Editor-in-Chief Awards 2015

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Announcing the 2015 Editor-in-Chief Awards!

I’ve always felt lucky to work in this amazing cruise industry. And along with that comes the fortunate opportunities to travel the world and try all sorts of cruise experiences. Along the way, there are destinations, accommodations, and services that stand out and stay with me over time. For this reason, each year I like to share with you my favorite cruise and travel experiences and hopefully inspire your future travel.

Congrats to all of this year’s winners!

Bill Panoff, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

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On Board

Best Bar: SeaView Bar (Princess Cruises)

Best Accommodations: The Haven (Norwegian Cruise Line)

Best Entertainment Outlet: Carnival Live Concert Series

Best Production Show: Witches of Paris (MSC Divina)

Best Cruise Director: Gary Hunter (Crystal Cruises)

Best Workout: TRX Suspension Training

Best Dining Experience: Remy (Disney Cruise Line)

Best Cruise Line Chef: Master Chef Rudi Sodamin (Holland America Line)

Best New Onboard Thrill: Ripcord by iFly skydiving simulator (Royal Caribbean International)

Best Makeover: Crystal Symphony

Best Art Collection: Oceania Cruises

Best Spa Treatment: Thermage CPT

On Shore

Best Way to See Alaska: Temsco Air Glacier Helicopter Tour

Coolest Alaska Shore Excursion: White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad

Best South Florida Shore Excursion: Jungle Queen Riverboat (Fort Lauderdale)

Best Bar on Shore: Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

Best Europe Luxury Hotel: The Lanesborough Hotel

Best Caribbean Luxury Hotel: Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

Best Caribbean Family Resort: Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Best All-Inclusive Resorts: Sandals Resorts

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

Best Hotel Cruise Collection: Sonesta

Best Worldwide Hotels: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Best Limo Service: USA Transportation

Best Cruise Souvenir: Tortuga Rum Cakes

Best Caribbean Tour Operator: Chukka Caribbean Adventures

Best Safari Tour Operator: Abercrombie & Kent

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

Best U.S. Homeport: Miami

Friendliest Homeport: New Orleans

Best-Kept-Secret Port: Tampa

Most Exciting Upcoming Port: Amber Cove, Dominican Republic

Best Canada Port: Vancouver

Best Alaska Port: Ketchikan

Best Europe Port: Monte Carlo

Best River Cruise Port: Prague

Best Caribbean Island: Grand Cayman

Most Loyal Porthole Reader: Robert Alspach

Centerville, OH

Subscriber since 1996


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!