Travellers’ Favourite Cruise Destinations Revealed by Cruise Critic
World’s largest cruise review site announces the highest ranked destinations of the year, based on passenger feedback
Cruise Critic, the world’s leading cruise review site and online cruise community, has announced the winners of the inaugural Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards. The awards name the best cruise destinations of the year – across 15 regions around the world – based entirely on reviews posted to the Cruise Critic website.
“A cruise isn’t just about the ship – picking the right itinerary is imperative,” explains Adam Coulter, UK editor, Cruise Critic. “Cruises enable travellers to explore a number of amazing destinations, offering culture, beauty and history. With such a variety of unique destinations to choose from, these awards aim to highlight, and celebrate, those rated highly by travellers to offer inspiration and guidance to cruise planners.”
Popular ports include the Caribbean’s St. Maarten, which receives visits from lines including P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises, and Alaska’s Glacier Bay which is visited by a number of cruise lines including Norwegian Cruise Line and Holland America Line. I visited St Maarten in February and it is beautiful and I cant wait to return as part of my next P&O cruise in Oct this year as I want to go to the beach where the airplanes fly so low you can nearly touch them.
For the British Isles and Western Europe awards, Amsterdam, which sees calls from the likes of Regent Seven Seas and Azamara Club Cruises was rated top, while Cork’s Cobh and Glasgow’s Greenock ranked second and third respectively.
Brits love the Baltics, I had a great time when I went on a 12 night Baltic cruise earlier this year with Cruise and Maritime. UK travellers rated Baltic destinations in their top three, with Stockholm first, followed by Tallinn and Copenhagen. I can understand why Stockholm has come out top after spending 1 week there as part of TBEX in July there is so much to see and do that I need to go back to see what I missed.
Below is a lost of other tops places, out of the 15 listed I have visited 6, so I must add the others to my list of places to visit.
First Place Cruise Destinations:
Top-Rated British Isles and Western Europe Port: Amsterdam
Top-Rated Alaska Port: Glacier Bay
Top-Rated Asia & South Pacific Port: Mystery Island
Top-Rated Australia & New Zealand Port: Sydney
Top-Rated Private Islands Port: Castaway Cay
Top-Rated Baltic & Scandinavia Port: St. Petersburg
Top-Rated Eastern Caribbean; Bahamas & Bermuda Port: St. Maarten
Top-Rated Southern Caribbean Port: Bonaire
Top-Rated Western Caribbean & Riviera Maya Port: Cozumel
Top-Rated Eastern Mediterranean Port: Venice
Top Rated European River Port: Paris
Top Rated Western Mediterranean Port: Barcelona
Top-Rated Hawaii Port: Kauai
Top-Rated Mexican Riviera & South America Port: Puerto Vallarta
Top-Rated US & Canada Port: San Francisco
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