Cruisers' Choice Awards: Cruise Critic Survey Ranks Top Vacations on the Seas

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Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises are two of the most highly favored cruise lines reveals Cruise Critic's first annual Cruisers' Choice Awards.

The two lines took home the most top honors in the survey, which is based on consumer-submitted ratings by a community of 700,000 members and more than 70,000 reviews. Vessels were rated in eleven categories, with each category divided between small, mid-size and large ships.

Royal Caribbean cleaned up, earning seven best rankings. Not surprisingly, most of those went to the behemoth Oasis of the Seas – the first ship to set sail with more than 6,000 passengers.

Best Overall, Large: Oasis of the Seas
Best Entertainment, Large: Oasis of the Seas
Best Embarkation, Large: Oasis of the Seas
Best Embarkation, Mid-Size: Grandeur of the Seas
Best For Families: Oasis of the Seas
Best Fitness, Large: Liberty of the Seas
Best Service, Large: Serenade of the Seas

Celebrity was right behind with six top nods. Three of those are for the Xpedition, which hosts an intimate 92 guests at a time.

Best Overall, Small: Celebrity Xpedition
Best Cabins, Large: Celebrity Solstice
Best Dining, Large: Celebrity Equinox
Best Public Rooms, Large: Celebrity Equinox
Best Shore Excursions, Small: Celebrity Xpedition
Best Value, Small: Celebrity Xpedition

Princess Cruises and Holland America Line finished next in line with four bests each.

Noticeably underrepresented were ships from Disney Cruise Line and Carnival. Disney earned only one top honor – Best Entertainment, Mid-Size for the Disney Wonder. Carnival fared a bit better with the Carnival Victory snagging Best Excursions, Large and Best Value, Large.

But, it's not just all about the big guys. Cruise Critics also offered a handful of best ratings to smaller lines: Paul Gauguin Cruises (Best Dining, Small); SeaDream Yacht Club (Best Embarkation, Small and Best Service, Small); Seabourn (Best Fitness, Small); Windstar Cruises (Best Public Rooms, Small); and Regent Seven Seas Cruises (Best Cabins, Small).

To see the complete results, visit Cruise Critic's webpage.


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