, and Best for Itineraries, while Emerald Waterways was named Best for Value.
Southampton maintained the position as Best UK Departure Port for the seventh consecutive year, while Guernsey won Best UK Port of Call’ for the first time.
2015 Cruise Critic UK Editors’ Picks Awards (Ocean)
Best New Ship P&O Cruises’ Britannia
Best Refurbishment Celebrity Eclipse
Best for Luxury Crystal Cruises
Best for Families Royal Caribbean International
Best Itineraries Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
Best for Adventure Hurtigruten
Best Value Thomson Cruises
Best Dining P&O Cruises
Best Entertainment Royal Caribbean International
Best Suites Royal Caribbean International
Best Cabins Holland America Line
Best Shore Excursions Azamara Club Cruises
Best for Romance: Star Clippers
Best for Nightlife Norwegian Cruise Line
Best UK Port of Call Guernsey
Best UK Departure Port Southampton
2015 Cruise Critic UK Editors’ Picks Awards (River)
Best River Cruise Line AmaWaterways
Best New River Ship CroisiEurope’s Loire Princesse
Best Dining AmaWaterways
Best Cabins Sanctuary Retreats
Best Enrichment Tauck
Best Shore Excursions Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Best for Active Cruisers AmaWaterways
Best for Itineraries CroisiEurope
Best for Value Emerald Waterways
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