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Best-of-the best Luxury Cruise Awards 2018: Large ships

Crystal’s twin vessels, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, have long been hailed for their intuitive service, inspired dining experiences, Broadway entertainment and itineraries that delve into the destination.

Oceania puts dining first, earning its tagline for the ‘Finest Cuisine at Sea’. As well as restaurants overseen by Jacques Pepin, guests get hands-on with gastronomic adventures and excursions.

With Viking Sun paying her first visit to Sydney this year, the Australian market is only just beginning to realise how refined the Viking experience is. Think Scandinavian-chic interiors, cultural programs and unique on-shore encounters.

Finalists: Cunard Line

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Best entry-level cabins

1. Crystal Cruises
2. Viking Ocean Cruises
3. Oceania Cruises

Best top-of-the-range suites

1. Crystal Cruises
2. Oceania Cruises
3. Viking Ocean Cruises

Best service

1. Crystal Cruises
2. Viking Ocean Cruises
3. Oceania Cruises

Best cuisine/dining experience

1. Crystal Cruises
2. Oceania Cruises
3. Viking Ocean Cruises

Best shore excursions

=1. Crystal Cruises
=1. Viking Ocean Cruises
3. Oceania Cruises

Best décor/ambience

1. Crystal Cruises
2. Oceania Cruises
3. Viking Ocean Cruises

Best entertainment

1. Crystal Cruises
2. Oceania Cruises
3. Cunard Line

Best wellness programs

1. Crystal Cruises
=2. Oceania Cruises
=2. Viking Ocean Cruises

Best itineraries

1. Oceania Cruises
=2. Crystal Cruises
=2. Viking Ocean Cruises

Best fully inclusive offer

1. Crystal Cruises
2. Viking Ocean Cruises
3. Oceania Cruises

About the awards

Our 2018 Luxury Cruise Awards are following up the success of the inaugural Signature Luxury Travel & Style Cruise Awards last year, we have reassembled our panel to vote on their top three cruise lines across a range of categories. In addition to our original categories – large, small, boutique, tall ship, river and expedition – we have added the best ships for a multigenerational escape and the tour operators that elevate the cruise experience even further.