Best Cruise Ships of 2019 – Cruisers’ Choice Award

Silver Galapagos. Credit: SilverSea Cruises Ltd.

Millions of people are expected to set sail on the high seas in 2019. The good part is that yachters these days can find a ship suiting their personality.

However, if you are wondering where to start? You can check out the 9th annual Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards that was announced recently. The awards are based on consumer ratings and reviews that are posted to Cruise Critic over the past year. Cruise Critic – the world’s largest online cruise community reportedly features over 350,000 cruise reviews for around 700 ships.

Colleen McDaniel, senior executive editor of Cruise Critic reiterated that at a time when travellers have an unlimited choice of which cruise to take – from the biggest and flashiest, to the most intimate and luxurious – there’s never been a better time to cruise. He further said that what’s really special about our Cruisers’ Choice Awards is that they’re based solely on cruisers’ ratings. The awards cover four ship size classes: and small (fewer than 400 passengers), small-mid size (400 to 1,199 passengers), mid-size (1,200 to 1,999 passengers), large (2,000+ passengers).

The highlights of the awards include Viking Ocean Cruises dominating first-place rankings among small-mid size ships and winning all but one top slot, and Celebrity Cruises winning among large ships. Celebrity also had five first-place wins. Meanwhile, Caribbean-based Celebrity Equinox took four honours including best cruise overall, best public rooms, best cruise ship for dining and best value for the money. Celebrity Eclipse took the award for best service in the large ship category.

Some of the other highlights include:

Best Cruises Overall
Silver Galapagos – Silversea Cruises (small)
Viking Sky – Viking Ocean Cruises (small-mid)
Riviera – Oceania Cruises (mid-size)
Celebrity Equinox – Celebrity Cruises (large)

Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment
Paul Gauguin – Paul Gauguin Cruises (small)
Viking Sun – Viking Ocean Cruises (small-mid)
MSC Sinfonia – MSC Cruises (mid-size)
Symphony of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International (large)

Best Cruise Ships for Value
Silver Galapagos – Silversea Cruises (small)
Viking Sky – Viking Ocean Cruises (small-mid)
MSC Sinfonia – MSC Cruises (mid-size)
Celebrity Equinox – Celebrity Cruises (large)

Best Cruise Ship Cabins
Paul Gauguin – Paul Gauguin Cruises (small)
Viking Sky – Viking Ocean Cruises (small-mid)
Marina – Oceania Cruises (mid-size)
Harmony of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International (large)

Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions
Silver Galapagos – Silversea Cruises (small)
Viking Star – Viking Ocean Cruises (small-mid)
Coral Princess – Princess Cruises (mid-size)
Carnival Valor – Carnival Cruise Line (large)

Get ready and set sail on the ship of your choice based on well-grounded Cruisers’ Choice Award.

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