Disney Cruise Line is emerging as a leader and customer favorite in the industry, after the brand took the top spot across 13 categories in a critics’ choice awards.
According to the users of the world’s largest cruise review site Cruise Critic, a subsidiary of TripAdvisor, the brand’s newest ship Disney Fantasy is the standard-bearer for quality cruising, having snagged the most coveted title of Best Ship for the second year in a row.
Disney Fantasy also topped the 2014 Cruisers’ Choice Awards in nine other categories including best cabins, dining, and best for families.
Designed to evoke the golden age of ocean liners from the 1930s, guests who board the Disney Fantasy are greeted with a sweeping grand staircase, fluted columns, marble and stone inlay flooring and a cascading chandelier.
To remind them they’re on a Disney cruise, naked Grecian statues are replaced with a statue of Minnie Mouse, cast in bronze.
The fourth Disney ship is 40 percent larger than its predecessors the Disney Magic and Wonder.
Awards are based on reviews submitted for cruises taken in 2013. Cruise Critic receives more than 100,000 reviews which cover 400 ships.
Seabourn Quest also emerged a favorite among cruisers, taking the top spot for Best Ship in the small ship category along with Best Public Rooms and Best Value-for-Money.
Here are some of the winner highlights in the large ship category:
Best Overall Ship: Disney Fantasy
Best Cabins: Disney Fantasy
Best Dining: Disney Fantasy
Best Embarkation: Oasis of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
Best Entertainment: Disney Fantasy
Best for Fitness: Oasis of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
Best Public Rooms: Disney Fantasy
Best Service: Disney Fantasy
Best Shore Excursions: Carnival Freedom
Best Value-for-Money: Carnival Liberty