- 1 Your favorite strains of 2018
- 2 Greatest Cruise Line General
- 3 Greatest Luxurious Cruise Line
- 4 Greatest Premium Cruise Line
- 5 Greatest Modern Cruise Line
- 6 Greatest Household Cruise Line
- 7 Greatest Journey Cruise Line
- 8 Greatest River Cruise Line
- 9 Greatest Luxurious River Cruise Line
- 10 Greatest Cruise Line for Meals
- 11 Greatest Cruise Line for Leisure
- 12 Greatest for Cruise Line for Actions
- 13 Greatest for Cruise Line for Spa/Wellness
- 14 Greatest Australian Port
- 15 Greatest Cruise Journey Agent
Your favorite strains of 2018
Welcome to the awards that basically matter from the jury that counts: You, Australia’s burgeoning cruise group. Different awards use “peer teams” or business insiders. Cruise Passenger faucets into our personal common cruise travellers. Whereas there have been repeat winners, we have now additionally seen newcomers incomes nods on this yr’s awards. All of it makes fascinating prepared. Hold your feedback coming – cruise strains love to listen to your views.
As soon as once more, Princess Cruises got here out on prime, taking 4 classes together with Greatest Cruise Line General and Greatest Premium Cruise Line. APT, Australia’s oldest touring firm, additionally had a stellar yr, profitable Greatest River Cruise Line General, Greatest Luxurious River Cruise Line and Greatest Journey Cruise Line for the primary time, and big-ship line Superstar Cruises gained Greatest for Wellness for his or her Canyon Ranch spa.
Australia’s cruise business is rising at a speedy price, with 1.three million Aussies taking a cruise vacation yearly, and it’s going to continue to grow, with extra strains sending ships and extra regional ports opening up. These awards play a pivotal position in shaping how the cruise strains plan for the longer term – you’re the voice and your suggestions is a beneficial contribution to them.
So, from all of us right here at Cruise Passenger, thanks for participating in our Readers’ Selection Awards.
2018 Readers’ Selection Awards – Outcomes
Greatest Cruise Line General
Winner: Princess Cruises
What we are saying: It’s the third yr in a row that Princess Cruises has gained the Greatest Cruise Line award. Australians’ love affair with the road may be put right down to its nice service, incredible Broadway-style exhibits and scrumptious meals. The road additionally has fabulous spa amenities for relaxation and rest. The arrival of the road’s largest ship, Majestic Princess, in our waters is a testomony to our love for Princess, and subsequent yr, the road will launch the gorgeous Sky Princess and we’ll have the Ruby Princess heading our method.
What you say: “Our favorite cruise line is Princess. The employees are wonderful and the ships are all the time clear and properly introduced. Nevertheless it’s the employees that make the cruise. We’ve made good associates with each crew and the entertainers onboard.” Garry Hazell
What they are saying: “We’re excited to have been awarded Greatest Cruise Line General for the third yr in a row. We’re humbled by the continued help of Cruise Passenger readers – and we love understanding that once they cruise with us they arrive again with unbelievable reminiscences.” Princess Cruises Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific Business & Operations, Stuart Allison
Extremely Recommended: Royal Caribbean
It was a decent race between Princess Cruises and different Australian favorite Royal Caribbean, who sails the most important ship within the Southern Hemisphere, Ovation of the Seas. In addition to high-tech options like robotic bartenders and bumper automotive rings, the ship additionally has funky suites and delectable eating choices corresponding to Jamie’s Italian and Chops Steakhouse.
Greatest Luxurious Cruise Line
What we are saying: This yr, newcomer, French line Ponant, takes this class. Well-known for his or her expedition cruises, the road has simply launched its newest ship, Le Laperouse, which options an underwater lounge. Aboard all Ponant’s ships, you’ll discover five-star, white-glove service, French-trained cooks and superbly appointed suites with designer facilities. However it’s Ponant’s implausible itineraries which mark it because the chief in luxurious.
