Editor-in-Chief Awards 2014

Editor-in-Chief Awards 2014

PH 189 Each year, Porthole Cruise Magazine’s editor-in-chief, Bill Panoff, has a tough time picking his favorites from the cruise and travel industry. With so many amazing options that await cruisers, these awards give kudos to those who go above and beyond in terms of service, quality, and memorable moments.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

On Board


Best Show at Sea: Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Norwegian Cruise Line)

Best Bar: Molecular Bar (Celebrity Cruises)

Best Burger: Guy’s Burger Joint (Carnival Cruise Lines)

Best Cruise Director: Gary Hunter (Crystal Cruises)

Best Fitness Class: Flywheel Sports indoor cycling (Norwegian Cruise Line) 

Best Dining Experience: Chef Rudi Sodamin’s Master Chef’s Table (Holland America Line)

Best Onboard Thrill: Zip Lining (Royal Caribbean International)

Best Caribbean Newcomer: MSC Divina (MSC Cruises)

Best Makeover: Disney Magic (Disney Cruise Line)

Best Art Collection: Oceania Cruises

Best Spa Operator: Steiner Leisure

Best Cruise Community: Cruise Critic

Best Cruise Programming: Cruise Radio



On Shore


Coolest Alaska Shore Excursion: Temsco Air Glacier Helicopter Tour

Hottest Caribbean Shore Excursion: Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Best Hotel in Europe: The Lanesborough Hotel

Best Hotel in the Caribbean: Jade Mountain

Best All-Inclusive Resorts: Sandals Resorts

Best Pre-Cruise Hotels in Florida: B Hotels & Resorts

Best Worldwide Hotels: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Most Exciting Upcoming Port: Amber Cove, Dominican Republic

Best Limo Service: USA Transportation

Best Cruise Souvenir: Tortuga Rum Cakes

Most Sought-After Jewelry: Crown of Light diamond collection

Best New Product: Slydz Interchangeable Eyewear

Best Port Agency: Virgin Port Services (St. Thomas)

Best Caribbean Tour Operator: Chukka Caribbean Adventures

Best Safari Tour Operator: Micato Safaris

Best U.S. Homeport: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Friendliest Homeport: New Orleans

Best Canada Port: Vancouver

Best Alaska Port: Ketchikan

Best Europe Port: Monte Carlo

Best River Cruise Port: Budapest

Best Caribbean Island: Tortola, BVI

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  1. Charlotte Bodenhorn 1 year ago

    Royal Bahama Cruise Line claims your Porthole magazine awarded their Bahamas Celebration as the “Best Bahamas Getaway Cruise for three years in a row.” Is this correct? What years did this award go to the Bahamas Celebration? I’ve not been able to locate this information. If you could verify the truth of this claim, I’d appreciate it.

    • Porthole Cruise Magazine Author

      Porthole Cruise Magazine is not associated with Bahamas Celebration, Caribbean Cruise Line, Royal Bahama Cruise Line or any free cruise promotions.

      Bahamas Celebration did receive Editor-in-Chief awards for Best Bahamas Getaway from 2009 to 2011.

      Hope this helps.

  2. Rebecca Knight 1 year ago

    The Captain of the MSC Divina said on our cruise this past week that the Divina had received the award for Best Entertainment from Porthole magazine. I haven’t seen this in either 2013 or 2014. Did I miss it?

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