2018 CRUIZIE Award Winners for LGBTQ Cruise Travel

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Get out your tuxedos and pearls!  It’s time to announce the  2018 CRUIZIE© Award winners! This marks the 6th consecutive year of the LGBTQ cruise travel community voting on the cruise industry’s “bests,” and we also are pleased to include the first and second runners up in each category. So, since there’s likely no ship’s bartender to do it for you, mix yourself a cocktail and read the results below.

To help ensure the results reflect the LGBTQ cruise community, voting was once again limited to persons who identify as L,G,B, T or Q, and who are members of MeetMeOnboard or our Facebook page. We had a record number of voters again this year, and we are pleased to announce the gay cruise community’s choices.

Best Large Ship Cruise Line for LGBTQ Passengers

Royal Caribbean International

1st Runner up: Celebrity Cruises
2nd Runner up: Norwegian Cruise Line

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Best Small Ship Cruise Line for LGBTQ Passengers

Azamara Club Cruises

1st Runner up: Viking Ocean
2nd Runner up: Windstar Cruises

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Best River Cruise Line for LGBTQ Passengers

Viking River Cruises

1st Runner up: Avalon Waterways
2nd Runner up: AmaWaterways

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Most Appealing New Ship

Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas

1st Runner up: Norwegian Bliss
2nd Runner up (tie): MSC Seaside & Majestic Princess

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Best Onboard LGBTQ Gatherings (Large Ship)

Royal Caribbean International

1st Runner up: Celebrity Cruises
2nd Runner up: Norwegian Cruise Line

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Best Onboard LGBTQ Gatherings (Small Ship)

Azamara Club Cruises

1st Runner up: Viking Ocean
2nd Runner up: Oceania Cruises

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Best Onboard Shows and Entertainment (Large Ship)

Royal Caribbean International

1st Runner up: Norwegian Cruise Line
2nd Runner up: Celebrity Cruises

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Best Onboard Shows and Entertainment (Small Ship)

Azamara Club Cruises

1st Runner up: Viking Ocean
2nd Runner up: Crystal Cruises

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Best Overall Food Experience

Celebrity Cruises

1st Runner up: Royal Caribbean International
2nd Runner up: Norwegian Cruise Line

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Best Buffets (Large Ship)

Celebrity Cruises

1st Runner up: Royal Caribbean International
2nd Runner up: Norwegian Cruise Line

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Best Buffets (Small Ship)

Viking Ocean

1st Runner up: Azamara Club Cruises
2nd Runner up: Oceania Cruises

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Best Overall Shipboard Décor

Celebrity Cruises

1st Runner up: Royal Caribbean International
2nd Runner up: Norwegian Cruise Line

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Most Comfortable Cabins (Cruise Ship)

Celebrity Cruises

1st Runner up: Royal Caribbean International
2nd Runner up: Norwegian International

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Most Comfortable Cabins (River Boat)

Viking River Cruises

1st Runner up: AmaWaterways
2nd Runner up: Avalon Waterways

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Best Onboard Gyms

Royal Caribbean International

1st Runner up: Norwegian Cruise Line
2nd Runner up: Celebrity Cruises

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Best Pool Areas

Royal Caribbean International

1st Runner up: Celebrity Cruises
2nd Runner up (tie) Norwegian Cruise Line & Princess Cruises

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Best Onboard Spa Facilities

Celebrity Cruises

1st Runner up: Royal Caribbean International
2nd Runner up: Norwegian Cruise Line

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Best All-Gay Large Ship Full Charter

Atlantis Events

1st Runner up: RSVP Vacations
2nd Runner up: Olivia

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Best All-Gay Small Ship Full Charter

Brand g Vacations

1st Runner up: GaySail
2nd Runner up: Saltyboys

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Best Gay-Group Cruise Organizer

Arno’s Bear Cruises

1st Runner up: Aquafest
2nd Runner up: Pied Piper Travel

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Best Embark/Debark Port City for LGBTQ Passengers

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

1st Runner up: Barcelona, Spain
2nd Runner up: Miami, Florida