Cruisers' favourite ships revealed
15 February 2016 09:09
Cruisers have voted for their favourite ships
The best cruise ships of the year have been revealed, based entirely on the experiences of UK cruisers.
Norwegian Cruise Line sailed away with eight awards at the 2016 UK Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards, while Oceania Cruises also made big waves.
The awards are regarded as a valuable stamp of approval from holidaymakers who like to travel the world by boat.
Norwegian Cruise Line proved extremely popular with UK cruisers, enjoying a successful night at the ceremony.
Norwegian Spirit picked up four of the company's wins in the Large Ship category, which is for vessels that can hold over 2,000 passengers. It won Best Overall, while Norwegian Escape, one of the latest additions to the line's fleet, launched last year, won Best Entertainment.
All three of its Mid-Size Ship awards, for vessels capable of carrying between 1,200 and 1,999 passengers, went to Norwegian Sun, including Best Entertainment.
The awards are calculated using the ratings submitted by Cruise Critic members, something Adam Coulter, UK editor of the cruise review site and online cruise community, says can help travellers to be better informed and feel more confident about their decisions.
He claims reading the reviews makes it easier and quicker for holidaymakers to plan a great cruise holiday.
This means they could spend more time getting a good deal on cruise travel insurance and other holiday essentials.
For Oceania Cruises, Riviera held onto its five Mid-Size Ship class wins from 2015, including Best Overall, plus added a sixth award for Best Dining.
MSC Cruises' MSC Lirica was named the Best Value Mid-Size Ship, while in the Small Ship category, for vessels with a capacity of 1,199 or fewer passengers, Regent's Seven Seas Voyager was named Best Overall and also awarded Best Embarkation and Best for Shore Excursions.
Newcomer Viking Ocean Cruises' first ship, Viking Star, picked up seven awards including Best Dining and Best Service.
Best for First-Timers, a new award for 2016, went to Arcadia of P&O Cruises. It sails to a number of destinations including San Francisco, Auckland, Hong Kong and Cape Town.