The best cruise ships in the world for 2013

The 2013 Cruisers’ Choice Awards winners


The best cruise ships in the world for 2013, according to readers of Cruise Critic (an offshoot of online review site TripAdvisor), is Disney Fantasy Cruise, the newest addition to Disney’s fleet of luxury cruise ships.

The ship also took the top spot in the Large Ship Best Cabins, Best Entertainment, Best Public Rooms and Best Service categories.

This is only the second time in the history of the awards that Disney has earned a top spot in any ship category, let alone five top spots. Last year, Disney Fantasy also topped the Best Cabins list.

“What’s really exciting about Disney Fantasy is that with the addition of this new class of ship, Disney is really starting to reach out and appeal to a broader base of travelers,” Carolyn Spencer Brown, Cruise Critic editor in chief, said. “Disney’s gone from being a niche line to one that’s comparable to something like Celebrity or Princess. The high scores that we are seeing almost across the board are a testament to how well-run and well-designed the ship is.”

The 2013 Cruisers’ Choice Awards winners were selected based on reviews submitted by cruisers for cruises taken during 2012. Awards are given in three ship classes: small (1,199 passengers), midsized (1,200 – 1,999) and large (2,000+).

“These awards are based entirely on reviews submitted by cruisers, so they offer a terrific insight into what consumers think of the ships they have sailed on,” Spencer Brown said.

The best cruise ships in the world for 2013, according to readers of Cruise Critic:

Best Large Ships
Disney Fantasy: Best Overall Large Ship, Best Cabins, Best Entertainment, Best Public Rooms, Best Service
Disney Dream: Best Shore Excursions
Celebrity Reflection: Best Dining
Allure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean): Best for Fitness, Best for Embarkation
Celebrity Eclipse: Best Value for Money


Best Mid-Sized Ships
Noordam (Holland America): Best Overall Mid-Sized Ship
Marina (Oceania): Best Cabins, Best Dining, Best Public Rooms
Thomson Dream: Best Entertainment, Best Service
Westerdam (Holland America): Best for Fitness, Best Shore Excursions
Norwegian Spirit: Best Value for Money
Celebrity Summit:Best for Embarkation

Best Small Ships
Azamara Quest: Best Overall Small Ship, Best for Fitness, Best for Service
Azamara Journey: Best Value for Money
Crystal Serenity: Best Dining, Best Entertainment
Crystal Symphony: Best Public Rooms
Seabourn Odyssey: Best Cabins
Seven Seas Navigator (Regent): Best Shore Excursions
Wind Surf (Windstar):Best for Embarkation

Best for Families (all ship sizes): Disney Fantasy

Best Destination Cruises
Best Cruise to Alaska: Volendam (Holland America)
Best Cruise to the Bahamas: Disney Dream
Best Cruise to the Caribbean: Disney Fantasy
Best Cruise to the Mediterranean: Riviera (Oceania)
Best from Florida: Disney Fantasy
Best from the Northeast: Norwegian Star
Best from the West Coast Westerdam (Holland America).