Readers’ Choice Awards 2017

The Winners Are In!

Thanks to all the Porthole Cruise Magazine readers, fans, and savvy cruisers for your votes in the 19th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

Here are your picks for the top-of-the-top
in our three categories covering the wide world of cruising:

Float Your Boat

  • Best Small Ship (fewer than 500 passengers) Crystal Esprit (Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises)
  • Best Medium-Sized Ship (500-2,000 passengers) Azamara Quest (Azamara Club Cruises)
  • Best Large Ship (2,000-5,000 passengers) Norwegian Escape (Norwegian Cruise Line)
  • Best Mega Ship (+5,000 passengers) Harmony of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
  • Best Tall Ship  Wind Surf (Windstar Cruises)
  • Best River Ship AmaKristina (AmaWaterways)
  • Best Luxury Ship  Seabourn Encore (Seabourn)
  • Best Value-for-the-Money Line  Carnival Cruise Line
  • Most Family-Oriented Line  Disney Cruise Line
  • Best Cruise Line for Teens  Carnival Cruise Line
  • Best Cruise Line for Solo Travelers  Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Most Romantic Cruise Line  Windstar Cruises
  • Most Eco-Friendly Cruise Line  Holland America Line
  • Best Expedition Cruise Line Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic
  • Best Cruise Line for Short Cruises Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Best Shore Excursions  Holland America Line
  • Best Private Island  Half Moon Cay (Holland America Line)

All Aboard: Onboard Amenities

  • Best Onboard Activities  Royal Caribbean International
  • Best Onboard Enrichment  Cunard Line
  • Best Main Dining Room Cuisine  Celebrity Cruises
  • Best Specialty Restaurants  Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Best Accommodations  Silversea Cruises
  • Best Computer Facilities  Carnival Cruise Line
  • Best Casinos  Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Best Spa Facilities  Holland America Line
  • Best Fitness Facilities  Royal Caribbean International
  • Best Onboard Shopping  Princess Cruises 
  • Best Medical Facilities  Holland America Line
  • Best Facilities for Guests with Disabilities  Holland America Line
  • Best Children’s Programs  Disney Cruise Line
  • Best Entertainment  Disney Cruise Line
  • Best Service  Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Best Website  Carnival Cruise Line
  • Best Social Media  MSC Cruises
  •  Best Theme Cruise  MSC Cruises
  • Best Signature Cocktail  Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Best Cruise Director  Ken Rush, Royal Caribbean International
  • Best Onboard Photography  Princess Cruises 
  • Best Nightlife  Carnival Cruise Line

Hot Spots & Cool Places: Itineraries

  • Best Caribbean Itineraries  Royal Caribbean International
  • Best Alaska Itineraries  Princess Cruises 
  • Best Canada/New England Itineraries  Holland America Line
  • Best Hawaii Itineraries  Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Best Mexican Riviera Itineraries  Carnival Cruise Line
  • Best Central America Itineraries Princess Cruises 
  • Best South America Itineraries  Oceania Cruises
  • Best Northern Europe Itineraries  Holland America Line
  • Best Mediterranean Itineraries  Costa Cruises
  • Best Asia/Pacific Itineraries  Princess Cruises 
  • Best South Pacific Itineraries  Paul Gauguin Cruises
  • Best Africa/Middle East Itineraries  Seabourn 
  • Best Bermuda Itineraries  Norwegian Cruise Line 
  • Best Trans-Atlantic Itineraries  Cunard Line
  • Best Australia/New Zealand Itineraries  P&O Cruises
  • Best World Cruise Itineraries Cunard Line


And the Winner Is …

Congratulations to the voter who won the grand prize:

Violetta Polyakov,of South Florida!

Violetta is a real estate broker who, with her software-engineer husband Michael and their two daughters, loves to travel – especially by cruising. They’ve been on over 25 cruises together.

Before or after your next cruise, Violetta, enjoy your 3-night stay at Miami’s legendary Betsy South Beach!