Cruise Critic Names Their 2013 Editors’ Picks Awards


Looking for a cruise but not sure where to start?  Cruise Critic’s new 2013 Editors’ Picks Awards may help!

Every traveller looks for something different when they searching for the perfect voyage.  When I first started cruising we would book solely on itinerary, now we choose ships that have more for our kids.  Friends of ours love to be the first to sail on a new ship, while others just want to see the Caribbean for the lowest price.

“Over the past year, our editors have covered every major ocean and river cruise line in the world — around 75 cruise lines, representing more than 400 ships,” said Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic, “This list represents the ships and lines that we feel have gone above and beyond this year.”

Best New Ship – Norwegian Breakaway

norwegian breakaway
Best Ship Refurbishment – Carnival Sunshine


Carnival Sunshine
Best For Luxury – Regent Seven Seas Cruises

regent seven seas cruises
Best for Families – Disney Cruise Lines

Disney Fantasy Cruise
Best Itineraries – Princess Cruises

The Caribbean Princess
Best for Adventure – Lindblad Expeditions

Lindblad Expeditions
Best Value for Money – Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara Club Cruises
Best Dining – Oceania Cruises

Ocenia Cruises dining room
Best Entertainment – Royal Caribbean International

Hairspray - Royal Caribbean
Best Suites – Oceania Cruises

oceania cruise owners suites
Best Inside Cabins – Norwegian Cruise Line

Norweigan Breakaway inside cabin
Best Standard Cabins – Celebrity Cruises

Veranda stateroom Celebrity Reflection
Best Shore Excursions – Disney Cruise Line

Castaway Cay Disney Cruiselines
Best for Honeymoons – Windstar Cruises

windstar Cruises
Best Cruise Ship Bar – Martini Bar, Celebrity Cruises

Martini Bar, Celebrity Cruises
Best North American Homeport – Vancouver

Best New River Ship – AmaPrima, AmaWaterways

AmaPrima, AmaWaterways
Best River Cruise Line – Viking Cruises

Viking Cruises

Speaking about the dining and ship bar categories Colleen McDaniel, managing editor of Cruise Critic said,

“In a crowded category, Oceania sets itself apart with ships that offer fantastic dining variety and exceptional quality. The line’s open-seating restaurants include Asian Red Ginger, French Jacques and Italian Toscana — all at no charge. La Reserve is a gourmand’s dream, with its seven-course meals and Wine Spectator-developed pairing at an additional fee.”

“Celebrity’s Martini Bar is equal parts great cocktail and evening entertainment,” said McDaniel, alluding to the Tom Cruise-style juggling displays behind the bar. “Bartenders at the frost-coated bar know a lot about mixology and are willing to show off their skills, flipping bottles and pouring a dozen drinks at once.”