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Cruisers Name Their Favourite Ships In The Cruise Critic Awards

Cruise Critic is an online review website that provides valuable and first-hand information from those who have been on a cruise to those who are looking to take one. Acting like a sort of Trip Advisor solely for cruising, the website allows users to submit reviews of cruises they have been on, ships they have experienced and cruise lines that they have sailed with.

Last week, the 2015 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards were announced. Based on genuine opinions from travellers, honours were given out in accordance to the size of the ships (small, mid-sized, and large). Within these three areas, there were many different categories including experience-based criteria such as ‘Best for Dining’ and ‘Best for Families’, as well as destination-focused sections like ‘Best Caribbean Cruises’ and ‘Best from the UK’.

So let’s take a look at some of the cruise lines that came away with many reasons to celebrate.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Eclipse

Celebrity Cruises were without doubt the biggest winners; scooping nine awards in total, all in the large ship categories. Four of these were earned by the impressive Celebrity Eclipse, including ‘Best from the UK’ thanks to the cruises they offer out of Southampton. The other three awards won by the ship were ‘Best for Cabins’, ‘Best for Shore Excursions’, and ‘Best for Fitness’.

It was, however, Celebrity Equinox that had the honour of being crowned the best vessel overall in the large ships category. Along with this, she was also awarded ‘Best for Dining’ and ‘Best for Public Rooms’. The latter is surely thanks to an easy-to-navigate design that places all the restaurants at the aft, all the entertainment venues at the front and all the shopping areas in the middle. The other two awards, ‘Best for Value’ and ‘Best Mediterranean Cruises’, were given to Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection respectively.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Black Watch

It was also a good result for Suffolk-based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines as they earned five honours in total. These came in both the mid-sized and small ships categories and were split between the 1,350 capacity Balmoral and the smaller Black Watch, which can carry up to 804 guests.

Both vessels earned acclaim for being the ‘Best for Shore Excursions’ in their respective categories, whilst Black Watch also achieved the ‘Best for Service’ gong. However, in a time where everyone is looking for the best deal, the most satisfying result will have been that both ships came out on top in the ‘Best for Value’ categories. This proves that guests are likely to return as they know exactly what they are getting for their money.

Oceania Cruises


Whilst the two cruise lines above earned their various awards for a variety of different ships, Oceania Cruises have just one of their vessels to thank for the five honours they picked up. The popular Riviera, a mid-sized-ship, recorded a perfect score of five out of five in the ‘Best for Service’, ‘Best for Public Areas’, ‘Best for Cabins’, and ‘Best for Embarkation’ categories. The latter being awarded due to the seamless boarding and check-in service in place as guests excitedly begin their cruise.

The fifth award won by Riviera was perhaps the best of the bunch, though. The luxury vessel was crowned the best mid-sized ship overall, beating MSC’s Lirica and Fred. Olsen’s Balmoral into first place.

You can view the full list of award winners, and find out which other cruise lines did well, here.

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