Editor-in-Chief Awards 2014

PH 189 Each year, Porthole Cruise Magazine’s editor-in-chief, Bill Panoff, has a tough time picking his favorites from the cruise and travel industry. With so many amazing options that await cruisers, these awards give kudos to those who go above and beyond in terms of service, quality, and memorable moments.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

On Board


Best Show at Sea: Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Norwegian Cruise Line)

Best Bar: Molecular Bar (Celebrity Cruises)

Best Burger: Guy’s Burger Joint (Carnival Cruise Lines)

Best Cruise Director: Gary Hunter (Crystal Cruises)

Best Fitness Class: Flywheel Sports indoor cycling (Norwegian Cruise Line) 

Best Dining Experience: Chef Rudi Sodamin’s Master Chef’s Table (Holland America Line)

Best Onboard Thrill: Zip Lining (Royal Caribbean International)

Best Caribbean Newcomer: MSC Divina (MSC Cruises)

Best Makeover: Disney Magic (Disney Cruise Line)

Best Art Collection: Oceania Cruises

Best Spa Operator: Steiner Leisure

Best Cruise Community: Cruise Critic

Best Cruise Programming: Cruise Radio



On Shore


Coolest Alaska Shore Excursion: Temsco Air Glacier Helicopter Tour

Hottest Caribbean Shore Excursion: Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Best Hotel in Europe: The Lanesborough Hotel

Best Hotel in the Caribbean: Jade Mountain

Best All-Inclusive Resorts: Sandals Resorts

Best Pre-Cruise Hotels in Florida: B Hotels & Resorts

Best Worldwide Hotels: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Most Exciting Upcoming Port: Amber Cove, Dominican Republic

Best Limo Service: USA Transportation

Best Cruise Souvenir: Tortuga Rum Cakes

Most Sought-After Jewelry: Crown of Light diamond collection

Best New Product: Slydz Interchangeable Eyewear

Best Port Agency: Virgin Port Services (St. Thomas)

Best Caribbean Tour Operator: Chukka Caribbean Adventures

Best Safari Tour Operator: Micato Safaris

Best U.S. Homeport: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Friendliest Homeport: New Orleans

Best Canada Port: Vancouver

Best Alaska Port: Ketchikan

Best Europe Port: Monte Carlo

Best River Cruise Port: Budapest

Best Caribbean Island: Tortola, BVI

Now in its 25th year, Porthole Cruise and Travel Magazine is published bi-monthly and available worldwide through digital subscription. It offers the latest news in cruise and travel, with in-depth features on voyages, new ships, the best destinations, readers' picks, onboard cuisine, entertainment, and more!