What you say: “Ponant transcend to offer impeccable service in addition to an incredible expertise. Numerous luxurious cruise strains have nice meals and wonderful cabins, however Ponant takes us to intrepid locations in type and class.” Alice Jean
What they are saying: “What an honour to be recognised by the well-travelled readers of Cruise Passenger! This can be a exhausting class as a result of there are as many definitions of luxurious as readers responding. For some it‘s about gourmand meals and wine, whereas others rank thread rely, toiletries or tableware. For us, the vacation spot and the expertise is the important thing to luxurious. Add consideration to element, intuitive service and classy amenities and you’ve got Ponant’s je ne sais quoi. We attempt for this always, and I thank the Cruise Passenger readers who generously acknowledge this.” Sarina Bratton AM, Chairman Asia Pacific, Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions
Extremely Recommended: Silversea
The Italian luxurious line, which was acquired by Royal Caribbean, needs to be given a notable point out. With personalised service and opulent suites, you’ll additionally get delicacies impressed by Relais & Chateaux, spacious lounges and intimate bars. The road might be launching a number of new ships within the coming years and shall be refurbishing its present fleet from the top of 2018 by way of to 2019.
Greatest Premium Cruise Line
Winner: Princess Cruises
What we are saying: Princess Cruises has as soon as once more taken the award. There’s a whole lot of competitors on the market, however our readers have voted and it’s Princess’ positive meals, spa amenities and repair which has put the road forward of the others. It gives worth for cash and an awesome vary of itineraries round Australia and New Zealand and, again by well-liked demand, sailings to South Africa.
What you say: “Out of all of the cruise strains we have now travelled on, we discovered that Princess Cruises was far superior to the opposite cruise line.” Kevin Haynes.
What they are saying: “To say we’re completely thrilled with the result’s an understatement. To have picked up Greatest Premium Cruise Line in 2018 – for the sixth yr operating! – is a testomony to our ethos Come Again New, which is supported by phenomenal onboard eating, wellness and leisure. We’re really honoured by the continued recognition of Cruise Passenger readers, and are wanting ahead to a stellar 2019. Princess Cruises may have a variety of highlights subsequent yr, together with the return of Majestic Princess, our latest Royal Class ship, to Australian waters over the 2019-20 summer time cruise season.” Princess Cruises Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific Business & Operations, Stuart Allison
Extremely Recommended: Movie star Cruises
Well-known for its Canyon Ranch spa choices and well being packages, intimate ships and advantageous eating, Movie star Cruises has taken the extremely recommended award. The arrival of the Movie star Edge means massive modifications for the road, with the ship introducing brand-new facilities.
Greatest Modern Cruise Line
Winner: P&O Cruises
What we are saying: Australian model P&O Cruises has revamped its ships to supply new public areas, enjoyable exhibits and delicacies from trendy Australian cooks like Johnny Di Francesco and Luke Mangan. P&O may have a brand new ship – Pacific Journey – heading our means, with a personal space referred to as the Byron Bay Seashore Membership. Pacific Explorer, the flagship of the fleet, has the superb comedy burlesque Love Riot present.
What you say: “Our journeys with P&O have all the time been nice – it’s exceptional what they’ve on their ships. Whilst adults, my husband and I couldn’t get sufficient of Edge in addition to the exhibits on Pacific Explorer!” Karen Corridor
What they are saying: “We’re extraordinarily proud that P&O Cruises Australia has been named Greatest Modern Cruise Line within the Cruise Passenger Awards for the third yr in a row. The previous 12 months have been extremely thrilling with the arrival of our flagship Pacific Explorer in July 2017, which marked the subsequent stage within the evolution of the P&O model. It’s an unimaginable achievement which displays the eagerness and onerous work of our workforce each on and offshore.” P&O Cruises Australia President Sture Myrmell
Extremely Recommended: Royal Caribbean
This was the closest contested class on this yr’s Readers’ Selection Awards, because of Royal Caribbean’s progressive onboard options corresponding to digital balcony cabins, the superb Aqua Theatre and household suite with a built-in slide. You’ll discover a variety of eateries, laser tag programs, zip strains throughout the Royal Promenade and even a trapeze faculty.
Greatest Household Cruise Line
Winner: P&O Cruises
What we are saying: Re-imagined and modified for the Australian market, P&O Cruises is that this yr’s Greatest Household Cruise Line. With ships crusing out of Sydney and Brisbane, and heading to a number of various locations, notably the South Pacific and round Australia, it’s no marvel P&O is so common with households. The road has unbelievable youngsters’ golf equipment for everybody from bubs to teenagers; onboard actions like waterslides, ziplining and trampolines; and interconnecting cabins simply good for households.
