Published February 27, 2013
Disney's newest cruise ship, Disney Fantasy has nabbed five of the top awards in the 2013 Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards.
Fantasy won in the Best Large Ship, Large Best Ship Cabins, Best Entertainment, Best Public Rooms and Best Service categories--awards that are based on reviews from people who took cruises in 2012.
"What’s really exciting about Disney Fantasy is that with the addition of this new class of ship, Disney is really starting to reach out and appeal to a broader base of travelers," says Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor of CruiseCritic.com, a subsidiary of Trip Advisor that features news and reviews of the most popular cruise lines. "Disney’s gone from being a niche line to one that’s comparable to something like Celebrity or Princess. The high scores that we are seeing almost across the board are a testament to how well-run and well-designed the ship is.”
The Cruisers’ Choice Awards rates cruise ships based on value, shore excursions, service, public rooms, entertainment, fitness, embarkation, dining, cabins and best overall in three classes: large ships (2,000 or more passengers), mid-sized (between 1,200 and 1,900 passengers) and small (less than 1,900).
Other winners this year include Holland America's Noordam for Best Midsized Ship, Azamara Club Cruises' Azamara Quest for Best Small Ship and Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas for Best Large Ship for Fitness, Best Large Ship for Embarkation.
Awards in the mid-size and small ships classes:
Best Mid-Sized Ships:
-Noordam (Holland America): Best Overall Mid-Sized Ship
-Marina (Oceania): Best Cabins, Best Dining, Best Public Rooms
-Thomson Dream: Best Entertainment, Best Service
-Westerdam (Holland America): Best for Fitness, Best Shore Excursions
-Norwegian Spirit: Best Value for Money
-Celebrity Summit: Best for Embarkation
Best Small Ships:
-Azamara Quest: Best Overall Small Ship, Best for Fitness, Best for Service
-Azamara Journey: Best Value for Money
-Crystal Serenity: Best Dining, Best Entertainment
-Crystal Symphony: Best Public Rooms
-Seabourn Odyssey: Best Cabins
-Seven Seas Navigator (Regent): Best Shore Excursions
-Wind Surf (Windstar): Best for Embarkation