The Best Cruise Lines of the Year Named by Cruise Critic
"This year's awards clearly show there's truly a cruise for every type of traveler," explains
2019 Award Highlights
- Norwegian Encore was named Best New Ship of the Year for 2019. Editors praised the ship for "perfecting the blueprint" of its popular Breakaway Class, taking what guests love most and enhancing it even further. From exclusive accommodations in The Haven, to virtual-reality rides, go-kart racing and
Broadwaymusicals, the ship delivers an incredible experience for all ages.
Disney Cruise Linewas named Best for Families for the fourth year in a row, boasting plenty of extra-special features for kids – fantastic kids clubs, character meet-and-greets, interactive meals and jaw-dropping theater shows. There's plenty of adult-only fun onboard, too, making it great for the whole family.
Holland Americareceived the nod for Best Itineraries, for its globe-trotting fleet of ships – sailing everywhere from the Caribbeanand Europe, to Africa, Asiaand Australiaas part of its Grand Voyages. New this year, Holland America'sIn-Depth Voyages, offering sailings that explore remote destinations with expedition-style immersion. The line also received the award for Best Dining, a nod to its celebrity-led Culinary Counciland wide range of fantastic restaurants fleet-wide.
- AmaWaterways was named the
Best River Cruise Linefor its fleet of standout ships and its focus on family and wellness, offering interesting ways for guests to explore each port they visit. The line's brand new ship, AmaMagna, was also named Best New River Ship – with editors calling it a "game-changer." Designed as a doublewide, the ship offers a number of features unique to the river cruise industry, including a full-sized pool, large gym and dedicated spa space. AmaWaterways was also named Best for Active Cruisers for the fourth year in a row.
Viking River Cruiseswas named Best for First-Timers for the third consecutive year. Editors praised the line's wide selection of ships and itineraries (the line was also awarded Best Itineraries), and its smart inclusions like beer and wine at select meals, Wi-Fi and a complimentary shore excursion in every port.
- For the fifth year running, Emerald Waterways received the award for Best Value for Money. The line offers thoughtful inclusions – like tours, beer and wine at meals, and Wi-Fi – but at a lower cost than other river lines. Editors also noted standout features like the line's comfortable cabins and outstanding food, with menus made to reflect the region each ship is cruising.
Crystal Cruiseswas named Best Luxury Cruise Line, with editors praising its "luxury gold standard." Ships are designed to bring guests to far-flung destinations in luxury, with all-inclusive ships offering butlers, concierges and fantastic dining.
- Scenic's first-ever ocean-going ship, Scenic Eclipse, was named this year's Best New Luxury Ship, boasting over-the-top features like two onboard helicopters and a six-person submarine. The ship seamlessly combines luxury and soft-adventure travel in exotic destinations like
Antarcticaand the Arctic.
Oceania'sInsignia was named Best Luxury Ship Refurbishment after completing the first-in-fleet OceaniaNEXT makeover. The upgrades gave the ship a classic, contemporary twist, with thoughtful enhancements made to cabins and public rooms. The line was also named Best Dining for the fourth year in a row.
Seattle, WAwas named Best North American Homeport, with editors calling it "the perfect Pacific Northwestjump-off to the Last Frontier," praising the city's attractions and cruise-specific amenities and programs.
2019 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards
Best New Ship: Norwegian Encore
Best Ship Refurbishment: Oasis of the Seas (
Best for Adventure: UnCruise Adventures
Best for Families:
Best Shore Excursions:
Best for Solo Travelers:
Best Value for Money:
Best North American Homeport: Seattle, WA
Best New River Cruise Ship: AmaMagna (AmaWaterways)
Best Ship Refurbishment: S.S. Bon Voyage (Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection)
Best for Active Cruisers: AmaWaterways
Best Cabins: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Best Dining: Crystal River Cruises
Best Enrichment: Scenic
Best for Families: Adventures by
Best for First-Timers:
Best Itineraries: Viking River Cruises
Best for Luxury: Crystal River Cruises
Best Service: Tauck River Cruising
Best Shore Excursions: Avalon Waterways
Best for Solo Travelers: Vantage Deluxe World Travel
Best Value for Money: Emerald Waterways
Best New Luxury Ship: Scenic Eclipse
Best Ship Refurbishment: Insignia (
Best for Adventure: Ponant
Best Cabins: Seabourn Cruise Line
Best Dining: Oceania Cruises
Best Enrichment: Viking Ocean Cruises
Best Itineraries: Azamara
Best for Romance: SeaDream Yacht Club
Best Shore Excursions: Windstar Cruises
Best for Solo Travelers:
Best Value for Money: Viking Ocean Cruises
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