10Best Readers’ Choice Awards Winners Announced

The results are in for the 10Best Readers' Choice Awards Winners (2021)! See if your favorite cruise lines and ships made the list.

10Best Readers’ Choice Awards Winners Announced (2021)

Earlier this year, a panel of cruise experts (including yours truly) partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees in a number of cruise categories for the Readers’ Choice Awards. Then, voting opened online to the public, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Now, the results are in! The 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards winners have just been announced.

Did your favorite cruise lines and ships make the list?

Best Ocean Cruise Line

The top 10 winners in the category Best Ocean Cruise Line are as follows:

  1. Carnival Cruise Line
  2. Viking Ocean Cruises
  3. Princess Cruises
  4. MSC Cruises
  5. Cunard
  6. Royal Caribbean International
  7. Celebrity Cruises
  8. Holland America Line
  9. Hurtigruten
  10. Disney Cruise Line
Carnival Panorama Ship Scorecard - 10Best Readers' Choice Awards Winners

Best River Cruise Line

The top 10 winners in the category Best River Cruise Line are as follows:

  1. Viking River Cruises
  2. Avalon Waterways
  3. Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
  4. American Cruise Lines
  5. Riviera River Cruises
  6. European Waterways
  7. American Queen Steamboat Company
  8. AmaWaterways
  9. Abercrombie & Kent
  10. UnCruise Adventures

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Best Boutique Cruise Line

The top 10 winners in the category Best Boutique Cruise Line are as follows:

  1. Windstar Cruises
  2. American Cruise Lines
  3. Viking Ocean Cruises
  4. Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
  5. Star Clippers
  6. Seabourn Cruise Line
  7. Oceania Cruises
  8. American Queen Steamboat Company
  9. Ponant
  10. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
10Best Readers' Choice Awards Winners

Best Adventure Cruise Line

The top 10 winners in the category Best Adventure Cruise Line are as follows:

  1. Adventure Canada
  2. Lindblad Expeditions
  3. Aurora Expeditions
  4. Quark Expeditions
  5. Star Clippers
  6. Hurtigruten
  7. Abercrombie & Kent
  8. UnCruise Adventures
  9. Celebrity Cruises
  10. Ponant

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Best Cruise Ship for Dining

The top 10 winners in the category Best Cruise Ship for Dining are as follows:

  1. Carnival Horizon – Carnival Cruise Line
  2. Royal Princess – Princess Cruises
  3. Viking Star – Viking Ocean Cruises
  4. Celebrity Edge – Celebrity Cruises
  5. Koningsdam – Holland America Line
  6. Wind Surf – Windstar Cruises
  7. Viking Sea – Viking Ocean Cruises
  8. Oasis of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International
  9. Marina – Oceania Cruises
  10. Viking Jupiter – Viking Ocean Cruises
10Best Readers' Choice Awards Winners

Best Cruise Ship for Families

The top 10 winners in the category Best Cruise Ship for Families are as follows:

  1. Carnival Horizon – Carnival Cruise Line
  2. MSC Meraviglia – MSC Cruises
  3. Regal Princess – Princess Cruises
  4. Carnival Vista – Carnival Cruise Line
  5. Carnival Panorama – Carnival Cruise Line
  6. Disney Dream – Disney Cruise Line
  7. Disney Magic – Disney Cruise Line
  8. Symphony of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International
  9. Disney Fantasy – Disney Cruise Line
  10. Allure of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International

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Best Large Cruise Ship

The top 10 winners in the category Best Large Cruise Ship are as follows:

  1. MSC Meraviglia – MSC Cruises
  2. Sky Princess – Princess Cruises
  3. Carnival Horizon – Carnival Cruise Line
  4. Celebrity Reflection – Celebrity Cruises
  5. Carnival Vista – Carnival Cruise Line
  6. Carnival Panorama – Carnival Cruise Line
  7. Symphony of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International
  8. MSC Bellissima – MSC Cruises
  9. Allure of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International
  10. Oasis of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International
10Best Readers' Choice Awards Winners

Best Mid-Sized Cruise Ship

The top 10 winners in the category Best Mid-Sized Cruise Ship are as follows:

  1. Island Princess – Princess Cruises
  2. Carnival Sunshine – Carnival Cruise Line
  3. Queen Mary 2 – Cunard
  4. Celebrity Edge – Celebrity Cruises
  5. Celebrity Apex – Celebrity Cruises
  6. Queen Elizabeth – Cunard
  7. Koningsdam – Holland America Line
  8. Celebrity Millennium – Celebrity Cruises
  9. Nieuw Statendam – Holland America Line
  10. Queen Victoria – Cunard

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Best Small Cruise Ship

The top 10 winners in the category Best Small Cruise Ship are as follows:

  1. Viking Orion – Viking Ocean Cruises
  2. Royal Clipper – Star Clippers
  3. Celebrity Flora – Celebrity Cruises
  4. Viking Star – Viking Ocean Cruises
  5. The Gauguin – Paul Gauguin Cruises
  6. Wind Surf – Windstar Cruises
  7. Viking Jupiter – Viking Ocean Cruises
  8. Viking Sea – Viking Ocean Cruises
  9. Seabourn Encore – Seabourn Cruise Line
  10. Seabourn Ovation – Seabourn Cruise Line
10Best Readers' Choice Awards Winners

Best River Cruise Ship

The top 10 winners in the category Best River Cruise Ship are as follows:

  1. Avalon Envision – Avalon Waterways
  2. Viking Einar – Viking River Cruises
  3. American Song – American Cruise Lines
  4. American Queen – American Queen Steamboat Company
  5. Avalon Tranquility II – Avalon Waterways
  6. S.S. Joie de Vivre – Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
  7. S.S. Maria Theresa – Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
  8. S.S. Beatrice – Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
  9. American Duchess – American Queen Steamboat Company
  10. American Countess – American Queen Steamboat Company

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Best New Cruise Ship

The top 10 winners in the category Best New Cruise Ship are as follows:

  1. Mardi Gras – Carnival Cruise Line
  2. MSC Seashore – MSC Cruises
  3. Enchanted Princess – Princess Cruise Lines
  4. American Melody – American Cruise Lines
  5. Viking Venus – Viking Ocean Cruises
  6. Costa Toscana – Costa Cruises
  7. Celebrity Apex – Celebrity Cruises
  8. Scarlet Lady – Virgin Voyages
  9. Rotterdam – Holland America Line
  10. Odyssey of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International
reasons to book a cruise early

We would like to congratulate all the winners! It looks like Carnival Cruise Line was the big winner this year, taking home the top spot in four separate categories. While we have cruised on many of these brands, there are still a few that we look forward to testing out once cruising resumes. Like most, we can’t wait to hit the high seas again once it is safe to do so.

Hopefully, this provides a little inspiration for you to start planning some cruises. Now is the perfect time to book a 2022 cruise!

Comments

So, did your favorite cruise lines and cruise ships make the list? Which of these brands are you cruising on next? Drop us an anchor below to share your upcoming cruise plans.

Heidi is a physical therapist by profession, cruise enthusiast at heart, and Princess all the time! She is a self-confessed thrill seeker, obsessive planner, and over-packer. She is always looking for the latest and greatest adventures onboard and ashore, enjoys researching top things to do in ports of call, and loves dressing up for formal nights.
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