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2010 Editors' Picks Awards - U.K.

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  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for First-Timers:
    Royal Caribbean's
    Independence of the Seas

    Independence of the Seas offers a fantastic array of onboard restaurants and amusements that incorporate both cruise traditions and newfangled innovations. The Southampton-based ship also offers the convenience of a hassle-free "no-fly "introduction to cruising
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Honeymoons:
    P&O Cruises

    With its Bermuda-based ships, captains can legally marry passengers so you can combine your wedding and honeymoon in one trip.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Healthy Cruising:
    Celebrity's Solstice-Class Ships

    Celebrity originally introduced the concept of spa dining into cruise travel and it keeps improving, expanding ways to help travellers maintain their healthy lifestyle even in the midst of more traditional cruise temptation.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Cruising With Kids:
    P&O Cruises' Ventura

    P&O's Ventura, which designated the lines' family ship, boasts a plethora of innovative features, from a Cirque circus school to child-friendly restaurants, that are sure to please kids and their parents.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Kid-Free Cruising:
    Saga Holidays

    Saga's no-kids-under-50 rule means that you’re guaranteed a more mature onboard ambience and won't be overrun by kids during the school holidays – or at any other time.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Seeing the World:
    Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

    Wherever in the world you want to go, Fred. Olsen likely has a ship that'll take you there. Its fleet’s small-to-mid-size ships can also visit exotic ports that the cruise behemoths can’t fit into. Even better? Many are ex-UK, at least one way.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Non-Stop Fun:
    Norwegian Epic

    You'll find a classic "I need a holiday to get over my ... holiday" scenario on Norwegian Epic, whether your idea of fun is exuberant days spent at the Posh beach club or splashing around with the kids at the aqua park. After dark, the array of evening entertainment keeps the fun going into the small hours.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Adventure:
    Spirit of Adventure

    On Spirit of Adventure travellers have the opportunity to truly experience ports of call, not just visit them and move on.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Luxury:
    Seabourn Cruise Line

    Seabourn, renowned for its superb cuisine, service and small-ship ambience, has long been a contender in the best luxe category. With the debut of its new, slightly-larger Sojourn and Odyssey that build on its traditions while offering a more contemporary atmosphere, the line clearly sets the standard for luxury cruising.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for River Cruising:
    Viking River Cruises

    Viking River has always been a solid, middle-of-the-road cruise line whose stand-out quality was the breadth of its itineraries. The line's ambitious new-build programme, beginning next year, puts it over the top.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best Budget-Friendly Cruises:
    Thomson Cruises

    Thomson proves that a great cruise holiday doesn't have to cost the earth. By sprucing up older vessels and keeping prices down, the line offers a great getaway and excellent value. Those who enjoy the value of land-based package deals should look to Thomson for a budget-friendly cruise.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Dining:
    Celebrity's Solstice-Class Ships

    Solstice, Equinox and Eclipse, Celebrity's newest trio, have built on the line's excellent reputation for culinary variety and quality. Take Qsine, Celebrity's newest restaurant concept on Celebrity Eclipse. It serves up anything but conventional food with its quirky taster dishes (think sushi lollipops, build-your-own burgers and popcorn fish n chips).
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best Pub at Sea:
    Cunard's Golden Lion

    The best "local" at sea, Cunard's Golden Lion pubs on Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, feel genuine, right down to the tin ceilings.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best Entertainment at Sea:
    Blue Man Group, Norwegian Epic

    Making its at-sea debut on NCL's new Norwegian Epic, the internationally renowned Blue Man Group concept originally combines theatrics, juggling, comedy, music and raucous special effects.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Aspiring Chefs:
    Holland America's Culinary Arts Center Program

    Anyone who loves TV cooking programmes will be inspired by Holland America’s Culinary Arts Centre – a full-on kitchen set in a theatre – that hosts comprehensive workshops, demos and lectures.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Lectures at Sea:
    Voyages of Discovery

    Offering theme cruises in areas such as history, gardening, antiquities, and more, Voyages of Discovery’s onboard enrichment beautifully compliments its destination-intensive itineraries.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best for Acquiring a New Skill:
    Crystal Cruises

    Crystal's Crystal Visions programme offers the industry's broadest range of enrichment options from learning to speak a foreign language to painting by watercolour and from playing the piano to mastering the computer.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best U.K. Port of Call:
    Kirkwall, Orkney

    Kirkwall, the U.K. port most visited by cruise ships this year, gets the details right. It has invested in pier and dock-side facilities, improved transportation options, and offers a lovely variety of shore experiences, from ancient stone circles, to its contemporary artisan traditions.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best UK Departure Port:

    What gives Southampton an edge is that it's not only Britain's most popular embarkation port, it has also invested in creating port facilities that can support the world's largest ships.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner
    Best New Ship:
    Cunard's Queen Elizabeth

    In an era in which cruise ship styles are more commonly flash and brash, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth reminds us that elegant, comfortable and cozy have every bit as much to offer.
  • 2010 Editors' Picks Awards Winner - Commendation
    Best Cruise Ambassador:
    Queen Elizabeth II

    As godmother of Cunard's Queen Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth II has served in that role four times -- three for Cunard and one for P&O. It's not just nameplating either -- Britain's monarch also cruises on her holiday, aboard the U.K.'s own Hebridean Island Cruises.
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