These cruise ships were just named the best of 2019

Dec 5 2019, 10:03 pm

For the 12th year, Cruise Critic, the most popular online cruise review and community site, released its Editors’ Pick Awards identifying¬†the best cruise ships in 2019.

“The Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards are chosen by Cruise Critic’s international team of editors based on the lines and ships they feel best represent excellence in each of the designated categories,”¬†says the company website.


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The editors for Cruise Critic determine winners in three categories: ocean cruises, luxury cruises — all on ocean ships — and river cruises.

Viking Cruises maintained its number-one position for the third year in a row, with five wins. The famous cruise line claimed the titles for Best spa, Best enrichment, and Best value.


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Royal Caribbean International, AmaWaterways, and Crystal Cruises were locked in a tie for second place, with each winning three awards.

The Norwegian Encore took home the prize of Best New Ship. Cruise Critic Editors claimed that the ship has “perfected the blueprint by taking everything cruisers love and amping it up.”


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Perhaps unsurprisingly,¬†Adventures by Disney was voted Best for Families. The editors appreciated that the cruise considered the needs of children as well as parents’ time off — grown-ups matter too!

Best River Cruise Line and Best New River Ship both went to AmaWaterways. The AmaMagna was the “most-anticipated river ship of 2019” and rightly received the coveted Best of the Year for being a “game-changer” as it is double the width of most river cruise ships.


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If you are planning a relaxing cruise vacation in the future, you can find a full list of the Editor’s Picks in every category on Cruise Critic’s website.

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