We’re well and truly into the award season, the Oscars, the BAFTAS and most importantly the CruiseCritic.co.uk 2016 UK Cruisers’ Choice Awards are finally here. Accolades for all the things you thought each cruise line excels in have been represented and voted for by you.

What goes into making the world’s best cruise ships?

It’s a combination of exciting itineraries, top-quality onboard facilities, delicious dining and show-stopping entertainment. This year you voted family-friendly Norwegian Spirit, fine-dining focused Oceania Riviera and luxurious All Inclusive Seven Seas Voyager as the best ships for large, mid-sized and small ship categories respectively.

The winners for each category have been chosen entirely by member reviews on CruiseCritic.co.uk website throughout 2015. They give a rating for categories including – service, value for money and dining.

Best UK Cruises Overall

Norwegian Spirit won the ‘Best Overall’ prize in the large ships category, with Norwegian Jade a close second. They impressed UK cruisers with the value for money and shore excursions Norwegian offered them.

These wins come after the recent announcement that Norwegian Cruise Line will have dedicated sailing from Southampton in 2017, the first time the cruise line will have sailed from the UK in seven years. Norwegian Jade will sail out of Southampton from May 2017 and calling at Le Harve (Paris), Amsterdam, Hamburg and Zeeburge (Brussels/Bruges) on 7-night Western Europe sailings.

Norwegian Spirit New York City
Oceania Cruises’ Riviera won the top prize for ‘Best Overall Mid-sized Ship’. They also scooped another clutch of awards, holding onto its five mid-size ship class wins from 2015, including their sixth award for ‘Best Dining’. Oceania as well-known for their focus on gastronomy, the Culinary Arts Centre impressed cruisers as they could get hands-on experience at sea.

Notable wins in the mid-sized category come from Thomson Cruises, who picked up 2 awards for Thomson Sprit bagging 3rd place and Thomson Celebration 4th place.

Oceania Cruises' Riviera

Regent Seven Seas’ Voyager won ‘Overall Best Small Ship’, as well as ‘Best Embarkation’ and ‘Best Shore Excursions’. Holding just 700 passengers makes embarkation a breeze and the unlimited shore excursions had cruisers spoilt for choice, so it’s no wonder they bagged all the prizes.

Newcomers Viking Ocean Cruises who launched in 2015, have impressed cruisers with their debut ship Viking Star which won seven awards including ‘Best Dining’ and ‘Best Service’. Viking Star’s sister ship Viking Sea joins the fleet in April this year which is sure to go down well with cruisers.

A new award for 2016 ‘Best for First-Timers’ was won by P&O Cruises’ Arcadia. The adult-only ship is ideal for couples, solo travellers and groups of friends who enjoy a traditional style of cruising. Arcadia also offers some fabulous destinations, this year includes – Hong Kong, Cape Town, Auckland, the Panama Canal and San Francisco as part Arcadia’s South America & Japan Adventure.

Regent Seven Seas Voyager

Check out the other winners

Best Overall Cruise Ships

  • Island Princess (Large)
  • Oceania Riviera (Mid-Size)
  • Viking Star (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

  • Explorer of the Seas (Large)
  • Oceania Riviera (Mid-Size)
  • Seven Seas Voyager (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

  • Norwegian Escape (Large)
  • Norwegian Sun (Mid-Size)
  • Viking Star (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation

  • Norwegian Spirit (Large)
  • Norwegian Sun (Mid-Size)
  • Viking Star (Small)

Best Cruise Ships Public Rooms

  • Queen Elizabeth (Large)
  • Oceania Riviera (Mid-Size)
  • Viking Star (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Service

  • Island Princess (Large)
  • Oceania Riviera (Mid-Size)
  • Viking Star (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

  • Norwegian Spirit (Large)
  • Norwegian Sun (Mid-Size)
  • Seven Seas Voyager (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Value

  • Norwegian Spirit (Large)
  • MSC Lirica (Mid-Size)
  • Viking Star (Small)

Best Cruise for Families

  • Thomson Cruises’ Thomson Majesty

Best Cruise for First-Timers

  • P&O Cruises’ Arcadia (Large)

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