Big Is Beautiful as Cruise Giant Tops Cruisers' Choice Awards

By Cruise Critic, PRNE
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

LONDON, June 9, 2011 -

- Cruise Critic Announces the Best Ships Based on Reviews and Ratings
from Thousands of Cruisers

Big certainly appears to be better when it comes to cruise travel with
the news that Oasis of the Seas, a 5,400-passenger mega-ship, which is less
than two years old, has swept the boards in the first of an international
awards scheme, based purely on passenger ratings.

Cruise news and reviews web site Cruise Critic(R)
( today announced the winners of its first-ever
Cruisers' Choice Awards. Cruise Critic boasts the world's largest online
cruise community with more than 700,000 members and 70,000 cruise reviews.

The Cruisers' Choice Awards are based on ratings submitted by cruisers
and include dedicated awards for the top-rated ships according to U.K.
consumers. This is the first time the site has released annual ratings for
cruise ships.

Said Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor in chief of Cruise Critic, "The
reviews and ratings submitted by our members are an outstanding resource for
cruise travellers and offer a fantastic insight into the different cruise
experiences you will find on each ship.

"These awards recognise the ships that rank highly with passengers by
providing exceptional facilities, accommodations, activities and service."

For the complete 2011 list of Cruisers' Choice Awards winners, please

The Winners

The Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards are divided into three ship
classes — small, mid-sized and large — based on passenger capacity. Awards
are given to the top 10 ships in each class. Awards are also given to ships
in special categories, which include: Value-for-Money, Service, Dining,
Cabins, Entertainment, Shore Excursions, Public Rooms, Family, Fitness and

Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas dominated the U.K. awards in the
large-ship class and was rated best overall, as well as best for cabins,
dining, embarkation, entertainment, value, fitness and public rooms among
U.K. passengers. Said Spencer Brown, "This ship, which sails in the Caribbean
year-round, has confounded the soothsayers who claimed that the mega-ship
floating-resort experience would be a turn-off for cruise travellers. The
reviews and ratings that we have seen clearly demonstrate that Oasis of the
Seas is providing a winning formula and truly exceptional levels of quality."

In the mid-sized class, Thomson Spirit was rated best overall and best
for dining, entertainment, value, service and shore excursions by U.K.
passengers. "Thomson offers an authentic cruise experience which focuses on
camaraderie and community — not simply having all the latest amenities
onboard," continued Spencer Brown. "Passengers enjoy a traditional cruise
with a modern twist." Thomson recently announced that it will resume sailing
from a number of U.K. regional ports in summer 2012, ending a three-year
exodus from homeport cruising.

Azamara Journey and sister ship Azamara Quest cleared the decks in the
small-ship class with the former winning best overall and best in six
categories. "Azamara has undergone an onboard and onshore makeover that
clearly resonated with travellers," said Spencer Brown. "The two-ship cruise
line's new focus has blended culinary excellence with itineraries that offer
exotic ports of call."

    Best for Value
    Best for Service
    Best for Dining
    Best for Entertainment
    Best for Cabins
    Best for Families
    Best for Fitness
    Best for Embarkation
    Best for Public Rooms
    Best for Shore Excursions

For the complete 2011 list of Cruisers' Choice Awards winners, please

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