(5 a.m. EST) — Disney Cruise Line continues to be tops among Cruise Critic readers, with 11 first-place awards, including «Best Overall» for Disney Dream in the Large Ship category.
Holland America Maasdam received the «Best Overall» counterpart in the Mid-Size Ship category, and Celebrity Xpedition, which sails solely in the Galapagos Islands, took first place in the Small Ship category.
Held for the sixth consecutive year, the Annual Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards are based solely on the ratings of everyday cruisers who post ship reviews on Cruise Critic. The reviews were submitted for cruises taken during 2015 and are awarded in three categories: Large (2,000 plus passengers); Mid-Size (1,200 to 1,999 passengers) and Small (1,199 or fewer).
It’s the fourth year in a row that a Disney ship has received the top award in its category and the second for Disney Dream. The ship also won «Best for Families,» «Best Cabins,» «Best Service,» «Best Entertainment» and «Best Public Rooms» among the large ships. Fleetmate Disney Fantasy won «Best Dining,» «Best Embarkation,» and «Best Fitness & Recreation» among large ships, while Disney Wonder took «Best Service» and «Best Entertainment» in the Mid-Size division.
Notable awards included Viking Star, a new ship launched in 2015 by new cruise line Viking Ocean Cruises. The ship won «Best for First Timers,» «Best Cabins» and «Best Public Rooms,» in the Small Ship category.
Oceania Cruises won «Best Dining» for the fifth year, with Marina taking the nod in the Mid-Size category. Fleetmate Riviera won «Best Cabins,» «Best Fitness & Recreation» and «Best Public Rooms.»
Several different lines took the award for «Best Value» in their categories. Carnival Freedom won in the Large Ship category, while Holland America’s Maasdam received the honor in the Mid-Size department. Island Windjammers’ Sagitta, a ship that carries just 24 passengers, won in the Small Ship division.
A full list of 2016 winners is available on Cruise Critic.