Glacier Bay, Alaska, Cuba’s capital city of Havana and Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Cay are three winners places of Cruise Critic third annual Cruisers’ Choice Awards, naming the world’s most popular cruise destinations.
The awards are based entirely on consumer ratings submitted with reviews on Cruise Critic. The awards name the top cruise destinations across 18 regions worldwide. New in 2018, the awards also highlight the best cruise lines to visit each region.
“While tropical destinations will always be popular among cruisers, what’s really exciting to see is the rise in esteem of destinations more known for their immersive and experiential offerings – places like Havana, Edinburgh and Arles, Colleen McDaniel, Senior Executive Editor of Cruise Critic said to journalists.
“By awarding top destinations and now the best lines that visit them, we’re even better able to connect travelers with standout experiences available in the incredible places they’re looking to explore”, the expert added.
Glacier Bay in Alaska was named the Most Popular Cruise Destination in 2018 – receiving the highest ratings among cruise destinations across the globe.
Glacier Bay was also the top-rated destination in Alaska for the third year in a row. It’s one of the best Inside Passage locations for glacier and wildlife viewing, with its Margerie Glacier considered one of the most photogenic glaciers.
Cuba’s capital city of Havana was named the Best Cruise Destination in the Western Caribbean & Riviera Maya for the first time. While international cruise lines have long visited Cuba, U.S. travelers have only been legally visiting since 2016. Today, 17 cruise lines visit Cuba.
Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Cay received the award for Best Cruise Line Private Island for the third consecutive year. The port also ranked as the top overall island in the Caribbean, across all three regions (Eastern, Western and Southern).
The island is an all-ages hit with families, offering the same character experiences that Disney is famous for, while also including an adults-only retreat for those looking for some quiet time.
Cruise Critic disclosed that Celebrity Cruises a big cruise line winner, receiving awards in nine of the 18 regional categories – including Best Cruise Line in Alaska, Australia & New Zealand and all three Caribbean regions. Also informed that Viking Ocean Cruises stood out among the small cruise lines, receiving four awards, including Best Cruise Line in the Baltic & Scandinavia, Western Caribbean & Riviera Maya, British Isles & Western Europe, and Western Mediterranean.
The first-places winners includes Top-Rated Port in Asia: Singapore; Top-Rated Port in the Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda: King’s Wharf; Top-Rated Port in the Southern Caribbean: Curacao Top-Rated Port in the Western Caribbean & Riviera Maya: Havana and Best Large Ship Line in the Panama Canal & Central America: Norwegian Cruise Line.
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