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Best River Cruise Experience - Delta Steamboat Best Luxury Experience - Seabourn Cruise Lines
Best Tall Ship Adventure Cruises-Windjammer -  Best Hawaiian Itinerary - Norwegian Cruise Lines
Best Private Island - Half Moon Cay Bahamas Holland America & Carnival Best Asia Itinerary - Princess
Best Caribbean Diving Experience - Turks & Caicos - Belize Best Family-Oriented Caribbean Destination-Nassau
Best Passenger Yacht Experience - SeaDream Yachts Best Caribbean Shopping Experience- St Thomas
Best Up and Coming Cruise Destination - Antarctica Most Exciting New Cruise Destination-North Africa
Best Caribbean Beaches - Antigua & Jamaica Best Tropical Island - Bora Bora
Best Value Destination - Mexico Best Alaska Shore ExcursionHelicopter Glacier Walking
Best Worldwide Tour Operator - A & K Best Pre/Post Cruise Experience - Miami
Best New Homeport - Mobile Alabama Best All-Inclusive Resort - Sandals
Best All-Inclusive Couples Resorts - Sandals Best African Safari Tour Operator- CC Africa
Best Pre and Post Miami Hotel - Mandarin Oriental Most Exotic Itineraries - Oceana Cruise Lines
Best Theme Cruises - Carnival Cruising's Best-Kept Secret-Victoria & Vancouver
Best Onboard Spa Operator - Steiner Best Cruise Souvenir - Tortuga Rum Cake
Best Caribbean Shore Excursion Chukka Caribbean Adventure Best U.S. Homeport - Port Everglages
Best European Shore Excursion - Hermitage St Petersburg Best Caribbean Resort - Atlantis - Paradise Island and all 13 Sandals Resorts
Most Innovative New Travel Product- Passport MD View Best Shore Excursions & Cruise Tours

2009 Island Cruise Editor Picks Awards

Each year we honor the World's top cruise lines and celebrate the best of cruising with the announcement of the Cruise Picks Awards. This year we have selected winners in thirty-one categories, reflecting the diversity of the cruise ships and amenities available to travelers today. Our congratulations go to the winning cruise lines listed below.
The 2009 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Award winners are:
Accommodations & Service
Best Big Ship Luxury Enclave - MSC Cruises - (MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida)
Best for Big Ship Suites - NCL - Courtyard Villas
Best for Cabins - Holland America Line
Best Luxury Service - Crystal Cruises
Best Luxury Staterooms - Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Best Cruise Line Private Island - Disney - Castaway Cay
Best for Activities - Holland America Line
Best for Nightlife - Carnival Cruise Lines
Best Sun Deck - Celebrity Cruises - (Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Equinox)

Body and Soul
Best for Fitness Enthusiasts - Royal Caribbean International
Best Spas - Costa Cruises - (Samsara Spa)

Cruise Styles
Best Family Cruise Line - Royal Caribbean International
Best for Adventure - Lindblad Expeditions
Best for Couples - Princes Cruises
Best for First Timers - Carnival Cruise Lines
Best for Kids - Royal Caribbean International - (Freedom Class)
Best for Romance - Princess Cruises
Best for Sophisticated Singles - Cunard Line
Best for Teens - Royal Caribbean International - (Freedom Class)
Best Luxury Cruise Line - Crystal Cruises
Best River Cruise Line - Uniworld
Best Sailing Ship - Windstar Cruises

Food and Dining
Best Buffet - Carnival Cruise Lines
Best for Healthy Dining - Celebrity Cruises
Best Luxury Dining - Seabourn Cruise Line
Best Main Dining - Carnival Cruise Lines
Best Specialty Restaurants - Oceania Cruises

Best Kept Secret - MSC Cruises - (MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida)
Best New Luxury Ship - Seabourn Odyssey
Best New River Ship - Uniworld's River Beatrice
Best New Ship - Celebrity Cruises - (Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Equinox)

Weddings and Honeymoons
Best for a Honeymoon Splurge - SeaDream Yacht Club
Best for Weddings At Sea - Princess Cruises


Average Honeymoon Cost $ 3, 471.00 - 7 Nights

Top # Honeymoon Destinations

  • Caribbean 31%

  • Hawaii 15%

  • Mexico 15%

Interesting Wedding & Honeymoon Facts

  • 19 % of all Engagements occur in December.
  • Destination Weddings Now Account for 15% of all weddings & are growing rapidly.
  • Average # of Guests for Destination Weddings = 56
  • Average Age for New Brides 27 & 29 for Grooms
  • 90 % Have Some College
  • 35% of Destination Weddings are Beach Weddings
  • 21% are Cruise Ship Weddings and Growing the Fastest
  • Most Secluded & Romantic Honeymoon Destinations - Tahiti & Fiji
  • # 1 Romantic Honeymoon - Tahiti - Bora Bora Hotel - Over The Water Bungalow - St Regis Resort where Couples Retreat was Filmed
  • Most Secluded Romantic Resort - Valtulele Fiji- Only 18 rooms
  • Top Romantic Caribbean Islands - Antigua, St John, St Lucia, Belize
  • Top Adventure Caribbean Honeymoon - Costa Rica 
  • Best Diving Honeymoon - Belize & Turks & Cacios
  • Best Island Honeymoon Value - Cancun Mexico
  • Top Cruise Ship Private Island - Half Moon Cay Bahamas - Holland America


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