Cruiseline.com, the largest source of verified cruise reviews, has announced its 2016 Members’ Choice awards, culled from more than 14,000 cruise reviews submitted by its members in 2015. Casting votes for what they liked and didn’t about a variety of aspects from their cruise line experiences, these results are a true pulse poll from real passengers, 80 percent of which are verified through travel agent partners.
Cruiseline.com, the only site to verify that reviewers actually sailed on the ships they rate, asked members to not only vote on their overall cruise experience, but also all major attributes onboard. As a result, in addition to awards for Best Cruise Line and Best Ship, experience awards such as Best Line for Service, Best Line for Dining and Best Line for Entertainment were handed out.
Traveler type (e.g. couples, families) was also evaluated to recommend the best voyages for all kinds of cruisers, including categories like Best Line for First Timers and Best Line for Families while preferred itineraries were named with Best Embarkation Port, Best Private Island – and more.
The 2016 winners were determined across eight mainstream cruise lines: Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International and Cunard.
Out of 17 awards, Celebrity Cruises also earned five top spots for Best Cruise Line, Best Line for Couples, Best Line for Inside and Oceanview Cabins. Disney Cruise Line also won five including Best Ship, Best Line for Families, and Best Line for Balcony Cabins.
“Since we collect detailed information from our verified reviews, such as traveler type, ratings for service, cabins and individual ports, we are able to determine which lines and ships are really great for certain experiences,” said Faraz Qureshi, general manager of Cruiseline.com. “In addition to the typical awards, this year we added Most Controversial Ship and Most Improved Line. There really is a cruise for everyone. The trick is to get on the right line and ship and we hope our awards will help consumers do that.”
Three top awards were named in each category; real member reviews are quoted below. A full list of winners is available here.
Among the 2016 Winners:
Best Cruise Line
#1 Celebrity Cruises – “Celebrity is the ONLY line I will use. They blend upscale, comfortable, busy, restful, sumptuous, and fun.”
#2 Royal Caribbean International
#3 Disney Cruise Line
Best Line for Families with Children
#1 Disney Cruise Line – “Our family had such a wonderful time. We have a 10 year old and a 2 year old there was plenty for both to do. The staff was amazing and extremely accommodating.”
#2 Royal Caribbean
#3 Carnival Cruise Lines
Cruiseline.com launched in December 2012 as an independent, objective guide to cruises. With over 94,000 cruise reviews and 87,000 port reviews to date, the site simplifies the task of choosing a cruise with unbiased opinions from fellow passengers. Unlike other cruise communities, Cruiseline.com guarantees the authenticity of thousands of verified reviews, and uses member opinions to rank the best cruises, ships and itineraries. The site also partners with top publishers such as US News & World Report to bring simplified search and verified cruise reviews to their audiences. In addition, Cruiseline.com develops and powers Ship Mate Cruise App, the largest mobile app for cruisers with over one million downloads. Ship Mate gets travelers excited for their cruise by providing a forum to meet others on their cruise, learning about and tracking their ship, and sharing photos with the community.