Cruise News First Annual Bon Voyage Cruise Awards Announced

First Annual Bon Voyage Cruise Awards Announced

Bon Voyage, a digital travel magazine published by CruiseLine.com, has released their first annual editor’s choice awards. There were 35 different awards handed out in a variety of cruise categories.

“We were so inspired by the amount of quality cruising on the market today that we wanted to acknowledge the excellence in a formal way. We firmly believe that our winners deserve the accolades we’ve bestowed upon them.

In fact, it was no easy feat to accomplish; we originally thought we would give out 10 or 20 awards, but found so much to celebrate that we are handing out 35 in our inaugural year.” – Sherri Eisenberg, editor-in-chief of Bon Voyage.

A panel of top cruise writers were the judges for the awards.  They were Heidi Sarna (a 20+ year cruise writer), Ted Scull (travel writer), Lisa Cheng (former editor at Travel & Leisure), and Donna Heiderstadt (former travel editor at Modern Bride).

And the winners are…

Best Mainstream Line

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Gold: Disney Cruise Line
Silver: Celebrity Cruises
Bronze: Princess Cruise Line

Best Premium Line

Gold: Oceania Cruises
Silver: SeaDream Yacht Club
Bronze: Azamara Club Cruises

Best Luxury Line

Gold: Crystal Cruises
Silver: Seabourn Cruise Line
Bronze: Silversea Cruises

Best for Couples

Gold: SeaDream Yacht Club
Silver: Celebrity Cruises
Bronze: Paul Gauguin Cruises

Best for Singles

Gold: Norwegian Cruise Line
Silver: Carnival Cruise Lines
Bronze: Cunard Line

Best for Multigenerational Families

Gold: Disney Cruise Line
Silver: Royal Caribbean International
Bronze: Lindblad Expeditions

Best Service

Gold: Crystal Cruises
Silver: Seabourn Cruise Line
Bronze: Disney Cruise Line

Best Value

Gold: Holland America Line
Silver: Carnival Cruise Lines
Bronze: MSC Cruises

Best New Ship

Gold: Norwegian Getaway
Silver: Regal Princess
Bronze: MSC Divina

Best Refurbished Ship

Gold: Carnival Sunshine
Silver: Crystal Symphony
Bronze: Star Pride

Cabins and Food

Best Mainstream Cabins

Gold: Disney Cruise Line
Silver: Holland America Line
Bronze: Carnival Cruise Lines

Best Premium Cabins

Gold: Oceania Cruises
Silver: Cunard Line
Bronze: Windstar Cruises

Best Luxury Cabins

Gold: Silversea Cruises
Silver: Seabourn Cruise Line
Bronze: Crystal Cruises

Most Innovative Cabins

Gold: Celebrity Reflection Sea View Suite
Silver: Oceania Marina and Oceania Riviera Ralph Lauren Suite
Bronze: Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas Oasis Duplex

Best Food

Gold: Crystal Cruises
Silver: Seabourn Cruise Line
Bronze: Oceania Cruises

Most Improved Food

Gold: Carnival Cruise Lines
Silver: Princess Cruises
Bronze: Norwegian Cruise Line

Best Free Takeaway Fare

Gold: Carnival’s Blue Iguana Cantina
Silver: Carnival’s Guy’s Burger Joint
Bronze: Holland America’s Dive In

Entertainment

Best Onboard Daytime Activities

Gold: Royal Caribbean International
Silver: Norwegian Cruise Line
Bronze: Disney Cruise Line

Best Onboard Evening Entertainment

Gold: Disney Cruise Line
Silver: Norwegian Cruise Line
Bronze: Carnival Cruise Lines

Best Nightlife

Gold: Celebrity Cruises
Silver: Carnival Cruise Lines
Bronze: Norwegian Cruise Line

Best Water Parks

Gold: Royal Caribbean International
Silver: Disney Cruise Line
Bronze: Norwegian Cruise Line

Best Services for Children (Under 3)

Gold: Disney Cruise Line
Silver: Royal Caribbean International
Bronze: Cunard Line

Best Services for Children (Age 3 – 12)

Gold: Disney Cruise Line
Silver: Royal Caribbean International
Bronze: Carnival Cruise Lines

Best Services for Teens

Gold: Royal Caribbean International
Silver: Norwegian Cruise Line
Bronze: Disney Cruise Line

Destinations

Best for Beaches

Gold: French Polynesia
Silver: Eastern Caribbean
Bronze: Bermuda

Best for Culture

Gold: Western Mediterranean
Silver: Eastern Mediterranean
Bronze: Baltic

Best for Food Lovers

Gold: Western Mediterranean
Silver: Southeast Asia
Bronze: Eastern Mediterranean

Best for Nature Lovers

Gold: Galapagos Islands
Silver: Alaska
Bronze: Australia/New Zealand

Best Caribbean Port

Gold: Tortola
Silver: Aruba
Bronze: St. John

Best Alaska Port

Gold: Juneau
Silver: Sitka
Bronze: Anchorage

Best Eastern Mediterranean Port

Gold: Venice, Italy
Silver: Istanbul, Turkey
Bronze: Santorini, Greece

Best Western Mediterranean Port

Gold: Barcelona, Spain
Silver: Portofino, Italy
Bronze: Valenica, Spain

Best Baltic Port

Gold: Copenhagen, Denmark
Silver: St. Petersburg, Russia
Bronze: Helsinki, Finland

Best Asian Port

Gold: Shanghai
Silver: Hong Kong
Bronze: Kyoto, Japan

Best South Pacific Port

Gold: Sydney
Silver: Bora Bora
Bronze: Easter Island

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Cruise News First Annual Bon Voyage Cruise Awards Announced

2 COMMENTS

  1. My wife and I love princess above all we travel the world and they take care of us with transfers flights special needs at a very resionable price being elite helps with some nice perks but overall princess is our favorite rccl is like going from a cadilac to a metro ok price but service is lacking in many ways like in the lunch buffet you have to grab a table,food ,and your own beverage just like a school cafeteria no class celerity is better and over priced though service is very refined a very good staff. If you know anything what line has not been Carnivalized my term for what carnival has done to many of its acquisitions Princess can and does still have a firm grip on their brand , we always get turn down chocolates .How many of your winners can say that. X cruise line employee 15years chef not a novice

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