Disney Cruise Line Best Overall in 2015 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards

The fifth annual Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards for 2015 have been announced and for the third year in a row Disney Cruise Line was awarded Best Overall. The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy garnering the top two spots in the large ship category and the Disney Wonder the top mid-size ship. Last year, the Disney Dream placed 9th and the Magic moved up to the number three spot in the Mid-size category after finishing outside to the top 10 in 2014. Overall, Disney Cruise Line took home twelve first-place awards from Cruise Critic readers.

In my opinion, the Disney Magic should be recognized as the comeback ship for climbing back into 9 mid-size ship category top 10s including two first-place awards after failing to make the the top 10 in any category in 2014.  Additionally, there is one major category Disney Cruise Line needs to work on… shore excursions as the fleet continues fall outside oft he top 10 in this important category.

Mickey's Hat TipDisney Cruise Line’s First-Place Awards

Large Ship Category

  • Best Overall Ship: Disney Dream
  • Best Cabins: Disney Fantasy
  • Best for Embarkation: Disney Fantasy
  • Best Entertainment: Disney Dream
  • Best Public Rooms: Disney Dream
  • Best Service: Disney Fantasy

Mid-Size Ship Category

  • Best Overall Ship: Disney Wonder
  • Best for Embarkation: Disney Magic
  • Best Entertainment: Disney Magic
  • Best Service: Disney Wonder

All Ship Size Awards


  • Best for Families: Disney Fantasy

Cruise Destinations

  • Best Cruises to the Bahamas: Disney Dream

Disney Cruise Line Top 10 Rankings

Cruise Critic categorizes the ships based on passenger capacity. The Disney Dream & Disney Fantasy are listed in the large ship (2,000+ passengers) category, while the Disney Magic & Disney Wonder are listed in the Mid-size ship (1200-1999 passengers) category. Keep this in mind while reviewing the following rankings. For example the Disney Wonder & Disney Fantasy are the top overall ships in their respective categories. The one exception is the Best for Families* category that does not break out by ship size. Finally, I excluded cruise destination categories in which DCL did not sail to on a regular basis such as the West Coast and the United Kingdom.

Best… Fantasy Dream Wonder Magic
Cruise Experience
Overall 2 1 1 3
Cabins 1 2 2 8
Dining 3 4 3 4
Embarkation 1 4 1
Entertainment 2 1 2 1
Families* 1 2
Public Rooms 3 1 4 2
Service 1 3 1 3
Shore Excursions
Value 9 8 2 3
Cruise Destinations
Bahamas 1  4
Caribbean  3
From Florida 4 3

Visit the 2015 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards for a complete list of winners. These awards are based on review submitted by by Februrary 1, 2015 from Cruise Critic’s readers who cruised in 2014. To be included ships must have a minimum number of posted reviews and ratings in each category to be included in the top 10 list. Click here to read Cruise Critic’s complete methodology.

“Being named to this list of winners is one of the highest forms of praise cruise lines can receive,” explains Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic. “The awards represent the compilation of thousands of reviews Cruise Critic received over the past year, so it’s truly representative of the experiences of those who have sailed on the ships first-hand.”

Do you agree with the 2015 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards?

3 Replies to “Disney Cruise Line Best Overall in 2015 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards”

  1. Walt S.

    Best Overall Ship: Disney Dream
    Best Entertainment: Disney Dream
    Best Public Rooms: Disney Dream

    Scott is these ratings for Dream because it carries more people than the Fantasy on shorter trips. I thought the Fantasy would be better, especially from view.

  2. PrettyPrincessJen

    I agree with Walt S. I think that the numbers are skewed towards the Dream because they have more passengers. I have been on the Magic, Wonder, and the Fantasy. Each was wonderful but I think the Fantasy was my favorite. I think that the imagineers better planned for all areas on the Fantasy, which makes sense since it was the latest iteration.


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