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2010 Editors' Picks Awards - U.S.

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  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Luxury:
    Seabourn Odyssey & Seabourn Sojourn

    Seabourn's new Odyssey and Sojourn are the largest true luxury ships in cruising, and yet the size works. It allows for more onboard choice – especially the fantastic Seabourn Square, a combination library, coffeeshop, bakery and social hub -- and yet attention to detail in its cuisine, service and upscale yacht-like ambience, is impeccable.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Evening Entertainment:
    NCL's Norwegian Epic

    NCL's effort to offer a Las Vegas-style nightlife scene at sea means that once the sun goes down, activity, from dueling pianos and a Cirque acrobatics show to soulful blues and the famed Blue Man Group, is non-stop.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best Shore Excursions:
    Disney Cruise Line

    In an era in which cruise line shore excursions often are carbon copies of one another, Disney's collection of unique experiences, from adult-oriented cooking classes in Tuscany to a Royal Ball with princesses in St. Petersburg, stands out.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Music Lovers:
    Sixthman's Music-Themed Cruises

    Not a cruise line, Sixthman is a Georgia-based company that's pioneered the concept of music-oriented theme cruises at sea. Sixthman's lively floating festivals have featured all manner of acts, from Elvis tributes to platinum-selling hard rockers.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best Pool Scene:
    Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas

    On Oasis of the Seas, you can choose your pool to suit your mood. Silly games? Beach? Kids' Aqua Park? Adults-only spa? Each offers a different ambience and experience.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Gamblers:
    Norwegian Epic

    When NCL designed Norwegian Epic, it turned to Las Vegas for casino inspiration. The result? Its flashing lights, full range of table games, from poker to roulette, acres of slots, and a Players Club program has a Vegas vibe.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Healthy Dining:
    Celebrity Cruises

    Celebrity’s focus on offering a wide range of healthy dishes in formal restaurants and more casual venues makes it easier to stay on a wellness track, even when faced with the usual cruise temptations.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Budget-Friendly Cruising:
    Carnival Cruise Lines

    Carnival Cruise Lines consistently offers great prices and exceptional value that's hard to beat.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Families:
    Royal Caribbean

    With brand partnerships with family-friendly companies like Fisher Price and Johnny Rockets, and an astonishing range of onboard activities, both active and creative, Royal Caribbean offers a superbly well-rounded family cruise experience.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Adventure:
    Lindblad Expeditions

    Lindblad's cruises range from nature-oriented to cultural and offer great creature comforts amid even more fantastic tours and lectures that meld the experience onboard to onshore.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best River Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways

    With one of the youngest fleets in cruising, Avalon's breadth of itineraries spans Europe, Asia and Egypt, and offers an American-centric experience.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best Itineraries:
    Crystal Cruises

    Crystal's mid-sized pair of ships meander around the globe each year with itineraries that offer a blend of marquee ports, like Hong Kong, Sydney and San Francisco, with truly offbeat destinations, such as Burma, Ghana and Mauritius.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Kid-free Travel:
    Oceania Cruises

    If kids are by no means off-limits on Oceania, the line still caters firmly to a more mature traveler via sophisticated dining and destinations.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best Main Dining Room:
    Princess Cruises

    Princess has succeeded mightily in creating dining rooms that appeal to travelers who want either flexible or traditional seating, and its menus bridge the gaps between the two as well, with daring fare balanced with comfort offerings.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best New Restaurant:
    Norwegian Epic's Brazilian steakhouse

    Norwegian Epic was the first this year to introduce to cruising the Brazilian churrascarria, in which pasadores, armed with various meats on skewers, go table-to-table; other lines have since adopted the concept.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Honeymooners:
    NCL's Pride of America

    NCL's Pride of America, with its jazzy interiors, varied nightlife, and roundtrip Honolulu sailings offers a great taste of the romance of Hawaii and a chance to island-hop without packing and repacking a suitcase.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for a Second Honeymoon:
    Paul Gauguin Cruises

    The elegant Paul Gauguin, the only ship based in French Polynesia that was designed and built for cruising in just that region, offers sophisticated romance.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Weddings at Sea:
    Princess Cruises

    Its "Tie the Knot" packages, onboard chapels (on most vessels), and even a live webcam at sea that videos the ceremony for friends back home, makes Princess a standout for weddings.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Classic Cruising:
    Holland America

    Holland America's nod to cruise traditions includes formal nights, captain's welcome parties and music to smooch to -- and yet it continues to keep up with the times when it comes to offering more contemporary features, such as alternative restaurants and enhanced enrichment.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best New Ship:
    Oasis of the Seas

    Sure, Oasis of the Seas is the biggest afloat, but that's not enough of a reason for it to be the best. Where it succeeds is creating the most innovative features you can imagine -- zipline? Carousel? The first foliage-filled park at sea? -- and then backing them up with key cruise features like spa and fitness facilities, kids' programs, and superb entertainment.

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