The Best Cruises in the World for everything your heart desires in 2017

2017-02-16 20:01 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - The cruise season is in full swing and if you're looking for the very best ships to board, we've got just the thing. 

The 2017 Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards has just been announced, naming the world's best loved cruise ships from real travellers' votes, in the categories they achieved the highest scores. 

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According to Colleen McDaniel, Cruise Critic's senior executive editor, "The Cruisers' Choice Awards are particularly important because they are based on reviews submitted to Cruise Critic over the past year and directly reflect the experiences people had on their cruise. 

"This means that you can not only see the ships that won, but also find out why. Reviews offer a really good starting point for planning a cruise, to help you to narrow down your choices."

The ever-popular Disney Cruise Line won eight awards this year, a drop from its dominating total of 11 awards last year. But more importantly, the awards they did win demonstrated the appeal of the cruise line beyond child-centered travel - most of the company's awards were not for family appeal.

Their Magic Cruise Line won for best overall ship in the midsize ship category, while the larger Disney Dream won for best overall large ship for the third year in a row. The Dream also won for best service, best public rooms, best cabins and best shore excursions, while the Fantasy won for best fitness and recreation.

Another cruise liner worth mentioning is the relatively new Viking Ocean Cruises, which only started their oceanic voyages in 2015. Two year into running the new operations, they dominated the 2017 Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards in winning awards in 10 categories. 

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The Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards 2017 rankings are based on ratings given by members in published member reviews.

The full list of best cruises are as follows, in the following categories: 

Best Cruises Overall

Disney Dream (Large)
Disney Magic (Mid-Size)
Viking Sea (Small-Mid)
Celebrity Xpedition (Small)

Best Cruise Ship Cabins

Disney Dream (Large)
Marina (Mid-Size)
Viking Star (Small-Mid)
Star Legend (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Dining

Celebrity Reflection (Large)
Marina (Mid-Size)
Viking Star (Small-Mid)
Wind Surf (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Celebrity Reflection (Large)
Celestyal Crystal (Mid-Size)
Pacific Princess (Small-Mid)
Celebrity Xpedition (Small)

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Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Allure of the Seas (Large)
Celestyal Crystal (Mid-Size)
Viking Sea (Small-Mid)
Silver Shadow (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

Disney Fantasy (Large)
Marina (Mid-Size)
Viking Sea (Small-Mid)
Celebrity Xpedition (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Disney Dream (Large)
Marina (Mid-Size)
Viking Sea (Small-Mid)
Celebrity Xpedition (Small)

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Best Cruise Ships for Service

Disney Dream (Large)
Marina (Mid-Size)
Viking Sea (Small-Mid)
Paul Gauguin (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Disney Dream (Large)
Celestyal Crystal (Mid-Size)
Viking Sea (Small-Mid)
Celebrity Xpedition (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Value

Norwegian Sky (Large)
Celestyal Crystal (Mid-Size)
Viking Star (Small Mid)
Celebrity Xpedition (Small)

Best Cruises for Families - Disney Magic

Best Cruise Ships for First Timers - Viking Star





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