LONDON – Cruise Critic, the world’s leading cruise review site and online cruise community, has announced the winners of the inaugural Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards. The awards name the best cruise destinations of the year – across 15 regions around the world – based entirely on reviews posted to the Cruise Critic website.
“A cruise isn’t just about the ship – picking the right itinerary is imperative,” explains Adam Coulter, UK editor, Cruise Critic. “Cruises enable travellers to explore a number of amazing destinations, offering culture, beauty and history. With such a variety of unique destinations to choose from, these awards aim to highlight, and celebrate, those rated highly by travellers to offer inspiration and guidance to cruise planners.”
Popular ports include the Caribbean’s St. Maarten, which receives visits from lines including P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises, and Alaska’s Glacier Bay which is visited by a number of cruise lines including Norwegian Cruise Line and Holland America Line.
Ireland and Scotland make the cut
For the British Isles and Western Europe awards, Amsterdam, which sees calls from the likes of Regent Seven Seas and Azamara Club Cruises was rated top, while Cork’s Cobh and Glasgow’s Greenock ranked second and third respectively.
Britons love the Baltics
UK travellers rated Baltic destinations in their top three, with Stockholm first, followed by Tallinn and Copenhagen.
First Place Cruise Destinations:
- Top-Rated British Isles and Western Europe Port: Amsterdam
- Top-Rated Alaska Port: Glacier Bay
- Top-Rated Asia & South Pacific Port: Mystery Island
- Top-Rated Australia & New Zealand Port: Sydney
- Top-Rated Private Islands Port: Castaway Cay
- Top-Rated Baltic & Scandinavia Port: St. Petersburg
- Top-Rated Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda Port: St. Maarten
- Top-Rated Southern Caribbean Port: Bonaire
- Top-Rated Western Caribbean & Riviera Maya Port: Cozumel
- Top-Rated Eastern Mediterranean Port: Venice
- Top Rated European River Port: Paris
- Top Rated Western Mediterranean Port: Barcelona
- Top-Rated Hawaii Port: Kauai
- Top-Rated Mexican Riviera & South America Port: Puerto Vallarta
- Top-Rated US & Canada Port: San Francisco
*Source: TripAdvisor log files, Q2 2016