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World's Best Cruise Ships Named in 2013 Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards

World's Best Cruise Ships Named in 2013 Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards

Disney Cruise Line's Newest Ship, Disney Fantasy, Sweeps the Boards

PR Newswire

PENNINGTON, N.J., Feb. 27, 2013

PENNINGTON, N.J., Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Cruise Critic®
(http://www.cruisecritic.com), the leading cruise reviews site and largest
online cruise community, has released its 2013 Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice
Awards -- the cruise awards based entirely on reviews submitted by cruisers.

Disney Cruise Line's newest ship, Disney Fantasy, swept the boards in the
large ship class, taking five top places including best in class. Disney
Fantasy, which debuted in March 2012, was named Best Large Ship, and took
first place in five other categories: Best Cabins, Best Entertainment, Best
Public Rooms, and Best Service. Its sister ship, Disney Dream, won Best Shore
Excursions.

Holland America's Noordam ship was named Best Mid-Sized Ship, and Azamara
Quest won Best Small Ship -- along with Best for Fitness and Best Service in
the Small Ship category.

The Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards are based on reviews submitted by
cruisers for cruises taken during 2012. They are awarded in three ship
classes, according to passenger capacity – small (1,199 passengers or fewer),
mid-sized (1,200 to 1,999) and large (2,000+). The top 10 ships in each class
are named in the following categories: Overall, Cabins, Dining, Embarkation,
Entertainment, Fitness, Public Rooms, Service, Shore Excursions and Value for
Money. Awards are also given to the top-ranked ships in popular cruise
regions; Alaska, Bahamas, Caribbean and the Mediterranean. This year's
winners include:

  Best Large Ships
  Disney Fantasy: Best Overall Large Ship, Best Cabins, Best Entertainment,
  Best Public Rooms, Best Service
  Disney Dream: Best Shore Excursions
  Celebrity Reflection: Best Dining
  Allure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean): Best for Fitness, Best for Embarkation
  Celebrity Eclipse: Best Value for Money

  Best Mid-Sized Ships
  Noordam (Holland America): Best Overall Mid-Sized Ship
  Marina (Oceania): Best Cabins, Best Dining, Best Public Rooms
  Thomson Dream: Best Entertainment, Best Service
  Westerdam (Holland America): Best for Fitness, Best Shore Excursions
  Norwegian Spirit: Best Value for Money
  Celebrity Summit: Best for Embarkation

  Best Small Ships
  Azamara Quest: Best Overall Small Ship, Best for Fitness, Best for Service
  Azamara Journey: Best Value for Money
  Crystal Serenity: Best Dining, Best Entertainment
  Crystal Symphony: Best Public Rooms
  Seabourn Odyssey: Best Cabins
  Seven Seas Navigator (Regent): Best Shore Excursions
  Wind Surf (Windstar): Best for Embarkation

  Best for Families (all ship sizes) - Disney Fantasy

  Best Destination Cruises
  Best Cruise to Alaska: Volendam (Holland America)
  Best Cruise to the Bahamas: Disney Dream
  Best Cruise to the Caribbean: Disney Fantasy
  Best Cruise to the Mediterranean: Riviera (Oceania)
  Best from Florida: Disney Fantasy
  Best from the Northeast: Norwegian Star
  Best from the West Coast Westerdam (Holland America)

"These awards are based entirely on reviews submitted by cruisers, so offer a
terrific insight into what consumers think of the ships they have sailed on,"
explained Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic. "It's
interesting to note that eight out of 10 awards in the Large Ship category
went to ships launched within the past two years, so it seems that cruisers
are enthusiastic about many of the emerging trends in dining, entertainment
and onboard experiences."

Cruise Critic boasts the largest online cruise community in the world with
more than 100,000 cruise reviews, covering approximately 400 of the most
popular cruise ships. Awards are based on reviews and ratings submitted to the
site for cruises taken in 2012. Visit Cruise Critic for the complete list of
2013 Cruisers' Choice Awards winners.

About Cruise Critic
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for cruise travelers, from first-time cruisers to avid cruise enthusiasts. The
site features more than 100,000 cruise reviews and hosts the world's largest
online cruise community where travelers share experiences and opinions with
fellow cruisers. Cruise Critic was the first consumer cruise site on the
Internet, launched in October 1995 by The Independent Traveler, Inc., a
subsidiary of TripAdvisor, Inc.

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