What line's culinary offerings take the cake or steak? Who has family cruising down to a science, keeping even the most gloomy of teens gleefully captivated? What cruise line pathfinder is to be commended for offering off-the-grid port adventures? After intense debate, experts from Cruise Critic's knowledgeable editorial staff emerged with a list of superlatives naming winners in its first annual Editors' Picks Awards.

Ten cruise lines received the supreme nod in Best in Class categories, which included Family Cruises, Luxury Cruises, Dining, Romance, Spa and Fitness, Cabins, Value for Money, Itineraries, Entertainment and Shore Excursions.

Three additional sub-category winners were also each selected for specific categories as related to family (kids' programs, teen programs, multi-generational appeal), luxury (dining, service, staterooms), dining (main restaurant, specialty eatery, healthful dining), romance (honeymoons, weddings, couples), spa and fitness (pool deck, appeal to fitness enthusiast, spas), and cabins (standards, suites, family cabins).

And the winners are? An interactive list of the 2008 best cruise ships is available for download.

Have a T-bone to pick with one of our choices, or want to add a little complementary icing on the cake for one of our winners? Join the discussion on the Cruise Critic message boards.

--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor