Silver Award: Celebrity Cruises
Bronze Award: Holland America Line
It’s hard to beat Disney Cruise Line, which has been consistently wowing cruisers young and old since Disney Magic first set sail in 1998. Disney’s attention to detail is legendary: Staterooms have special split bathrooms with separate toilet and vanity areas; kids have their very own deck with age-specific activities and public rooms; and waiters follow families from one dining room to another as they rotate throughout the several options over the course of the week. You don’t have to love Mickey Mouse to love a Disney cruise but you can count them: Designers have hidden the visage of the famous cartoon mouse all over the fleet.
Celebrity Cruises, on the other hand, wows adults with its handsome Solstice-class ships that feature a half-acre of real grass on their top decks; expansive spas bordered by floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and dramatic main dining rooms that span two decks in height. Best of all, Celebrity pays close attention to refitting their existing fleet with new dining and entertainment choices.
Holland America Line sometimes gets a bad rap for their supposedly older clientele, but that’s a stereotype that is quickly winding its way into cruising’s dust bin. Expect a relaxed, traditional cruise experience aboard these elegant dam ships.