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Editor-in-Chief Awards 2015

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Announcing the 2015 Editor-in-Chief Awards!

I’ve always felt lucky to work in this amazing cruise industry. And along with that comes the fortunate opportunities to travel the world and try all sorts of cruise experiences. Along the way, there are destinations, accommodations, and services that stand out and stay with me over time. For this reason, each year I like to share with you my favorite cruise and travel experiences and hopefully inspire your future travel.

Congrats to all of this year’s winners!

Bill Panoff, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

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On Board

Best Bar: SeaView Bar (Princess Cruises)

Best Accommodations: The Haven (Norwegian Cruise Line)

Best Entertainment Outlet: Carnival Live Concert Series

Best Production Show: Witches of Paris (MSC Divina)

Best Cruise Director: Gary Hunter (Crystal Cruises)

Best Workout: TRX Suspension Training

Best Dining Experience: Remy (Disney Cruise Line)

Best Cruise Line Chef: Master Chef Rudi Sodamin (Holland America Line)

Best New Onboard Thrill: Ripcord by iFly skydiving simulator (Royal Caribbean International)

Best Makeover: Crystal Symphony

Best Art Collection: Oceania Cruises

Best Spa Treatment: Thermage CPT

On Shore

Best Way to See Alaska: Temsco Air Glacier Helicopter Tour

Coolest Alaska Shore Excursion: White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad

Best South Florida Shore Excursion: Jungle Queen Riverboat (Fort Lauderdale)

Best Bar on Shore: Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

Best Europe Luxury Hotel: The Lanesborough Hotel

Best Caribbean Luxury Hotel: Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

Best Caribbean Family Resort: Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Best All-Inclusive Resorts: Sandals Resorts

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

Best Hotel Cruise Collection: Sonesta

Best Worldwide Hotels: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Best Limo Service: USA Transportation

Best Cruise Souvenir: Tortuga Rum Cakes

Best Caribbean Tour Operator: Chukka Caribbean Adventures

Best Safari Tour Operator: Abercrombie & Kent

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

Best U.S. Homeport: Miami

Friendliest Homeport: New Orleans

Best-Kept-Secret Port: Tampa

Most Exciting Upcoming Port: Amber Cove, Dominican Republic

Best Canada Port: Vancouver

Best Alaska Port: Ketchikan

Best Europe Port: Monte Carlo

Best River Cruise Port: Prague

Best Caribbean Island: Grand Cayman

Most Loyal Porthole Reader: Robert Alspach

Centerville, OH

Subscriber since 1996

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6 Comments

  1. Do you know anything about Caribbean Cruise Line? They reference Pothole Magazine in their advertisements claiming they were voted #1 Cruise Line by you for the last 3 years.

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

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

      Hope this helps.

      • Hi i know this comment was awhile ago but todays 1/31/2016 and was offered a free cruise voucher and it has porthole name on it. is this legit?

        • Porthole Cruise Magazine is not associated with any free cruise promotions.

          Bahamas Celebration did receive Editor-in-Chief awards for Best Bahamas Getaway from 2009 to 2011
          They do offer standard 2-3 day cruise packages from Palm Beach to the Bahamas.

          Thanks for writing. Check the details carefully.

  2. IT WAS WONDERFUL HEARING FROM YOU THIS PAST WEEKEND, I ENJOYED THE CONVERSATION WITH YOUR OPERATOR, PLEASE SENT MORE GAMING PLANS INFORMATION, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!

  3. I have taken about 4 Cruises in my life… Not being too excited with them… I believe I would be happier with a river cruise in the future… I like the idea of a quieter vacation without 6000 people joining us…. Plus the ship’s personnel…. Money is a big issue also. What do you recommend? Thank you.