For the fifth consecutive year, Disney Cruise Line has taken top honors in Cruise Critic’s annual Cruisers’ Choice Awards, with Cruise Critic reviewers choosing Disney Dream as the “Best Overall” large cruise ship for the third year in a row.
Meanwhile, sister ship Disney Magic earned the same honor in the Mid-Size ship category, accounting for the second of Disney’s eight awards, which also include “Best Cabins” and “Best Service” in the Large ship category and “Best for Families” overall.
Did your favorite make the list? See the full list of the 2017 Cruisers’ Choice Award winners.
Cruise Critic’s annual Cruisers’ Choice Awards are based solely on the ratings from everyday cruisers’ reviews. This year’s awards include reviews submitted for cruises taken during 2016, and they’re given in four categories: Large (2,000 passengers and more), Mid-Size (1,200-1,999), Small-Mid (400- 1,199) and Small (fewer than 400).
Celebrity had winners on both ends of the size spectrum, commandeering an impressive eight awards. Celebrity Xpedition, the line’s expedition vessel, came away with six accolades in the Small category, including “Best Overall.” Add two more — “Best Dining” and “Best Embarkation” — for Celebrity Reflection in the Large category.
Also of note is Viking Ocean, which nearly swept the Small-Mid category, winning nine of 10 possible awards that include bests in dining, service and entertainment, as well as “Best Overall” for new ship Viking Sea, which debuted in 2016. Additionally, Viking won “Best for First-Timers.”
Equally impressive is Oceania, which gets the nod for “Best Dining” in the Mid-Size category for the sixth year in a row. This year, Marina got the honor. The ship also took “Best Cabins,” “Best for Fitness” and “Best for Service.”
A newcomer to the awards this year is Celestyal Crystal, which offers Cuba sailings year-round. It took home four awards in the Mid-Size ship category, including “Best Value” and “Best Shore Excursions.”
Finally, with its commitment to all-inclusive beverages, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sky snagged recognition among large ships for “Best Value.”
–By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor