Now if you are an avid cruiser then you’ve probably head of Cruise Critic, the cruise review powerhouse! Well, the site has now released the most popular cruise ships in the world according to readers in this years “Cruise Critic Cruisers Choice Awards” which is now in its 8th year.

The 8th annual Cruise Critic Cruisers Choice Awards is based upon consumer reviews over the past 12 months. There is no better place online when it comes to reviews and ratings of just about every single cruise ship across all markets. The site features 350,000 reviews online.

Colleen McDaniel, Senior Executive Editor of Cruise Critic, explains:

“What’s fun to see in this year’s list of winners is the wide range of ships awarded as the best of the best.”

“You have two of the largest ships at sea, alongside luxury yachts and small expedition ships that sail to some of the most far-flung destinations across the globe. As different as these ships are, the common thread is the exceptional ratings they received from actual guests. Whether you’re looking for a mega ship or a more intimate vessel, a port-heavy itinerary or laid-back beach escape, this list is a fantastic resource to guide to you to a ship perfectly suited to your needs.”

The High Ranking Cruise Ships

There are so many cruise ships out there and it wouldn’t be fair to rank a large ship with a smaller luxury vessel as the target cruiser would be totally different. The site divided ships into four different classes including large ship, mid-size ship, small-mid ship and small ship.

For the Large ship class Celebrity Cruises dominated along with wins by Royal Caribbean. Celebrity Equinox came out on top in four different categories including Best Overall, Best Dining, Best Public Rooms and Best Service. Celebrity Silhouette also received the best review ratings when it came to the Best for Value category.

Royal Caribbean which is well known for its mega-large cruise ships came in second place for the large ship class. Harmony of the Seas which is an Oasis-class ship for the cruise line and currently the largest cruise ship int he world won Best Cabins, Best Embarkation and Best for Fitness & Recreation categories. It is also important to note that the Royal Caribbean cruise ship will soon pass on its biggest cruise ship in the world crown to sister ship Symphony of the Seas at the end of March 2018.

Take a look at the full list of winners below where cruise ships won by review ratings submitted by Cruise Critic members.

Best Cruise Overall
Celebrity Equinox (Large) – Celebrity Cruises
Riviera (Mid-Sized) – Oceania Cruises
Viking Sea (Small-Mid) – Viking Ocean Cruises
Silver Galapagos (Small) – Silversea Cruises

Best Cruise Ship Cabins
Harmony of the Seas (Large) – Royal Caribbean International
Riviera (Mid-Sized) – Oceania Cruises
Viking Sea (Small-Mid) – Viking Ocean Cruises
Star Pride (Small) – Windstar Cruises

Best Cruise Ships for Dining
Celebrity Equinox (Large) – Celebrity Cruises
Riviera (Mid-Sized) – Oceania Cruises
Viking Star (Small-Mid) – Viking Ocean Cruises
National Geographic Explorer (Small) – Lindblad Expeditions

Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Harmony of the Seas (Large) – Royal Caribbean International
Amsterdam (Mid-Sized) – Holland America Line
Pacific Princess (Small-Mid) – Princess Cruises
Celebrity Xpedition (Small) – Celebrity Cruises

Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment
Allure of the Seas (Large) – Royal Caribbean International
Disney Wonder (Mid-Sized) – Disney Cruise Line
Viking Sky (Small-Mid) – Viking Ocean Cruises
L’Austral (Small) – Ponant

Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation
Harmony of the Seas (Large) – Royal Caribbean International
Riviera (Mid-Sized) – Oceania Cruises
Viking Sea (Small-Mid) – Viking Ocean Cruises
Wind Spirit (Small) – Windstar Cruises

Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms
Celebrity Equinox (Large) – Celebrity Cruises
Riviera (Mid-Sized) – Oceania Cruises
Viking Sky (Small-Mid) – Viking Ocean Cruises
Star Legend (Small) – Windstar Cruises

Best Cruise Ships for Service
Celebrity Equinox (Large) – Celebrity Cruises
Amsterdam (Mid-Sized) – Holland America Line
Viking Star (Small-Mid) – Viking Ocean Cruises
Wind Star (Small) – Windstar Cruises

Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions
Carnival Breeze (Large) – Carnival Cruise Line
Celestyal Crystal (Mid-Sized) – Celestyal Cruises
Viking Sea (Small-Mid) – Viking Ocean Cruises
Silver Galapagos (Small) – Silversea Cruises

Best Cruise Ships for Value
Celebrity Silhouette (Large) – Celebrity Cruises
Celestyal Crystal (Mid-Sized) – Celestyal Cruises
Viking Sea (Small-Mid) – Viking Ocean Cruises
Silver Galapagos (Small) – Silversea Cruises

Best Cruises for Families
Carnival Breeze – Carnival Cruise Line

Best for First Timers
Viking Sea – Viking Ocean Cruises

In other ship class sizes, Three Viking cruise ships came out on top in different categories and the luxury cruise line dominated the small-mid ship category. Oceania Cruises and Celestyal Cruises had ships in the mid-ship category receive the highest ranking reviews. Windstar Cruises and Silversea Cruises had ships winning in the small-ship category.

In December 2017 we announced the winners of the Cruise Ship Awards but in that case, readers actually voted within many categories over many months.

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