(8:20 a.m. EST) -- Cue the red carpets and paparazzi flashes – it's award time. We're showcasing the best of the best in cruise travel in Cruise Critic's 5th Annual Editors' Picks Awards. Categories range from the all-encompassing "Best New Ship," "Best Value for Money" and "Best U.S. Port" to the more specific "Best for First-Timers," "Best Suites" and "Best for Honeymoons."
2012's 18 awards were hand-picked by Cruise Critic's editorial staff, experts in the field who have collectively spent thousands of days and sea.
"These awards are based on the experiences of Cruise Critic's award-winning team of nine editors, and reflect the best the cruise industry has to offer in 2012," says Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor in chief. "Choosing 'Editors' Picks,' looking for top performers in categories that range from dining and entertainment to ports of call and itineraries, is one of the toughest challenges we face all year."
Want to know which lines earned the nod for best inside cabins, best dining and best entertainment? Curious to know which ship was given top honors for best cruise ship bar? The envelope please…