The best cruise ships 2015 released by Cruise Critic

There are a lot of choices out there when it comes to cruising. In the event you’ve ever wondered just how many, International Travel News reports some 64 cruise lines, 39 expedition-ship companies, 33 “specialty-ship” companies, 17 barge companies and 14 freighter companies that take passengers.

Then there are 99 river cruise companies that can be broken down into countries such as Europe, with 200 (sailing the Danube, Rhine, Elbe, etc.); the Nile, 145; Russia, 82; China, 40; the Amazon, 31; the Mekong River, 19; the United Kingdom, 11; the Douro River, 12…and the list goes on.

With North American having the largest cruise ship market at just over 55 percent, Cruise Critic certainly makes narrowing down the cruise choices much easier.

Their list is based completely on customer reviews and processed to collect an annual review and rating of cruise ships based on several categories such as best entertainment, best for dining, best for excursions and best overall.

The awards are then further divided into three classes of ships from small (ships that carry 1,199 or fewer passengers) to large ships that carry 2,000+ guests.

Cruise Critic has named the following as award winners:

Best Overall: Disney Cruise Line (plus 12 other nominations)
Best Dining: Oceania Riviera (for the second year in a row)
Best Cabins: Oceania Riviera (for mid-sized ship second year in a row)
Best Value for Money: Carnival Liberty (for large ship)
Best Value for Money: Holland America Zuiderdam (for mid-sized ship)

In more detail are Cruise Critic’s findings across all shapes and sizes of available passenger cruise ships:

Best Cruises Overall
Disney Dream (Large)
Disney Wonder (Mid-Size)
Pacific Princess (Small)

Best Cruise Ship Shore Excursions
Norwegian Pride of America (Large)
Coral Princess (Mid-Size)
Silversea Silver Galapagos (Small)

Best Cruise Ship Cabins
Disney Fantasy (Large)
Oceania Riviera (Mid-Size)
Regent Seven Seas Voyager (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Disney Fantasy (Large)
Disney Magic (Mid-Size)
Crystal Symphony (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Service
Disney Fantasy (Large)
Disney Wonder (Mid-Size)
Regent Seven Seas Voyager (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Dining
Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam (Large)
Oceania Riviera (Mid-Size)
Azamara Quest (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment
Disney Dream (Large)
Disney Magic (Mid-Size)
Pacific Princess (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Value
Carnival Liberty (Large)
Holland America Zuiderdam (Mid-Size)
Pacific Princess (Small)

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