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Travellers' Top Rated Cruise Destinations Revealed

[PRESSWIRE] LONDON, July 26, 2017 -- Cruise Critic, the world's leading cruise review and planning site, has announced the winners of the second Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Destination Awards. The awards name the best cruise destinations of the year – across 15 regions around the world – based entirely on reviews posted to Cruise Critic.com.

"Picking a cruise itinerary isn't easy, particularly given the increasing number of amazing destinations accessible by cruise," explains Adam Coulter, UK managing editor, Cruise Critic. "Analysing first-hand visitor feedback of cruise destinations world-wide enables us to identify those they loved most, which is true testament to their appeal. By sharing this insight, we hope to inspire and guide travellers to select a cruise itinerary, which they too, will love."

Budapest the Best
A popular river cruise destination, Budapest was ranked the Best Cruise Destination for 2017, with the city's beauty and cultural tours commended by travellers. 

Cork, Guernsey and Glasgow Ranked Favourites
Amsterdam was rated top for the second consecutive year in the British Isles and Western Europe destination category. The winner sees calls from a range of river and ocean cruise lines, including Celebrity Cruises and Viking River Cruises. In second place, maintaining its position from 2016 was Cork's Cobh, followed by Lisbon, Guernsey's St. Peter Port, and Glasgow's Greenock in third, fourth and fifth places, respectively.

Other popular ports include St. Petersburg, which sees visits from lines such as MSC Cruises, including its recently launched MSC Meraviglia, and P&O Cruises. Princess Cruises offers 52 St. Petersburg visits in 2017.

Alaska is another hot destination, and Glacier Bay maintained the number one spot in the Alaska category. In response to demand for Alaska itineraries, some cruise lines have increased capacity to this region, including Holland America Line which this year added its seventh Alaska-serving ship, ms Oosterdam. After a fifteen-year absence, Seabourn has returned to Alaska with Seabourn Sojourn.

Sail into a Game of Thrones Set 
Dubrovnik, a new entry for this year's awards, sees visits from the likes of Thomson Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania, and was highly acclaimed by visitors for its churches, monasteries, and Game of Thrones tours. Singapore, another new entry, was praised by visitors for its cleanliness and stunning Gardens by the Bay nature park, and can also be reached direct from the UK with lines such as Cunard, Fred. Olsen Cruise Line and P&O Cruises.

Brits favour Europe and the Baltics
Kotor, Mykonos, Tallinn, Dubrovnik and Copenhagen were the destinations UK travellers ranked in their top five, respectively.

First Place Cruise Destinations:
Top-Rated British Isles and Western Europe PortAmsterdam 
Top-Rated Alaska PortGlacier Bay
Top-Rated Asia & South Pacific PortSingapore
Top-Rated Australia & New Zealand PortAkaroa
Top-Rated Private Islands PortDisney Cruise Line's Castaway Cay 
Top-Rated Baltic & Scandinavia PortSt. Petersburg
Top-Rated Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda PortKings Wharf
Top-Rated Southern Caribbean PortCuracao
Top-Rated Western Caribbean & Riviera Maya PortCozumel 
Top-Rated Eastern Mediterranean PortDubrovnik
Top Rated European River PortBudapest
Top Rated Western Mediterranean PortVillefranche
Top-Rated Hawaii PortKauai
Top-Rated Mexican Riviera, Central & South America Port:  Cabo San Lucas
Top-Rated US & Canada PortQuebec City

For the full list of winners, visit the 2017 Cruise Critic Cruisers' Destination Awards
For photos of the winning destinations, please click here
For the video of the winning destinations, click here.

About Cruise Critic

Cruise Critic® is an online cruise guide, offering a comprehensive resource for cruise travelers, from first-time cruisers to avid cruise enthusiasts. The site features more than 350,000 cruise reviews and hosts the world's largest online cruise community where travelers share experiences and opinions with fellow cruisers. Cruise Critic was the first consumer cruise site on the Internet, launched in October 1995 by The Independent Traveler, Inc., a subsidiary of TripAdvisor, Inc.

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP), through its subsidiaries, manages and operates websites under 23 other travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.comwww.bookingbuddy.comwww.citymaps.comwww.cruisecritic.comwww.familyvacationcritic.comwww.flipkey.comwww.thefork.com (including www.lafourchette.comwww.eltenedor.comwww.iens.nl and www.dimmi.com.au), www.gateguru.comwww.holidaylettings.co.ukwww.holidaywatchdog.comwww.housetrip.comwww.independenttraveler.comwww.jetsetter.comwww.niumba.comwww.onetime.comwww.oyster.comwww.seatguru.comwww.smartertravel.comwww.tingo.comwww.travelpod.comwww.tripbod.comwww.vacationhomerentals.com and www.viator.com. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 390 million average unique monthly visitors* in 49 markets worldwide, and offers advice from millions of travelers, with 465 million reviews and opinions covering 7 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions.
*Source: TripAdvisor log files, Q3 2016

UK Media Contact:
Vikki Bulbeck, Cruise Critic
020 3194 2137

Wednesday, July 26, 2017