CRUISE SHIP AWARDS

WITH only a few months to year’s end www.cruisecritic.com – the world’s largest cruise review site – has released its annual awards for 2013.

The site’s international editors have named the best cruise lines and ships afloat from 75 cruise lines representing 400 ships.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s New York-themed ship, Norwegian Breakaway, has been named Best New Ship, after debuting in April this year, while AmaWaterways’ AmaPrima is named Best New River Ship after debuting in Europe this summer.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line won the Best Entertainment slot for the variety of offerings across her fleet; and Disney Cruise Line won the Best for Families and Best Shore Excursions categories.

australiancruisingnews.com agrees with most of these awards, particularly Azamara Club Cruises being named the best value-for-money cruise line with the fare on Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest including all gratuities, as well as items such as bar drinks and an exclusive onshore guest experience.

While applauding Viking Cruises’ award for Best River Cruise Line, australiancruisingnews.com has a “soft spot” for Scenic Tours’ top-of -the-range river cruise ships, www.scenictours.com.au/cruises.

Azamara Club Cruises has been named best value-for-money cruise line by the Cruise Critic website. Azamara Quest, above, will be sailing to Australian waters in 2015.
Azamara Club Cruises has been named best value-for-money cruise line by the Cruise Critic website. Azamara Quest, above, will be sailing jnto Australian waters in 2015.

Cruise Critic’s 2013 winners

Best New Ship: Norwegian Breakaway, www.ncl.com/breakaway

Best for Luxury: Regent Seven Seas Cruises, www.rssc.com.au

Best for Families: Disney Cruise Line, www.disneycruise.disney.go.com

Best Itineraries: Princess Cruises, www.princess.com

Best for Adventure: Lindblad Expeditions, www.expeditions.com

Best Value-for-Money: Azamara Club Cruises, www.azamaraclubcruises.com

Best Dining: Oceania Cruises, www.oceaniacruises.com

Best Entertainment: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, www.royalcaribbean.com.au

Best Shore Excursions: Disney Cruise Line, www.disneycruise.disney.go.com

Best for Honeymoons: Windstar Cruises, www.windstarcruises.com

Best New River Ship: AmaPrima, AmaWaterways, www.amawaterways.com

Best River Cruise Line: Viking Cruises, www.vikingrivercruises.com.au

Source: www.cruisecritic.com

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