What you say: “It’s our favorite cruise line to journey with for all the household. However it’s not simply nice for the youngsters, we have now the grandparents include us as properly. Whereas we sit back, the youngsters can run amuck and be entertained for hours.” Dane Farrell
What they are saying: “At P&O Cruises Australia we delight ourselves on providing one thing for each Australian, from the younger to the younger at coronary heart. We’re honoured to be named the primary trendy household vacation vacation spot. With greater than 60 actions to select from day-after-day, together with the longest and wildest waterslides on an Australian cruise ship, the selection for households of all ages is infinite and this award goes to point out that.” P&O Cruises Australia President Sture Myrmell
Extremely Recommended: Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend have a particular place in our coronary heart because of their household oriented packages. The well-known Inexperienced Thunder waterslide, the steepest of its sort at sea, has thrilled visitors for years. And Carnival Cruise Line’s partnership with Dr Seuss means you possibly can have inexperienced eggs and ham for breakfast with the Cat within the Hat.
Greatest Journey Cruise Line
What we are saying: With its vary of immersive itineraries, APT has as soon as once more come out on prime because the Greatest Journey Cruise Line. The road, which is one in every of Australia’s oldest touring corporations, has a fleet of pretty small ships which accommodate round 100 passengers and can take you anyplace from the migratory plains of the Serengeti to the Australian outback. Plus, once you journey with APT, you’ll additionally have the ability to ebook unique pre- and post-cruise holidays to completely discover a few of the world’s most distant locations.
What you say: “APT’s journey itineraries are superb. We’ve solely travelled to the Kimberley and my household and I had an exquisite time. We felt like actual explorers wandering via the outback. It was like no different vacation we’ve ever been on earlier than.” Nancy Sawyer
What they are saying: “What an honour to win Greatest Journey Cruise Line 4 years in a row! From the Kimberley to Antarctica, APT journey cruises proceed to supply
unique experiences and standout service. An enormous thanks to all of the Cruise Passenger readers who proceed to help APT yr on yr.” Deb Fox ATG, Chief Business Officer
Extremely Recommended: Captain Prepare dinner Cruises
Captain Prepare dinner Cruises are one in every of our favorite intrepid cruise strains for sailings across the South Pacific. They’re one of many few cruise strains that take you to distant elements of the islands for diving in addition to snorkelling. That is the third yr in a row Captain Prepare dinner Cruises has been recognised for his or her implausible itineraries to the guts of Fiji.
Greatest River Cruise Line
What we are saying: As soon as once more, APT has taken out the award for the Greatest River Cruise Line general. The road takes you to lots of of locations all through Europe, Asia and Africa. Discover the Seine on an AmaWaterways ship whereas letting unfastened your inside Picasso on an artwork cruise. Sail the Yangtze River in China visiting breathtaking websites just like the Three Gorges. Prepare dinner with superstar cooks like Luke Nguyen on a cruise in Asia. Take a Botanica cruise and see the landscapes that impressed Monet’s water lilies. The choices are virtually limitless, plus APT’s cruises are all inclusive and friends are handled to unique shore excursions.
What you say: “I’ve been on an APT river cruise… and it was completely pretty.” Pam McNaught
What they are saying: “Thanks to everybody who voted for APT for the General Greatest River Cruising firm. With so many prestigious corporations within the class it’s a actual honour to be the stand out selection for Cruise Passenger readers.” Deb Fox ATG, Chief Business Officer
Extremely Recommended: Avalon Waterways
This Australian river cruise line explores totally different estuaries around the globe. Avalon Waterways will take you to France, Germany, Russia, Cambodia and Vietnam, they usually’ll take you there in fashion. They provide nice service, incredible meals and distinctive shore excursions.
Greatest Luxurious River Cruise Line
What we are saying: With its all-inclusive cruises and bespoke shore excursions, it’s no marvel APT has taken out the award for Greatest Luxurious River Cruise Line. The road additionally often provides free flights with their cruises, and has itineraries on European waterways, the Yangtze River in China and the mighty Mekong River. APT additionally has cruises with movie star chef Luke Nguyen, who will take you into the markets in Vietnam and host cooking courses onboard.
What you say: “We’ve travelled with APT a number of occasions on quite a few itineraries and we’ve all the time discovered their cruises extraordinarily properly thought out.
We felt extremely pampered.” Kylie Everton
What they are saying: “We’re so proud and grateful to be voted Greatest Luxurious River Cruise line. With over 90 years’ expertise, APT proceed to supply life-enriching luxurious journey, making certain each journey is unforgettable. To have this recognised by Cruise Passenger readers is extraordinarily rewarding for the entire APT workforce. Thanks to everybody who took the time to vote.” Deb Fox ATG, Chief Business Officer
Extremely Recommended: Crystal River Cruises
A relative newcomer to the river cruise scene, Crystal River Cruises’ superbly plush ships and particular shore excursions (you possibly can go velocity boating down the Danube like James Bond) earn it a notable point out in our awards. There are 5 ships within the fleet crusing on the Rhine, Major and Danube Rivers, on which every suite is appointed a butler and the whole lot is included.
