Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler magazines have revealed their readers’ say, and now Porthole Cruise magazine, a publication devoted solely to the cruise travel industry, has unveiled its Readers’ Choice Awards 2016, and the love is spread around a bit farther this time around.
Rather than presenting a long list of winning cruise lines from a few vessel size categories, Porthole calls out one winner per many awards, altogether looking at individual ships, onboard experiences and shoreside options. Similar to the other magazines, Porthole does start out by choosing the best vessels of the year, and the breakdown is as follows:
Best Small Ship (fewer than 500 passengers) goes to Seabourn’s Seabourn Sojourn, Best Medium-Sized Ship (500-2,000 passengers) to Azamara Club Cruises’ Azamara Journey, Best Mega Ship (at least 2,000 passengers) to Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Escape, Best Tall Ship to Windstar Cruises’ Wind Surf, Best River Ship to Viking River Cruises’ Longships and Best Luxury Ship to Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Explorer.
It’s not surprising to see newcomers Norwegian Escape and Seven Seas Explorer move the dial, and Azamara succeeds with its newly remodeled fleet as classics like the Seabourn Sojourn and Wind Surf remain favorites. Plus, Viking’s ever growing fleet of Longships clearly continues to elicit a positive response.
Meanwhile, broader cruise lines are praised as Carnival Cruise Line takes Best Value-For-The-Money Line and Best Cruise Line for
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