For almost a decade, Cruise Passenger Readers’ Choice Awards have provided vital feedback to the Australian cruise industry.

Today, with more choice than ever, the need from genuine reviews of experience, service and satisfaction has never been more important.

Cruise Passenger, Australia’s only cruise magazine with a 15-year history of reporting on the industry, receives thousands of reviews and comments from its 56,000 readers every year.

The Cruise Passenger Readers’ Choice Awards are the culmination of all of that feedback.

The awards are among the world’s most comprehensive, covering everything from ships to ports, from luxury to adventure.

Enclosed are the results of the 2013 awards.

Though many of Australia’s old favourites still rank highly, this year has seen a number of new winners – Seabourn and Cunard.

And, after a very tight race between P&O and Royal Caribbean, echoing their epic battle for dominance on the seas, P&O took out Best Mid-Range Cruise Line (Royal Caribbean was number two) while Radiance of the Seas won Best Mid-Range Cruise Ship (P&O’s Pacific Dawn was second).

Other duels included Best Luxury Cruise Ship, where Seabourn and Silversea battled it out, and in adventure, where Silversea and Orion locked horns.

Australia’s Scenic Tours took out Best River Cruise Line while APT’s AmaBella won Best River Cruise Ship.

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Best Luxury Cruise Line

WINNER: Seabourn Cruise Line

SECOND: Silversea Cruises
THIRD: Crystal Cruises

Best Luxury Cruise Ship

WINNER: Seabourn Pride

SECOND: Seabourn Sojourn
THIRD: Silver Shadow

Best Premium Cruise Line

WINNER: Cunard Line

SECOND: Princess Cruises
THIRD: Celebrity Cruises

Best Premium Cruise Ship

WINNER: Queen Mary 2

SECOND: Azamara Quest
THIRD: Celebrity Solstice

Best Mid-Range Cruise Line

WINNER: P&O Cruises

SECOND: Royal Caribbean
THIRD: Norwegian Cruise Line

Best Mid-Range Cruise Ship

WINNER: Radiance of the Seas

SECOND: Pacific Dawn
THIRD: Pacific Jewel

Best Soft Adventure Cruise Line

WINNER: Captain Cook Cruises Fiji

SECOND: True North
THIRD: Windstar

Best Soft Adventure Cruise Ship

WINNER: Reef Endeavor

SECOND: True North
THIRD: Murray River Princess Queen

Best Expedition Cruise Line


SECOND: Silversea
THIRD: Aurora

Best Expedition Cruise Ship

WINNER: Silver Explorer

THIRD: Silver Spirit

Best River Cruise Line

WINNER: Scenic

THIRD: Avalon

Best River Cruise Ship


SECOND: SS Antoinette
THIRD: Avalon Panorama

Best Cruise Region

WINNER: Mediterranean

SECOND: Alaska
THIRD: Baltic/Northern Europe/UK

Best Cruise Port

WINNER: Sydney

SECOND: Venice
THIRD: Hong Kong

Best Individual Travel Agency

WINNER: Bicton Travel

SECOND: World Travel Professionals
THIRD: Seniors Holiday Travel

Best Group Travel Agency

WINNER: Flight Centre

SECOND: Harvey World Travel
THIRD: Cruiseabout