Cruise Critic announces 2017 best cruise ships
If you’re looking for your next cruise, take advice from Cruise Critic’s members, from the 2017 Cruiser’s Choice Awards.
Based on member review ratings from cruises taken in 2016, here’s a look at the top 10 ‘Best Cruise Ships Overall’, so you can start planning to say, “All aboard!”
A cruise on the Disney Dream is every child’s fantasy, with everything parents could desire for relaxation, dining and dancing the night away. Bars, restaurants, lounges and leisure facilities mix with delightful character greetings, fun deck parties, movies and award-winning musicals.
Celebrity Cruise’s Reflection is known for gourmet dining, an expansive deck, innovative spa treatments and glamorous suites with sea view bathrooms. Before you enjoy the nightly entertainment, you can chill out in a cabana-style private retreat on The Lawn Club and even check your Wi-Fi – but chances are you’ll simply want to sit back, relax and disconnect from everyday life.
You’ll cruise in style, onboard the Celebrity Equinox. She’s recently enhanced and new facilities await. Indulge your tastebuds at 10 dining venues, have sunset drinks at the Gastrobar, sip on frozen cocktails at the pool deck and shop till you drop in designer boutiques.
The Eclipse is perfect for luxury lovers, with contemporary décor and fantastic activities to keep you happy at sea. There are the spa, shops, restaurants and lounges that Celebrity Cruises are known for, plus a fine art photography studio and incredible hot glass show where you’ll watch a professional glassblower practise his art.
There’s never a dull moment onboard the Disney Fantasy, with family fun galore. Recreation is at the top of the list, with a spa, salon and private couple’s villas for adults, not to mention bars and cocktail lounges. The kids will love the pools, with coasters and water stations. When it’s time for working off the food from fabulous restaurants, hit the full-service gym or have a game of miniature golf.
Cruising through Europe or the Caribbean on the Celebrity Silhouette means a chance to live in the lap of luxury. Designer boutiques include Michael Kors and Bulgari and signature Celebrity Cruise features, such as the Lawn Club, and Canyon Ranch Spa Club, never fail to impress.
The Regal Princess boasts no less than 1,400 balconies, a SeaWalk with a glass–floor walkway, an adults-only retreat and a light and water show. Restaurants range from traditional dining to pizza shops and charming cafes. Then, there’s the theatre, art auctions, gorgeous pools and sports courts.
Allure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas is so jam-packed full of activities, you might forget to disembark at the next exotic stop! Seven distinct districts offer fun for everyone, with surf simulators, aerial acrobats, a carousel on the Boardwalk, award-winning musicals and fine dining restaurants.
What can’t you do, onboard the Royal Princess? Dining options range from speciality fine-dining to all-day meals perfect for families. Have a bet at the Casino, laze by the pool and watch movies under the stars, shop and spend hours luxuriating at the spa. The kids will also have a ball, with programs and clubs.
The glamorous Atrium on board the Island Princess is enough to take your breath away. Blend that with exotic dining, including Cajun and Creole cuisine, whirling hot tubs, sparkling freshwater pools and fabulous featured guest entertainers, for the cruise of a lifetime.
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