Castaway Cay Named Best Cruise Line Private Island in Cruise Critics Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards

Disney’s Castaway Cay was recognized as the Best Cruise Line Private Island in Cruise Critics Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards. Castaway Cay ranked highest among cruise line private islands, and topped all Caribbean categories combined. Cruisers praised the island’s clean, beautiful beaches and multitude of options for both kids and adults. Castaway Cay edge out Half Moon Cay, Amber Cove, Labadee, and CocoCay in this inaugural award.

Cruise Critic, the world’s leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community, announced the winners of the websites first-ever Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards, naming the top cruise destinations in the world, based on consumer ratings submitted with reviews on the Cruise Critic website. The awards name award-winning destinations across 15 regions, worldwide.

According to a recent survey by Cruise Critic, selecting a cruise destination is the most important part of the planning process for both first-time cruisers (28%) and experienced cruisers (29%).

“Cruising offers the unique opportunity to sample a number of destinations at once,” explains Colleen McDaniel, Senior Executive Editor of Cruise Critic. “Because of that, it’s important to carefully select your itinerary so that you’re able to make the most of your time in port. With so many available options, this list of destinations personally recommended by cruisers themselves provides invaluable insight into the cruise destinations across the world to help cruisers choose the best options.”

St. Petersburg, Russia was named the top cruise destination in the world, with cruisers particularly enamored with the city’s art, history and architecture.

River cruise port cities were the top-rated category as a whole, with all of the top five destinations receiving the highest marks across the board. Paris was rated the best river cruise destination, with reviewers naming the city’s beauty, museums and gardens as particularly impressive.

Bonaire was the highest-rated Southern Caribbean island, St. Maarten the top-rated Eastern Caribbean island, and Cozumel the top destination in the Western Caribbean & Riviera Maya.

As for the best cruise destination in North AmericaSan Francisco was named to the top of the list in the U.S. & Canada category.

First-place winners include:

Top-Rated Alaska PortGlacier Bay
Top-Rated Asia & South Pacific PortMystery Island
Top-Rated Australia & New Zealand PortSydney
Top-Rated Baltic & Scandinavia PortSt. Petersburg
Top-Rated Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda PortSt. Maarten
Top-Rated Southern Caribbean PortBonaire
Top-Rated Western Caribbean & Riviera Maya PortCozumel
Top-Rated British Isles & Western Europe PortAmsterdam
Top-Rated Eastern Mediterranean PortVenice
Top-Rated European River PortParis
Top-Rated Western Mediterranean PortBarcelona
Top-Rated Hawaii PortKauai
Top-Rated Mexican Riviera & South America PortPuerto Vallarta
Top-Rated U.S. & Canada PortSan Francisco
Top-Rated Cruise Line Private Island: Castaway Cay

For the full list of winners, visit the 2016 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards.

Do you agree with these top rated ports? Do any surprise you?

7 Replies to “Castaway Cay Named Best Cruise Line Private Island in Cruise Critics Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards”

  1. Scott

    While I agree its the best private island for cruise ships, I’m sure Disney will use this as one more reason to raise prices.


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