Cruise NewsCarnival Cruise Line Voted 2014 Best Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line Voted 2014 Best Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line was voted the Best Cruise Line in 2014 in the annual Cruise Fever Fan Awards.  Thousands of votes were cast as Cruise Fever saw a record number of votes cast during 2014.

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Carnival Cruise Line has done a remarkable job over the past 18-24 months after a series of mishaps on a few of their cruise ships made national news.  After finishing 2nd last year to Royal Caribbean in the 2013 voting, the largest cruise line in the world continues to make the steps necessary to provide an affordable, fun, and safe vacation for the entire family.  Carnival Funship cruisers are also among the most loyal cruisers to their line.

Royal Caribbean International finished second in the voting after finishing first a year ago. The cruise line launched the most technologically advanced cruise ship to date when the Quantum of the Seas debuted in November. While the jury is still out on Dynamic Dining and the Quantum, the ship brought many new features that have created a strong media buzz throughout the past few months.

Norwegian Cruise Line finished in 3rd place, moving up one spot from 2013.  The Freestyle Cruising experience continues to be popular with cruisers and the cruise line launched their 2nd Breakaway Class ship (Norwegian Getaway) in early 2014.

Princess Cruises also moved up one spot to 4th after christening their newest cruise ship, the Regal Princess, to a star studded event that featured the original cast of the popular TV show The Love Boat.  The cruise line also kicked off their 50th anniversary celebration as they celebrate 50 years of cruising in 2015.

Finishing in 5th to 11th in voting were Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises, MSC Cruises, Cunard Line, and Costa Crociere.

Voting was open from early January until December 1, 2014.  Voting took place on  and votes from multiple IP addresses were discarded, allowing one vote per household.

Voters also voted on several other categories and not surprisingly, the Caribbean was overwhelming voted the top cruise destination with Alaska and the Mediterranean rounding out the top 3.

Winners of Best Cruise Line for Families, Best New Cruise Ship in 2014, Most Anticipated New Cruise Ship for 2015, Best Private Island, Best Cruise Line to Alaska, Favorite Port in the Caribbean, and Best Cruise Blog will be announced shortly.

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Cruise NewsCarnival Cruise Line Voted 2014 Best Cruise Line


  1. Sorry to say, Carnival Cruise line is making profit by not paying overtime for their employee for their hard work, specially employee working in the galley, restaurant service and house keeping have to clock out and work, go for their drills, attend classes or else they have been not promoted or they have attitude problem, And senior mangers take the credits or take bonuses for the same, Everyone from the ships office to Miami head office have the knowledge about the funtime, what means for the crew members the hard time they even don’t follow U.S.P.H. procedure, its just there in the book to follow, no one follows it and if they follow, employee will work more then 16hrs a day, all the paper work for U.S.P.H. procedure like logs and tags are completed for the whole cruise one day prior to arrival of U.S. Port because of fever of public health inspection.

  2. Using a pure vote count would be expected for the most part to just show which companies have the most cruises. To make this poll meaningful, you have to “normalize” the vote. A “votes per cruise” ratio would do this.

    As a simple example, say that Carnival only produced 10 cruises last year and one person on each cruise participated in your poll. Likewise, Viking produced 1 cruise last year and 1 person on the Viking cruise participated in your poll. 9 of the carnival cruisers voted for the cruise they experienced. 1 of the carnival cruisers voted for viking. The viking cruiser voted for viking.

    Using a raw count, you end up with
    Carnival: 9
    Viking: 2

    Carnival is the clear winner simply because they had more cruises. Now if you look at how many votes per cruise you get a whole different story:

    Carnival: 9 votes / 10 cruises = 0.9
    Viking: 2 votes / 1 cruise = 2.0

    Here, Viking is the clear winner even though they had much fewer cruises. By normalizing the votes, you see a much clearer picture as to who was really preferred rather than who just had a massive number of cruises. An even better way to normalize would be to do “votes per passenger count for that cruise” where the passenger count is the total number of passengers who sailed with that particular line in that particular year.

    Without normalization, this poll will always give preference to the cruise lines that haul the most passengers.

  3. Implicit in this poll is that those voting any entity “best” means they sampled others in the comparison sample. Any chance any/some/many of those voting Carnival “best” actually experienced any other cruise line? Not just mass market – Premium, Luxury, whatever. What is their reference point to declare something/anything “best”?

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