(10:30 a.m. GMT) — Norwegian Cruise Line has scooped an astonishing eight awards in this years’ Cruisers’ Choice Awards — including four in the Large Ship category.
Norwegian Spirit took four, including Best Overall, while Norwegian Escape, which launched in 2015, won Best Entertainment. The line’s three Mid-Size Ship awards all went to Norwegian Sun, including Best Entertainment. These successes follow Norwegian Cruise Line’s recent announcement that from 2017, for the first time in seven years, the UK will receive a dedicated ship sailing from Southampton.
The UK Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards are based on reviews submitted by UK-based cruisers for cruises taken during 2015. They are awarded in three ship classes, according to passenger capacity – small (1,199 passengers or fewer), mid-sized (1,200 to 1,999) and large (2,000+). The top 5 ships in each class are named in the following categories: Overall, Cabins, Dining, Embarkation, Entertainment, Fitness, Public Rooms, Service, Shore Excursions and Value-for-Money.
Oceania’s Riviera created big waves amongst UK cruisers, not only holding onto its five Mid-Size Ship class wins from 2015, including Best Overall, but also added a sixth award for Best Dining. MSC Cruises’ MSC Lirica was highlighted as being the Best Value Mid-Size Ship.
In the Small Ship category, Regent’s Seven Seas Voyager was named Best Overall and also awarded Best Embarkation and Best Shore Excursions. Viking Ocean Cruises, which launched in 2015, has already made a significant splash with first ship Viking Star, which won seven accolades including Best Dining and Best Service.
A new award for 2016, Best for First-Timers, went to P&O Cruises’ Arcadia, which offers a variety of itineraries including destinations such as San Francisco, Auckland, Hong Kong, and Cape Town as part of a new world cruise offering in 2016.
A full list of 2016 winners is available on Cruise Critic UK.