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Winners of 2017 Cruisers' Choice Awards Announced

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship Donald Wood February 15, 2017

Winners of 2017 Cruisers' Choice Awards Announced

PHOTO: Holland America Line’s Eurodam ship. (Photo by Jason Leppert)

On Wednesday, cruise review website Cruise Critic announced the winners of the 2017 Cruisers' Choice Awards.

The 2017 Cruisers' Choice Awards were determined based on ratings and reviews collected during a 12-month period. The seventh annual awards handed out prizes for four ship size classes based on passenger capacity, including Large: 2,000 or more passengers; Mid-Size: 1,200 to 1,999 passengers; Small-Mid Size: 400 to 1,199 passengers; and Small: fewer than 400 passengers.

One of the biggest winners was Viking Ocean Cruises, which finished first in 10 categories, including the Viking Sea ship winning Best Overall Small-Mid Size ship, Best Service, Best Entertainment, Best for Fitness, Best Public Rooms and Best Shore Excursion. The Viking Sea’s sister ship won Best Value, Best Dining, Best Cabins and Best for First-Timers.

Disney Cruise Line was also a major winner in the 2017 Cruisers' Choice Awards, including taking home the top prize for Best Overall Large Ship for Disney Dream for the third consecutive year. Disney Dream also won Best Cabins, Best Service, Best Public Rooms and Best Shore Excursions. The Disney Magic cruise ship won two top honors.

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In the Small Ship category, the Celebrity Cruise Line's Galapagos-based ship, Celebrity Xpedition, brought home six top awards, including Best Overall, Best Value and Best Shore Excursions.

“With these awards we consolidate the thousands of reviews submitted to Cruise Critic each year and honor those lines that received the best ratings from cruisers,” Cruise Critic senior executive editor Colleen McDaniel said in a statement. “Reviews offer incredibly helpful insights for those planning a cruise but also highlight the remarkable experiences and levels of service that people encounter every day on a cruise. We're thankful to everyone who added their voice to these awards by taking the time to write a review.”

Here is a list of first-place winners, via Cruise Critic:

Best Cruise Overall

Disney Dream (Large) – Disney Cruise Line

Disney Magic (Mid-Size) – Disney Cruise Line

Viking Sea (Small-Mid) – Viking Ocean Cruises

Celebrity Xpedition (Small) – Celebrity Cruises

Best Cruise Ship Cabins

Disney Dream (Large) – Disney Cruise Line

Marina (Mid-Size) – Oceania Cruises

Viking Star (Small-Mid) – Viking Ocean Cruises

Star Legend (Small) – Windstar Cruises

Best Cruise Ships for Dining

Celebrity Reflection (Large) – Celebrity Cruises

Marina (Mid-Size) – Oceania Cruises

Viking Star (Small-Mid) – Viking Ocean Cruises

Wind Surf (Small) – Windstar Cruises

Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Celebrity Reflection (Large) – Celebrity Cruises

Celestyal Crystal (Mid-Size) – Celestyal Cruises

Pacific Princess (Small-Mid) – Princess Cruises

Celebrity Xpedition (Small) – Celebrity Cruises

Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Allure of the Seas (Large) – Royal Caribbean International          

Celestyal Crystal (Mid-Size) – Celestyal Cruises                                

Viking Sea (Small-Mid) – Viking Ocean Cruises

Silver Shadow (Small) – Silversea Cruises

Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

Disney Fantasy (Large) – Disney Cruise Line                                     

Marina (Mid-Size) – Oceania Cruises

Viking Sea (Small-Mid) – Viking Ocean Cruises

Celebrity Xpedition (Small) – Celebrity Cruises

Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Disney Dream (Large) – Disney Cruise Line

Marina (Mid-Size) – Oceania Cruises

Viking Sea (Small-Mid) – Viking Ocean Cruises

Celebrity Xpedition (Small) – Celebrity Cruises

Best Cruise Ships for Service

Disney Dream (Large) – Disney Cruise Line

Marina (Mid-Size) – Oceania Cruises

Viking Sea (Small-Mid) – Viking Ocean Cruises

Paul Gauguin (Small) – Paul Gauguin Cruises

Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Disney Dream (Large) – Disney Cruise Line

Celestyal Crystal (Mid-Size) – Celestyal Cruises

Viking Sea (Small-Mid) – Viking Ocean Cruises

Celebrity Xpedition (Small) – Celebrity Cruises

Best Cruise Ships for Value  

Norwegian Sky (Large) – Norwegian Cruise Line

Celestyal Crystal (Mid-Size) – Celestyal Cruises

Viking Star (Small Mid) – Viking Ocean Cruises

Celebrity Xpedition (Small) – Celebrity Cruises

Best Cruises for Families

Disney Magic – Disney Cruise Line

Best for First Timers

Viking Star – Viking Ocean Cruises

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