Greatest Cruise Line for Meals
Winner: Princess Cruises
What we are saying: With the arrival of Majestic Princess and eating places from two Michelin starred cooks, Princess Cruises has gained the Greatest for Meals class for the primary time. Majestic Princess has French bistro, La Mer, by adorned chef Emmanuel Renaut, and well-known Hong Kong chef Richard Chen has created eatery Concord. Basic favourites like Crown Grill can be discovered throughout the fleet for one of the best lobster and steaks at sea, and also you’ll all the time discover good espresso on a Princess ship.
What you say: “My spouse has a dietary drawback and Princess Cruises was far superior and useful when catering for her coeliac illness. They might not have been extra accommodating.” Kevin Haynes
What they are saying: “We’re thrilled to win Cruise Passenger’s Greatest for Meals award this yr for the second time. The accomplishment is a testomony to our phenomenal restaurant partnerships and gifted crew. Throughout the fleet, visitors have entry to 14 food and drinks choices. Princess’ latest ship Majestic Princess provides on-demand Michelin-star eating and three ships in our fleet additionally supply the world-class delicacies of award-winning chef and restaurateur Curtis Stone. And we will’t overlook our visitor favorite, the award-winning Crown Grill steakhouse.” Princess Cruises Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific Business & Operations, Stuart Allison
Extremely Recommended: Oceania Cruises
Luxurious cruise line Oceania Cruises, well-known for its partnership with French Michelin-starred chef Jacques Pepin, will get an honourable point out for its cruises devoted to meals and cooking. Cooks will take you out on particular shore excursions to purchase native produce, then train you the right way to prepare dinner with it.
Greatest Cruise Line for Leisure
Winner: Princess Cruises
What we are saying: Friends on Princess Cruises ships are handled to Broadway director and producer Stephen Schwartz’s bespoke present Magic To Do; a mixture of a few of his hit exhibits together with Godspell, Pipin and Depraved. All ships function The Voice of the Ocean, an at-sea model of the hit TV present The Voice, and friends are entertained by reside bands, comedians and magicians. That is the third yr in a row Princess has gained this class.
What you say: “From our experiences, I can’t go previous Princess Cruises. Their stage performances, Encore and Bravo, have to be seen. I’m not a classical/opera sort of individual, however these exhibits might change my thoughts.” Gary Hazell
What they are saying: “To be awarded Greatest for Leisure for the fourth yr in a row is unbelievable. We’ve added nice new leisure choices this yr, together with Implausible Journey, the multifaceted stage manufacturing produced solely for Majestic Princess that’s the most technologically superior present at sea. Friends additionally proceed to take pleasure in our Discovery and Throughout the Ditch packages, in addition to the Voice of the Ocean and Films Underneath the Stars.” Princess Cruises Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific Business & Operations, Stuart Allison
Extremely Recommended: Royal Caribbean
In addition to Broadway exhibits like Grease and Hairspray, the road has the Two 70 theatre, which mixes theatre, shifting LED screens and robotics. On Symphony and Concord of the Seas, you’ll be able to watch divers leap 60 ft into tiny swimming pools and watch synchronised swimmers performing underwater.
Greatest for Cruise Line for Actions
Winner: Royal Caribbean
What we are saying: Royal Caribbean has taken the award for the third yr in a row for its fabulous actions that cater to all varieties of cruisers. Onboard, you possibly can play laser tag, swing by way of the air on the trapeze faculty, float within the sky-diving simulator or zip-line throughout the Royal Promenade. The ships even have insanely steep waterslides, mountaineering partitions and rather more. It’s no marvel Royal Caribbean is so common.
