The best cruise industry developments in 2011
The well-known cruise, ports and cruise ship portal cruisecritic.com summed up the 2011 year naming the best of the best in dozens of nominations of its annual award Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards.
American cruise industry continues to define the fashion of the modern voyage market. It is evidenced by a number of awards that professionals of the portal given to the U.S. liners and ports.
In the "Best new liner" nomination was awarded the new Disney Dream ship, which also received awards for the best standard cabin and best inner cabin.
In the nomination "Price-quality" the prize went to the second largest cruise operator Peace Carnival Cruise Lines. Carnival also received the award for the best cruise bar. High appreciation earned the concept of bars on board of the Red Frog Pub ships.
The prize for the Best family cruises this year won the Royal Caribbean.
Celebrity Cruises has once again confirmed its reputation as a cruise operator with one of the best ship restaurants in the world. Cruise critics awarded Celebrity Cruises with prize for the Best lunch, the Best alternative restaurant, the Best wine connoisseur cruise and the Best Wellness Cruise.
2011 was the year of return New Orleans into the list of the best ports. The portal cruisecritic.com called New Orleans the Best U.S. cruise port.
Here is the full list of nominations and winners:
The best new liner - Disney Cruise Line - Disney Dream
The best new river liner - Uniworld Boutique River Cruises - River Antoinette
The best luxury cruise - Seabourn Cruise Line
The best cruise for beginners - Princess Cruises
The best family cruise - Royal Caribbean
The best routes - Azamara
The best adventure cruise - Lindblad
The best river cruise operator - Viking River Cruises
The best cruise by price and quality - Carnival Cruise Lines
The best lunch on board - Celebrity Cruises
The best alternative restaurant - Celebrity Cruises - Qsine Restaurant
The best Buffet - Norwegian Cruise Line
The best cruise entertainment - Royal Caribbean - Allure and Oasis
The best wellness cruise - Celebrity Cruises
The best spa cruise - Seabourn - Sojourn and Quest
The best individual cruise - Norwegian Cruise Line
The best suite cabins - Oceania Marina
The best inner cabin - Disney Cruise Line - Disney Dream
The best standard cabin - Disney Cruise Line
The best shore excursion - Holland America
The best educational cruise - Crystal Cruises
The best honeymoon cruise - Princess Cruises
The best wine connoisseur cruise - Celebrity Cruises - Solstice-Class Ships
The best cruise bar - Carnival Cruise Lines - Red Frog Pub
The best US cruise port - New Orleans
Riviera will start its first Caribbean cruise in Miami
Riviera, which is the newest ship of the Oceania Cruises company, will depart for the first winter cruise from Miami on November 29, 2012.
More cruises in Northern Europe
It is expected that 2012 will be one of the most successful season in the modern history of the cruise traveling for the Northern Europe region. The European Cruise Council (ECC) has estimated that the number of passengers in the current season will increase by 16% compared with 2011 and reach 1 million 490 thousand people.
Norwegian: free cruises for children
Norwegian Cruise Line, the third-largest cruise company in the world, announced a special offer â€“ â€śKids Sail Freeâ€ť. As part of the offer potential customers will be able to book on favorable terms cabins on the cruise ships for themselves and their children â€“ the third and fourth beds in the cabin for the children under 17 years can be booked for free.