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Australia’s Most Popular Cruises of the Year Named by Cruise Critic

March 12, 2019 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Cruise Critic®, the world’s leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community, has announced the winners of its first annual Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards for Australia – naming the most popular cruise ships, based on consumer reviews and ratings shared on Cruise Critic over the past year. 

Royal Caribbean, Cunard and Ponant are the most highly rated cruise lines, according to Australian cruisers.

“This is the first time in the nine-year history of the global Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards that we have released winners specifically for Australians and New Zealanders, based on the reviews they have submitted on our site over the past year,” said Louise Goldsbury, Cruise Critic’s Managing Editor, Australia.

Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas scooped the Large Ship category, topping seven out of ten categories – including Best Overall Ship, Best Dining, Best Shore Excursions, Best Public Rooms, Best Fitness and Recreation, Best Embarkation and Best Value for Money.

The winner in the Medium Ship category was Cunard’s Queen Victoria. As the Best Overall Ship, it also won best dining, cabins, entertainment, public rooms and best value.

The most popular overall Small Ship was Ponant’s Le Boreal, highest rated by passengers for service, value and shore excursions. Azamara Club Cruises’ refurbished Azamara Quest also performed well, winning best cabins, dining, entertainment, embarkation and public rooms.

In other specialty categories, P&O’s Pacific Aria was named Best For Families, and Princess Cruises’ Sapphire Princess, which sails in Asia and Europe, was named Best For First Timers.

Louise Goldsbury adds: “From the results, we can see what people really think about our local cruises as well as ships in all of the international destinations where Australians and New Zealanders go cruising. It goes to show that it’s not always the newest ships that are the best. All of the winners have been around for a few years, and for Queen Victoria and Sapphire Princess, two overseas-based ships, to be so popular is something that nobody could have known without these awards.”

Here is the full list of winners.

Best Cruises Overall 

  • Explorer of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International (Large)
  • Queen Victoria – Cunard Line (Mid-Size)
  • Le Boreal – Ponant (Small)

Best Cruise Ship Cabins

  • Sapphire Princess– Princess Cruises (Large)
  • Queen Victoria – Cunard Line (Mid-Size)
  • Azamara Quest – Azamara Club Cruises (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Dining

  • Explorer of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International (Large)
  • Queen Victoria – Cunard Line (Mid-Size)
  • Azamara Quest – Azamara Club Cruises (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

  • Explorer of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International (Large)
  • Masdaam – Holland America Cruise Lines (Mid-Size)
  • Azamara Quest – Azamara (Small)

Best Cruise Ship Cabins

  • Explorer of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International (Large)
  • Maasdam – Holland America Line (Mid-Size)
  • Azamara Quest – Azamara Club Cruises (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

  • Sun Princess –Princess Cruises (Large)
  • Queen Victoria – Cunard Line (Mid-Size)
  • Azamara Quest – Azamara Club Cruises (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Fitness and Recreation

  • Explorer of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International (Large)
  • Pacific Aria – P&O Australia (Mid-Size)
  • Azamara Journey – Azamara Club Cruises (Small)

Best Cruise Ship Public Rooms

  • Explorer of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International (Large)
  • Queen Victoria – Cunard Line (Mid-Size)
  • Azamara Quest – Azamara Club Cruises (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Service

  • Diamond Princess – Princess Cruises (Large)
  • Maasdam – Holland America Line (Mid-Size)
  • Le Boreal – Ponant (Small)

Best Cruise Ship Shore Excursions

  • Explorer of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International (Large)
  • Pacific Aria – P&O Australia (Mid-Size)
  • Le Boreal – Ponant (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Value

  • Explorer of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International (Large)
  • Queen Victoria – Cunard Line (Mid-Size)
  • Le Boreal – Ponant (Small)

Best Cruise for Families

  • Pacific Aria– P&O Australia

Best Cruise for First-Timers

  • Sapphire Princess – Princess Cruises

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