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Cruise Critic Names World's Most Popular Cruises for 2018
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Viking Ocean Cruises sweeps its category, nabbing nine first place awards; Carnival Breeze named best for families

EWING, N.J., Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Cruise Critic(®), the world's leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community, has announced the winners of its 8(th) annual Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards - naming the most popular cruise ships of the year, based on consumer reviews shared on Cruise Critic over the past 12 months. The site boasts the largest online cruise community in the world with more than 350,000 cruise reviews, covering approximately 500 of the most popular cruise ships.

"What's fun to see in this year's list of winners is the wide range of ships awarded as the best of the best," explains Colleen McDaniel, Senior Executive Editor of Cruise Critic. "You have two of the largest ships at sea, alongside luxury yachts and small expedition ships that sail to some of the most far-flung destinations across the globe. As different as these ships are, the common thread is the exceptional ratings they received from actual guests. Whether you're looking for a mega ship or a more intimate vessel, a port-heavy itinerary or laid-back beach escape, this list is a fantastic resource to guide to you to a ship perfectly suited to your needs."

Large Ship Category

    --  Celebrity Cruises was this year's big winner in the Large Ship Category,
        winning five awards, including Best Overall, Best Dining, Best Public
        Rooms and Best Service for Celebrity Equinox, and Best for Value for
        Celebrity Silhouette. Celebrity Silhouette sails a number of
        itineraries, including the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Baltic and has
        been praised for its wide range of dining and entertainment options
        onboard.
    --  Royal Caribbean International received four awards in the Large Ship
        Category, including Best Cabins, Best Embarkation and Best for Fitness &
        Recreation for Harmony of the Seas, and Best Entertainment for Allure of
        the Seas. Allure of the Seas features a number of chart-topping shows
        including Mamma Mia! and How to Train Your Dragon performed on ice.

Mid-Size Ship Category

    --  Oceania Cruises was awarded the most accolades in the Mid-Size Category,
        snagging five awards for Best Overall, Best Cabins, Best Dining, Best
        for Fitness & Recreation and Best Public Rooms for its ship, Riviera.
        This is the fourth consecutive year that the line was awarded in all
        five categories. Riviera offers Caribbean, Baltic and Mediterranean
        sailings, and will begin sailing to Cuba in 2019.
    --  Celestyal Cruises won two awards in the Mid-Size Category for its
        Celestyal Crystal - Best Shore Excursions and Best for Value. The ship
        sailed Cuba year-round, but will be redeployed to sail in the
        Mediterranean later in 2018.

Small-Mid Ship Category

    --  Viking Ocean Cruises was the runaway winner in the Small-Mid Category,
        winning in every category but one - Viking Sea was named Best Overall,
        Best Cabins, Best for Fitness & Recreation, Best Shore Excursions and
        Best for Value; Viking Sky was named Best Entertainment and Best Public
        Rooms; and Viking Star was named Best Dining and Best Service. Viking
        Sea was also named Best for First-Timers across all size categories.

Small Ship Category

    --  Windstar Cruises won four awards in the Small Category - all for
        different ships in its fleet. Star Pride was named Best Cabins, Wind
        Spirit named Best for Fitness & Recreation, Wind Star named Best Service
        and Star Legend, Best Public Rooms. Wind Star and Wind Spirit are both
        four-masted sailing ships, while Star Pride and Star Legend are luxury
        yachts.
    --  Silversea Cruises won three awards in the Small Category - Best Overall,
        Best Shore Excursions and Best for Value - for its 100-passenger Silver
        Galapagos. The ship is all-inclusive and offers year-round Galapagos
        cruises.

The winners of the 8(th) annual Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards are awarded in four ship size classes, based on passenger capacity (Large: 2,000+ passengers; Mid-Size: 1,200 to 1,999 passengers; Small-Mid Size: 400- 1,199 passengers; Small: Fewer than 400 passengers.) The rankings are calculated using ratings published with user-submitted reviews on Cruise Critic.

