Cruise Critics best cruise lines for 2016 are…
Carnival Vista. Credit: Cruise Critic.

Cruise Critic’s best cruise lines for 2016 are…

EWING, NJ — In a sea of choice, from family-friendly to river to luxury, Cruise Critic has named the best cruise lines of the year across dozens of categories.

The leading cruise reviews site has just announced the winners of its 9th annual Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards, naming – for the first time – a full list of winners in the luxury category.

“With so many innovations in technology, onboard offerings and the overall vacation experience, there are some great options out there for those looking to plan a cruise. This list – hand-selected by our cruise experts based on their own first-hand experiences and extensive coverage of the industry — highlights those lines that stand out among an impressive line-up helping travelers narrow down their choices and feel confident when making a booking decision,” said Colleen McDaniel, Senior Executive Editor of Cruise Critic.

Carnival Vista, Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, which was launched in May 2016, was named the year’s Best New Ship, with editors raving it may be Carnival’s best ship ever. The line also won Best Value for Money for the third consecutive year.

Disney Cruise Line was named Best Dining and Best for Families, with editors highlighting the standout service, food and onboard venues for family members of all ages.

In the river category, AmaWaterways was named the year’s Best River Cruise Line for its attractive amenities, and was also named Best for Families for its new partnership with Adventures by Disney. Viking River Cruises received Best Itineraries for the second year in a row for its wide range of river options. Emerald Waterways, meanwhile, received Best Value for Money for the second consecutive year.

In the inaugural luxury category, Seabourn was named the Best Luxury Cruise Line, while Viking Ocean Cruises was named Best Value for Money for its extensive list of inclusions. Oceania Cruises was awarded Best Dining, Regent Seven Seas has the Best Cabins, and Windstar Cruises was named Best for Romance.

For a full list of winners, go to

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