Editor-in-Chief Awards 2018

2018 Editor-in-Chief Awards

As editor-in-chief of Porthole Cruise Magazine, Bill Panoff travels a lot. So each year, he reports back on his favorite travel experiences around the world.

Here are this year’s picks of those who left amazing impressions in terms of service, quality, and memorable moments.


On Board

  • Best Lounge: Explorers’ Lounge, Viking Ocean Cruises
  • Best Production Shows: Viaggio and Sonor by Cirque du Soleil (MSC Cruises)
  • Best Art Collaboration: Rijksmuseum at Sea, Holland America Line
  • Best Spa Operator: The Onboard Spa by Steiner
  • Best WiFi: Royal Caribbean International
  • Best Specialty Restaurant: Remy (Disney Cruise Line)
  • Best Cruise Director: Gary Hunter (Crystal Cruises)
  • Best Mobility/Accessibility Provider: Special Needs Group
  • Best Culinary Innovator: Master Chef Rudi Sodamin (Holland America Line)
  • Best New Activity Enhancement: Racetrack on Norwegian Joy
  • Best Lido Eats: Carnival Cruise Line
  • Best Speaker Series: Seabourn Conversations
  • Best Cruise Partnership: Windstar Cruises and James Beard Foundation
  • Best New Ship: Silver Muse (Silversea Cruises)


On Shore

  • Best Alaska Port: Juneau
  • Best Canadian Port: Quebec City
  • Best U.S. Port: Miami, Florida 
  • Best Europe Port: Amsterdam
  • Best Destination for Active Travelers: Costa Rica
  • Best Caribbean Attraction: Dunn’s River Falls, Ocho Rios
  • Best Europe Attraction: Park Güell, Barcelona
  • Best Alaska Attraction: Taku Lodge
  • Best Caribbean Hotel: Jade Mountain (St. Lucia)
  • Best Europe Hotel: The Lanesborough (London)
  • Best U.S. Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Miami
  • Best Caribbean Resort: Baha Mar (Bahamas )
  • Best All-Inclusive Resort: Sandals 
  • Best Caribbean Tour Operator: Cox & Company (St. Lucia)
  • Best European Tour Operator: Intertrav Corporation, Be Unique (Italy)
  • Best Caribbean Port Agent: Virgin Port Services (St. Thomas)
  • Best Africa Destination Specialist: Journeys Unforgettable
  • Best Ground Transportation Operator: USA Transportation
  • Best New Shore Excursion: MSC Cruises’ Bike Adventours
  • Best Cruise Souvenir: Tortuga Rum Cakes
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