2014 was an incredibly successful year for Carnival Cruise Line, with Cruise Fever readers selecting the company as the winner of the site’s coveted Best Cruise Line award! The British-American owned cruise line drew in more votes than any other contender, standing as a testament to the company’s commitment to exceptional customer service, amazing itineraries and unforgettable on-board experiences.
A year of new initiatives
One of the driving forces behind Carnival’s sweepstake win was the unveiling of an array of exciting new initiatives in 2014. These include the enchanting Suess at Sea programme, the marine themed Camp Ocean kids club and the amplified Carnival LIVE concert series which showcased a cherry picked line-up of well-known bands.
Fleet wide revamps
As well as unique new initiatives Carnival also spent 2014 rolling out Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements across the fleet. This saw the line’s ship’s fitted out with a range of up-to-the-minute on-board entertainment including Playlist Productions shows, George Lopez’s Punchliner Comedy Club evenings and larger than life Hasbro: the Game Show sessions. Passengers were also treated to additional dining options, with Guy’s Burger Joint and Mexican themed Blue Iguana Cantina two of our top picks!
While Carnival Cruise Lines was crowned the overall winner the Cruise Fever awards also recognised a handful of other stand-out companies.
Quantum of the Seas – Best New Cruise Ship
With its plethora of next generation features and at-sea firsts it came as no surprise that Quantum of the Seas was awarded the Best New Cruise Ship crown. Thanks to robotic bartenders, glass enclosed viewing pods, skydiving simulators, surf machines, transformative venues, virtual balconies, Dynamic Dining and more it blew the competition out the water!
Carnival Cruise Line – Best Cruise Line for Families
Carnival revelled in double honours when Cruise Fever fans also picked the company as their favourite line for families. Welcoming on-board over 700,000 little ones a year, Carnival spent 2014 rolling out some fantastic new kids programmes such as Seuss at Sea and Camp Ocean. Team this with family friendly prices and Carnival has a recipe for success!
Most Anticipated New Cruise Ship for 2015 – Anthem of the Seas
Unsurprisingly, Anthem of the Seas has got the industry talking! As sister ship to Quantum the vessel is set to be packed full of cutting edge features. With a launch date of April 2015, the second Quantum class ship will house 4900 passengers and be equipped with all the latest innovations, technological advancements and quirks of its predecessor.
Best Private Island – Half Moon Cay
Sun kissed, relaxing and utterly idyllic, Holland America Line’s Half Moon Cay was awarded Cruise Fever’s Best Private Island for the second year in a row! Sitting in the glittering waters of the Bahamas the crescent shaped slice of paradise is one of the stand-out destinations on an Eastern Caribbean cruise.
Best Cruise Line in Alaska – Princess Cruises
Alaska emerged as one of 2014’s hottest cruise destinations and Princess Cruises was at the forefront of the trend. The line offers some spectacular itineraries showcasing the very best of Alaska’s wild rugged beauty, diverse wildlife and charming glacial towns.
Favourite Cruise Destination – Caribbean
When it comes to cruise destinations the Caribbean reigns supreme. With its year-round warm weather, palm tree fringed beaches, crystal clear waters and laid back vibe it’s an undisputed favourite!
Best Port in the Caribbean – St. Maarten
As for Cruise Fever’s winning Caribbean port? The stunning St. Maarten takes the cake! Sitting off the east coast of Puerto Rico, the postcard perfect island is a mecca for vessels cruising the region.
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