What you say: “Royal Caribbean has some actually distinctive actions which we’ve by no means seen earlier than on a ship. However it’s not only for our youngsters, there’s something for everybody in our household of all ages.” Kirsten Mallman
What they are saying: “If there’s one factor we’re pleased with at Royal Caribbean, it’s the progressive methods we play on our ships, so we’re delighted to be recognised as Greatest for Actions. With our Solely on Royal choices we attempt to offer our visitors an exciting and unforgettable expertise. This yr, we launched the world’s largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas, filled with revolutionary firsts, like glow-in-the-dark Laser Tag, Playmakers Sports activities Bar and Arcade, and the Final Household Suite. We will’t wait to ship extra unimaginable actions on Spectrum of the Seas in 2019.” Susan Bonner , VP and Managing Director, RCL Cruises, Australia and New Zealand
Extremely Recommended: Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Cruise Line will get an honourable point out for its enjoyable environment. The family-fun ships will not be only for the youngsters – adults love them too. Carnival Legend and Carnival Spirit are full of actions and packages, and there’s extra to return when Carnival Splendour arrives late subsequent yr.
Greatest for Cruise Line for Spa/Wellness
Winner: Movie star Cruises
What we are saying: Recognized for his or her pioneering work with famend spa model, Canyon Ranch, Superstar Cruises has gained this yr’s class for spa and wellness. The ships are outfitted with lovely amenities just like the Persian Backyard, the aquatherapy space, and visitors can bask in vitamin infusion facials and natural sea salt scrubs. As a part of the freshly redesigned wellness programme, cruisers can get acupuncture for ache aid, do pilates to pop tunes or attempt the Japanese interval exercise, Tabata.
What you say: “Can’t go previous Movie star Cruises. We haven’t sailed on many different strains however their number of courses in addition to choices to eat more healthy, is second to none.” Amber Hogan
What they are saying: “We’re thrilled to be chosen by our cruisers as greatest at sea for spa and wellness. Our aspiration for all Superstar Cruises ships is to offer our friends with a deeper, extra profound connection to the ocean by means of luxurious and rest. Whether or not it’s onboard massages or shore excursions targeted on wellness, it’s fabulous to know our visitors love these experiences as a lot as we love offering them. We’re very a lot wanting ahead to unveiling The Spa to friends on Superstar Edge in November, the peak of luxurious pampering at sea.” Susan Bonner, VP and Managing Director, RCL Cruises, Australia and New Zealand
Extremely Recommended: Princess Cruises
Princess gained Greatest Wellness and Spa in 2017, and it earns a nod once more this yr. The road has lovely amenities for these on the lookout for some R&R, together with beautiful thermal spa, The Enclave, the most important Japanese spa at sea.
Greatest Australian Port
What we are saying: Sydney is the gateway for cruising in New South Wales and the entire of Australia. With two cruise terminals – White Bay and the Abroad Passenger Terminal – Sydney can host a variety of cruise ships in all sizes. From the most important ship within the Southern Hemisphere, Ovation of the Seas, to smaller boutique ships just like the luxurious Seven Seas Explorer, there’s a spot for all vessels in Sydney. Arriving and departing Sydney affords visitors beautiful views of the long-lasting Harbour Bridge and the Opera Home and travellers have quick access to the guts of the town.
What you say: “Coming into Sydney is among the highlights of each cruise – the views are unimaginable. Plus, it’s proper within the centre of the town for to make it straightforward to discover.” Lynn Morris
Extremely Recommended: Brisbane
Quick turning into one of the crucial fashionable ports for cruise strains reminiscent of P&O, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruises and Royal Caribbean, Brisbane is only a hop, skip and a leap from home locations like Airlie Seashore and hotspots within the South Pacific. The Queensland state authorities and Carnival Company have each invested closely in revitalising Brisbane’s port, and it’s properly on its solution to being a world premier cruise vacation spot.
Greatest Cruise Journey Agent
Winner: Flight Centre
What they are saying: “We’re delighted to have gained Cruise Passenger’s Greatest Journey Agent award. Through the previous yr, we’ve labored very arduous to strengthen Flight Centre’s cruise credentials and our individuals’s experience on this quickly rising journey sector. It’s pleasing to see that these efforts are resonating with cruise clients, as evidenced by our success in profitable this award. In fact, a lot of the credit score should go to our gross sales individuals in-store, who use their cruise experience for our clients’ profit. One more reason for our success is the huge vary of suppliers that we work proactively with. Over the previous few years, we’ve cemented our relationships with our key companions, making certain we now have entry to a world-class product vary at the absolute best costs. We hope to construct on this success in the course of the yr forward and the indicators look promising at this early stage. Europe is wanting as if it should maintain robust as a prime vacation spot, notably the Med, whereas luxurious ships with nice onboard choices are trending, alongside small-ship cruising. Right here’s to a different nice yr!” Tom Walley, Flight Centre Model Basic Supervisor
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