Not long after Travel + Leisure magazine revealed its readers’ choices for the publication’s World’s Best Awards for 2016, Conde Nast Traveler magazine has done the same with its World’s Best Cruise Lines: Readers’ Choice Awards 2016. Let’s take a look at how ocean and river cruise lines ranked this year across five categories.
Immediately, Conde Nast remarks how every cruise line that made it to the top of the lists are all repeaters with one notable exception: Viking Ocean Cruises. The freshman line made it in at number six in the medium ships category whereas among Travel + Leisure readers, the new line came in as number one in its large ship category. In that instance, Viking managed to knock Crystal Cruises off the top spot, which it had held for 20 consecutive years. Rest assured for the luxury line, Crystal rated as number one in the category for Conde Nast at least, for the 23rd time.
The means in which the two magazines delineate their categories might have contributed to the outcome as T+L spreads ocean ships out across four size categories and Conde Nast across only three starting with Large Ships (more than 2,500 passengers) and descending to aforementioned Medium Ships (500 to 2,000 passengers), Small Ships (fewer than 500 passengers) and then River Ships.
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