First-place winners include:

Best Cruise Overall
Celebrity Equinox (Large) - Celebrity Cruises
Riviera (Mid-Sized) - Oceania Cruises
Viking Sea (Small-Mid) - Viking Ocean Cruises
Silver Galapagos (Small) - Silversea Cruises

Best Cruise Ship Cabins
Harmony of the Seas (Large) - Royal Caribbean International
Riviera (Mid-Sized) - Oceania Cruises
Viking Sea (Small-Mid) - Viking Ocean Cruises
Star Pride (Small) - Windstar Cruises

Best Cruise Ships for Dining
Celebrity Equinox (Large) - Celebrity Cruises
Riviera (Mid-Sized) - Oceania Cruises
Viking Star (Small-Mid) - Viking Ocean Cruises
National Geographic Explorer (Small) - Lindblad Expeditions

Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Harmony of the Seas (Large) - Royal Caribbean International
Amsterdam (Mid-Sized) - Holland America Line
Pacific Princess (Small-Mid) - Princess Cruises
Celebrity Xpedition (Small) - Celebrity Cruises

Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment
Allure of the Seas (Large) - Royal Caribbean International
Disney Wonder (Mid-Sized) - Disney Cruise Line
Viking Sky (Small-Mid) - Viking Ocean Cruises
L'Austral (Small) -- Ponant

Best Cruise Ships for Fitness & Recreation
Harmony of the Seas (Large) - Royal Caribbean International
Riviera (Mid-Sized) - Oceania Cruises
Viking Sea (Small-Mid) - Viking Ocean Cruises
Wind Spirit (Small) - Windstar Cruises

Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms
Celebrity Equinox (Large) - Celebrity Cruises
Riviera (Mid-Sized) - Oceania Cruises
Viking Sky (Small-Mid) - Viking Ocean Cruises
Star Legend (Small) - Windstar Cruises

Best Cruise Ships for Service
Celebrity Equinox (Large) - Celebrity Cruises
Amsterdam (Mid-Sized) - Holland America Line
Viking Star (Small-Mid) - Viking Ocean Cruises
Wind Star (Small) - Windstar Cruises

Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions
Carnival Breeze (Large) - Carnival Cruise Line
Celestyal Crystal (Mid-Sized) - Celestyal Cruises
Viking Sea (Small-Mid) - Viking Ocean Cruises
Silver Galapagos (Small) - Silversea Cruises

Best Cruise Ships for Value
Celebrity Silhouette (Large) - Celebrity Cruises
Celestyal Crystal (Mid-Sized) - Celestyal Cruises
Viking Sea (Small-Mid) - Viking Ocean Cruises
Silver Galapagos (Small) - Silversea Cruises

Best Cruises for Families
Carnival Breeze - Carnival Cruise Line

Best for First Timers
Viking Sea - Viking Ocean Cruises

For the full list of winners, visit the 2018 Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards. For photos of the winning ships, click here.

Note to Editors: To ensure these awards offer the best reflection of customer satisfaction, the awards are based entirely on ratings submitted with reviews published on CruiseCritic.com. There is no voting component.

This list of winners represents Cruise Critic's Global Cruisers' Choice Awards. To view the separate list of UK winners, click here.

About Cruise Critic
Cruise Critic® is an online cruise guide, offering a comprehensive resource for cruise travelers, from first-time cruisers to avid cruise enthusiasts. The site features more than 350,000 cruise reviews and hosts the world's largest online cruise community where travelers share experiences and opinions with fellow cruisers. Cruise Critic was the first consumer cruise site on the Internet, launched in October 1995 by The Independent Traveler, Inc., a subsidiary of TripAdvisor, Inc.

TripAdvisor-branded sites are home to the world's largest travel community of 455 million average monthly unique visitors*, with over 570 million reviews and opinions covering the world's largest selection of travel listings worldwide -- covering 7.3 million accommodations, airlines, attractions, and restaurants.

The subsidiaries and affiliates of TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) own and operate a portfolio of websites under 20 other travel media brands:
www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.citymaps.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.thefork.com (including www.lafourchette.com, www.eltenedor.com, www.iens.nl and www.dimmi.com.au), www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.housetrip.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com, www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.vacationhomerentals.com and www.viator.com.

*Source: TripAdvisor log files, average monthly unique visitors, Q3 2017

Media Contact:
Aubrey Manzo Dunn, PR Manager
aubrey@cruisecritic.com
(609) 583-0054

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