The fight to take out the title of best cruise line in this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards is heating up, with over 300 Cruise Passenger readers submitting their votes in less than two weeks.
Cruisers are definitely keen to ensure their favourite cruise lines win.
This year, we have expanded our range of awards with 12 categories, including new awards for the best in food, wellness and activities.
And while there’s still time before voting closes – last entries are required by November 7 – we thought we’d give you an idea of how your favourite cruise line is faring.
When it comes to the Best Cruise Lines Overall and Best Mid-Range Cruise Line, P&O is ahead of the rest. Its year-round presence has it sitting at number one. But competitor Royal Caribbean is only 20 votes behind in both categories, so there is still everything to play for.
The Green Thunder waterslide and an Australian exclusive beer has wooed Aussies and placed Carnival Cruise Lines in the top three in the two categories for the first time.
Silversea’s butler and white-glove service has wooed Australian cruisers. The line is currently leading the Best Luxury Cruise Line category. However, only a few votes behind is last year’s winner Seabourn, with Regent Seven Seas third.
It’s a tough fight for the title of ‘Best Premium Cruise Line’ with Princess Cruises currently in the number one spot. In second place by only three points are both Celebrity and Holland America. Cunard and Oceania are also tied in third.
Captain Cook Cruises Fiji is well ahead of the pack for ‘Best Adventure Cruise Line’, while Aurora sits comfortably in second place with almost 30 votes ahead of Silversea, Island Escape and Lindblad Expeditions.
In the Best River Cruise Line category, Cruise Passenger readers are showing a lot of love to Scenic Tours. The line is sitting over 25 votes ahead of APT and Evergreen, which is in third place.
A Japanese bathhouse and a Japanese sushi restaurant aboard Diamond Princess could be the reason cruisers are pushing for Princess Cruises to win the ‘Best for Wellness and Spa’ and the ‘Best for Food’ categories. The line is currently in first place, and is followed by Royal Caribbean and Celebrity in second and third for both.
Without entertainment a cruise would just be food and bingo. But P&O’s growing number of theme cruises has the line sitting ahead of the rest when it comes to entertainment and followed closely by Royal Caribbean. Princess Cruises sits in third place, while Disney takes out fourth.
Australian families are addicted to both P&O and Disney, with the two tied in first place in the ‘Best for Families’ group. Carnival and Royal Caribbean are close behind in third and fourth spots.
Nobody does onboard activities quite like Royal Caribbean and cruisers know it. The line is sitting at number for ‘Best for Activities’, and is followed by P&O in second and Princess in third.
Voting is open until 7 November 2014.
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