(Relaxnews) - New York City’s largest cruise ship, the Norwegian Breakaway, has been named the world’s best new cruise ship for features like The Waterfront -- an open-air deck that allows for al fresco dining by the sea -- and its Big Apple-themed concept.
According to the Cruise Critic, billed as the world’s largest site dedicated to cruise reviews, experts lauded the new liner for putting New York City on the high seas with paintings of the Statue of Liberty, NYC murals and even workout classes created by the world famous Rockettes.
In the luxury category, Regent Seven Seas Cruises took the top spot for its all-inclusive feature that includes free unlimited shore excursions, open bar concept and fine dining options.
And because passengers travel together they're more likely to bond, critics wrote, contributing to a friendly and more social experience.
For the third year in a row, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line took the top spot in Best Entertainment for putting on elaborate Broadway performances of “Hairspray” and “Chicago,” as well as ice skating and aerial shows.
If you’re planning a cruise vacation, consider consulting the list of Best Cruise Lines of 2013:
Best Itineraries: Princess Cruises
The Sapphire Princess Cruise Ship docked outside the Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia.
Best For Adventure: Lindblad Expeditions
The Lindblad Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer pushing through pack and sea ice in Antarctica in the summer months
Best Value-For-Money: Azamara Club Cruises
Al fresco dining on board the Azamara Quest in Sorrento, Italy.
Best For Families: Disney Cruise Line
Fireworks light the early morning sky as the Disney Dream, Disney Cruise Line's newest ship, arrives from Bremerhaven, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, to her home port of Port Canaveral, Fla. The 4,000-passenger cruise ship will make her maiden voyage on Jan. 26.
Best For Luxury: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
A Regent Seven Seas cruise liner in Moorea, French Polynesia.
Best Ship Refurbishment: Carnival Sunshine
Here, the Carnival Sunshine is moored in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. Originally constructed in 1996 and named the Carnival Destiny, the ship recently underwent a $155 million renovation that added a host of new features and enhancements including an additional 182 staterooms.
Best Entertainment: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas pulls out of New Orleans on the Mississippi River.
Best Dining: Oceania Cruises
Oceania's, 1,250-passenger cruise ship Marina is shown docked at the Port of Miami in Miami, Friday, Feb. 4, 2011. Built in Italy, Marina arrived at the port early Friday morning from Barcelona, Spain. The luxury line's new ship was christened Friday and then departs Tuesday on the first of two 18-day Panama Canal transits that include California stops.
Best Standard Cabins: Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Cruises' Reflection Liner
Best Suites: Oceania Cruises
Oceania Cruises' new ship, Marina, arrives in North America for the first time at dawn on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 in Miami after her maiden voyage from Barcelona, Spain which began Jan. 22nd. At 66,000 tons and carrying 1,250 guests, Marina features 10 dining venues including Jacques, the first namesake restaurant for Chef Jacques Pepin. Other highlights include a full-service Canyon Ranch SpaClub, Bon Appetit Culinary Center, Owner's Suites furnished exclusively in Ralph Lauren Home, and a grand stairway custom-crafted by renowned French glass master, Lalique.
Best Inside Cabins: Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line's new cruise ship, Norwegian Breakaway, sailing from Southampton, England, to New York. The ship arrived Tuesday, May 7, and is scheduled to be christened Wednesday, May 8. The art on the exterior hull showing a New York City skyline and Statue of Liberty was designed by artist Peter Max. The ship will homeport from New York.
Best Shore Excursions: Disney Cruise Line
The Disney Magic cruise ship returns to dock in Venice on July 3, 2013 in Venice, Italy. This is the first time since the ship was constructed in nearby Marghera and Ancona that is has returned to Venice after previously setting sail from Venice on July 1, 1998.The ship is in Venice as part of the Disney Cruise Line 2013 Mediterranean season and will return again later this summer. In 2014, the Disney Magic will return to Europe with Venice as its homeport for select sailings.
Best New River Ship: AmaPrima, AmaWaterways
The AmaWaterways river cruise ship AmaPrima in Vilshofen an der Donau, Germany.
Best For Honeymoons: Windstar Cruises
Motorized sail ship Wind Spirit of Windstar Cruises at dock in Gibraltar, U.K.
Best River Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
The MS Bolero, a Viking River Cruises ship, docked on the Danube River in Passau, Germany.
Best Cruise Ship Bar: Martini Bar, Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Cruises's Equinox in Turkey.
Best New Ship: Norwegian Breakaway
Best North American Homeport: Vancouver
Cruise Ship at Canada Place, Vancouver BC
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