Posted by Susan O’Driscoll
Is Royal Caribbean the world's No. 1 cruise line? It is according to the readers of Travel Weekly.
The Reader’s Choice Awards were held last night at the Plaza Hotel in New York and the Miami-based cruise line swept half a dozen categories in the awards, including the top spot for "cruise line, overall" as well as "cruise line, domestic" and "cruise line, Caribbean."
The line’s newest addition, Oasis of the Seas, also won "cruise ship, rookie" and "cruise ship, overall."
Celebrity Cruises won in the categories of "cruise line, premium" and "cruise line, Europe" and Celebrity's groundbreaking two-year-old Celebrity Solstice took home the award for "cruise ship, premium."
Princess Cruises won the award in the "cruise line, Alaska" category while Crystal Cruises won in the luxury category. Viking River Cruises won for top river line, and Avalon Waterways' Avalon Scenery won for top river ship.
"The professionals who read and rely on Travel Weekly have the expertise to select those businesses, destinations and hotels that provide a higher level of service to their clients," editor in chief Arnie Weissmann said at the event. "Our readers can be confident that these winners represent the best this industry has to offer."
Travel Weekly also presented Lifetime Achievement Awards at the event to two cruise industry leaders: Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (the parent company of both Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises); and Jimmy Murphy, chairman of river cruise line AmaWaterways.