Thursday 18 July 2019

Ireland's favourite cruise line - you voted, and here's the result!

Reader Travel Awards 2017

Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas
Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International's Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest and newest cruise ship, sails into Southampton, UK.
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Cruise holidays are more popular than ever for Irish people… but which cruise line is your favourite for 2017?

WINNER: Royal Caribbean

Cruise holidays are booming in popularity, as Irish holidaymakers realise the breadth and diversity of what’s on offer. Royal Caribbean beat several contenders, including Celebrity Cruises and MSC, to take the title of Ireland’s Favourite Cruise Line.

“An experience of a lifetime,” was how one reader described their cruise. “You pay a bit more with Royal Caribbean, but you get what you pay for, as the saying goes,” added another. “Staff are just amazing,” we were told, and despite the mushrooming competition, “still the best I’ve been on.” 

Interestingly, both Irish Ferries and Stena Line scored highly in this category — so perhaps we’ll have them face off in a ferry category next year! Our judges were also surprised to see River Shannon cruises get numerous mentions — a whole other kind of cruise holiday, but a hidden gem that we think could be due a revival in 2017. After all, no licence is required to drive the boats.

After launching Harmony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, this year, Royal Caribbean’s fourth Oasis class vessel will set sail in 2018.

YOUR SAY: “Royal Caribbean! Tailored itineraries, fantastic value and locations, more food that is possible to devour and the most welcoming staff aboard!”

Royal Caribbean International's Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest and newest cruise ship, sails into Southampton, UK.
Royal Caribbean International's Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest and newest cruise ship, sails into Southampton, UK.

YOUR SAY: “I've found Celebrity’s ships well equipped for great holidays, with wonderfully appointed cabins, food that's unparalleled in variety and taste and entertainment all day and night for those who want it.”

YOUR SAY: “Hurtigruten’s smaller cruise liners manage to get into the smaller fjords, allowing you to absorb the magnificent scenery of Norway.”

More from our Reader Travel Awards 2017:

Ireland's Favourite Airline: Our readers reveal their No.1! Revealed: Ireland's favourite overseas holiday destination Flying High: This is Ireland's top travel agent, according to you... Revealed: Ireland's Top 10 home holiday destinations Pampering time? This is the best spa in Ireland - according to you! Ireland's best breakfast revealed - here's your favourite morning feast! Ireland's favourite cruise line - you voted, and the results are in! Best family-friendly place to stay in Ireland? Our readers have chosen! John & Francis Brennan's tourism survival guide: six tips for success Ireland's best hotel: Our favourite place to stay, according to you! Meet Martin Corbett, your 'Face of Irish Hospitality' for 2017! Ireland's Top 10 beaches - as chosen by you! Best Irish Adventure: The activity you most want to do in 2017 Ireland's Hidden Gem: The No.1 place you think should be better known Is this Ireland's tastiest food experience? Our readers say yes!

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