2010's 20 winners were selected by an international panel of cruise journalists with thousands of collective days spent at sea, led by Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor in chief of Cruise Critic U.K.. Honors range from the big-ticket, including "U.K.'s Best Port of Call," "Best for First-Timers" and "Best Entertainment," to the academic-minded "Best Lectures at Sea" and Best for Acquiring a New Skill."
"It's been an exceptional year for the British cruise industry," said Brown. "Growth continues unabated in the face of cutbacks almost everywhere else with the cruise choice, quality and value for money available to British travellers better than ever. There is excellence throughout the British cruise industry and selecting the best of the best has been very difficult this year."
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--by Dan Askin, Associate Editor