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Cruise Critic Announces Winners of Destination Awards

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Janeen Christoff | September 15, 2016

Cruise Critic Announces Winners of Destination Awards

PHOTO: St. Petersburg, Russia, was one of the most popular destinations for cruisers. (Photo courtesy Thinkstock) 

Cruise Critic held its first ever Cruisers' Choice Destination Awards and has named the top cruise destinations in the world, based on consumer ratings. The awards included 15 regions around the world. 

The importance of these awards was highlighted by a recent Cruise Critic survey that found that selecting a cruise destination was one of the most important parts of the planning process. 

"Cruising offers the unique opportunity to sample a number of destinations at once," said Colleen McDaniel, senior executive editor of Cruise Critic. "Because of that, it's important to carefully select your itinerary so that you're able to make the most of your time in port. With so many available options, this list of destinations personally recommended by cruisers themselves provides invaluable insight into the cruise destinations across the world to help cruisers choose the best options."

St. Petersburg, Russia, was chosen as the top cruise destination. Cruisers were particularly enamored with the city's art, history and architecture, reports Cruise Critic. 

River cruise port cities had their own category and Paris ranked number one among river cruisers as the best destination. 

  READ MORE: St. Petersburg Wins Best Destination at World Travel Awards  

Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Cay ranked highest among cruise line private islands. San Francisco was the top destination in the U.S. and Canada category. Bonaire was the highest-rated Southern Caribbean island and St. Maarten was the top Eastern Caribbean Island. The highest rated Western Caribbean destination was Cozumel, Mexico. 

Here is a full list of first-place winners:

Top-Rated Alaska Port: Glacier Bay
Top-Rated Asia & South Pacific Port: Mystery Island
Top-Rated Australia & New Zealand Port: Sydney
Top-Rated Baltic & Scandinavia Port: St. Petersburg
Top-Rated Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda Port: St. Maarten
Top-Rated Southern Caribbean Port: Bonaire
Top-Rated Western Caribbean & Riviera Maya Port: Cozumel
Top-Rated British Isles & Western Europe Port: Amsterdam
Top-Rated Eastern Mediterranean Port: Venice
Top-Rated European River Port: Paris
Top-Rated Western Mediterranean Port: Barcelona
Top-Rated Hawaii Port: Kauai
Top-Rated Mexican Riviera & South America Port: Puerto Vallarta
Top-Rated U.S. & Canada Port: San Francisco
Top-Rated Cruise Line Private Island: Castaway Cay


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