Celebrity Eclipse was named the top ship in eight of the ten categories in the large ship class, including 'Best Overall Large Ship,' 'Best Value for Money' and 'Best Ship Sailing from the U.K.' Sister ship, Celebrity Solstice took 'Best Service.'
Oceania stole the show in the mid-sized ship category, with its newest ship, Riviera taking seven top awards, including 'Best Overall Mid-Sized Ship' and sister ship Marina taking the 'Best for Fitness' award.
Azamara made a splash with U.K. cruisers in the small ship class. Azamara Journey won 'Best Overall Mid-Sized Ship' and seven other top awards, including 'Best Service', 'Best Dining' and 'Best Value for Money.' Azamara Quest was named 'Best for Fitness.'
Adam Coulter, senior editor at Cruise Critic said: “What makes these awards unique is that the ratings are based entirely on reviews submitted by U.K. cruisers over the course of the past year. The awards provide a great snapshot of what U.K. cruisers currently think about cruising and the ships they have recently sailed on.”
Jo Rzymowska, associate vice president and general manager, Celebrity Cruises UK and Ireland said:
“We are absolutely thrilled that three of our great Solstice-class ships have been voted amongst the overall top five best cruise ships by the members of the expert community at Cruise Critic in the Cruisers' Choice Awards.
“Celebrity Eclipse returns to Southampton in just over a month for her summer season based from the UK port of call, and received a whopping average score of 4.9 out of 5. We know that Celebrity Eclipse is a massive hit with UK travellers, and to see this confirmed with such a huge vote of confidence is simply incredible.
“We are so very proud of our crew, and all our people who work hard to make Celebrity Cruises such a hit and we extend a massive thank you to all of the fans who have voted in the Cruise Critic UK Cruisers' Choice Awards. Thank you.”
The U.K. Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards are based on reviews submitted by U.K.-based cruisers for cruises taken during 2012.
They are awarded in three ship classes, according to passenger capacity –- small (1,199 passengers or fewer), mid-sized (1,200 to 1,999) and large (2,000+.) The top 10 ships in each class, in the following categories: Overall, Cabins, Dining, Embarkation, Entertainment, Fitness, Public Rooms, Service, Shore Excursions and Value for Money.
You can find the full list of winners here.
--by Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor