Celebrity Cruises have enjoyed near total dominance at this year’s Cruise Critic awards, with ships from the fleet scooping seven of the 11 ship-specific awards. The Celebrity Equinox, Eclipse and Silhouette were amongst the large ship winners for the cruise line, scooping awards alongside ships from Royal Caribbean, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line.
The Celebrity Equinox was voted the overall best large ship on the seas, also winning in the Best for Dining and Best for Public Rooms categories. The Celebrity Eclipse also landed three titles: Best for Cabins, Best for Fitness and Best for Shore Excursions.
The mid-sized ship awards were dominated by the Oceania Riviera which scooped half of the 10 categories in a comprehensive display, including Best Overall ship. Disney Cruises, MSC Cruises, Holland America Line and Fred. Olsen also all won mid-size ship awards.
Saga, Fred. Olsen and Azamara split the small ship awards between them, topping four, three and three categories respectively. The Saga Sapphire scooped four awards by itself including Best Overall small ship.
Full list of winners:
Best Overall – Celebrity Equinox
Best for Cabins – Celebrity Eclipse
Best for Dining – Celebrity Equinox
Best for Embarkation – P&O Aurora
Best for Entertainment – Norwegian Epic
Best for Fitness – Celebrity Eclipse
Best for Public Rooms – Celebrity Equinox
Best for Service – Emerald Princess
Best for Shore Excursions – Celebrity Eclipse
Best for Value – Celebrity Silhouette
Best for Families – Independence of the Seas
Best Overall – Oceania Riviera
Best for Cabins – Oceania Riviera
Best for Dining – Disney Magic
Best for Embarkation – Oceania Riviera
Best for Entertainment – MSC Lirica
Best for Fitness – Holland America Ryndam
Best for Public Rooms – Oceania Riviera
Best for Service – Oceania Riviera
Best for Shore Excursions – Fred. Olsen Balmoral
Best for Value – Fred. Olsen Balmoral
Best Overall – Saga Sapphire
Best for Cabins – Saga Sapphire
Best for Dining – Saga Sapphire
Best for Embarkation – Saga Sapphire
Best for Entertainment – Azamara Journey
Best for Fitness – Azamara Quest
Best for Public Rooms – Azamara Quest
Best for Service – Fred. Olsen Black Watch
Best for Shore Excursions – Fred. Olsen Black Watch
Best for Value – Fred. Olsen Black Watch
The awards are based entirely upon reviews submitted throughout 2014 across three classes of ships based upon passenger capacity – Large (2,000+), Mid-Sized (1,200 – 1,999) and small (1,199 or fewer). The awards are held every year, given an up-to-date review of cruising patterns and cruise ship popularity.
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