Wow! We knew you loved to tell us about your cruise journeys, but this year’s Cruise Passenger Readers’ Choice Awards has received its biggest reaction ever.

Some 4,000 readers – a record in the 20 years that Cruise Passenger has been published – took the time to fill out our questionnaire rating lines for everything from food and service to activities.

More than a million Australians cruised this year – and we still hold the record for the highest penetration by population anywhere in the world.

What’s really impressive – and we’ve heard this time and again from visiting cruise line bosses – is the incredible engagement Australians have with their favourite ships.

That’s why these are the awards the industry looks out for. These views don’t come from peers – they are the genuine and constructive verdicts of you, the passengers their businesses depend on.

There is no bigger contribution you can make to help your fellow passengers get the best service on better ships than voting in the awards the industry takes note of.

So a big thank you from us – and the winners! – to all of you for taking part.

You will find Australia’s finest in ocean, adventure, river and small ships.

The results are a tribute to the men and women who work so hard to make our holidays great.

Here are the winners of this year’s awards:

Best Ocean Cruise Line Overall
Princess Cruises

Best Luxury Cruise Line

Best Premium Cruise Line
Princess Cruises

Best Mid-Range Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean

Best Adventure Cruise Line

Best Family Cruise Line
P&O Cruises

Best River Cruise Line Overall

Best Luxury River Cruise Line

Best For Food
Oceania Cruises

Best For Spa/Wellness
Princess Cruises

Best For Entertainment
Princess Cruises

Best For Activities
Royal Caribbean

Best Cruise Destination
South Pacific

Best Individual Agent
Bicton Travel WA


Want to continue to contribute all year round?

Rate Your Ship, our online review system, allows readers to send herograms and brickbats to cruising’s best and worst, at This continues to help our cruise industry improve.

Share your views, and we’ll select the best review of the month and send a bottle of French bubbles to the reviewer. Smooth sailing!