Posted February 22nd, 2016
Cruisers Opt For NCL Ships In 2016 Cruise Critic Awards
There’s no Escape-ing the Epic achievement that has put everyone at Norwegian Cruise Line in high Spirit-s over the past week. The annual Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards were announced recently and the all-knowing travellers of the seas have crowned a number of NCL ships as the best in their category. Not only did Norwegian Spirit win best overall ship in the large vessels section, the operator also managed to bag seven other awards across the twelve different areas.
Awash With Awards
Cruise enthusiasts got to highlight their favourite ship in categories such as ‘best for cabins’, ‘best for value’ and ‘best for dining’, with a new award for ‘best for new-comers’ added especially for 2016. The winners were calculated in accordance with ratings and reviews provided by users of the Cruise Critic website, proving first-hand experiences and opinions. Along with Norwegian Spirit (which won four accolades in total), Norwegian Sun proved what an excellent choice she is by scooping gongs for best entertainment, best shore excursions and best fitness and recreation, all in the mid-sized category.
The other winner for NCL was the newly launched Norwegian Escape, which was declared the best large ship for entertainment. Having stepped aboard the latest vessel to join the fleet ourselves, we agree that the fantastic range of music and theatre venues combined with the excellent recreation activities means that you are never short of something to do whilst on board.
Best Mid-size and Small Ships
Norwegian Cruise Line didn’t have it all their way though, as the mid-size category awards were dominated by one ship in particular. Oceania Cruises' Riviera outshone its competitors in six different areas to sail away with the awards for best service, best cabins, best dining, best embarkation, best public rooms and best overall ship. This is the second year in a row that the impressive flagship has picked up five out of the six awards mentioned above, whilst also overtaking Disney Magic with their delicious food options.
When it came to the small ship awards, they were also monopolised by one particular vessel. In her debut season, Viking Star managed to wow cruisers with her facilities, earning the ship seven awards in total. This included those for best value, best service and best dining. The only other ship to win in the small category was Seven Seas Voyager, which claimed three titles including best overall ship.
A Winning Return
The success for Norwegian Cruise Line comes as they announce their return to British shores in 2017. For the first time in seven years, the cruise line will position a ship in Southampton for the summer season, as Norwegian Jade will offer cruises from the UK from April 2017. Just before that, the ship will receive a multi-million pound makeover as part of NCL’s Norwegian Edge upgrade program.
If you would like to experience any of the ships mentioned above for yourself, we have a wide range of itineraries available throughout all four seasons of the year. Also, you can read more about the 2016 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards by clicking here.