What you need to know to pick the best cruise for you!

Did you know cruises are more popular in Australia than anywhere else in the world? If you are thinking of going on a cruise then we have you covered with all the latest information from Cruise Critic. Discover which cruise ship is the best for you!

Award: Best New Cruise Ship
Cruise ship: Viking Star, Viking Ocean Cruises
The verdict: “Viking Oceans' innovative flagship, Viking Star, resembles a boutique hotel -- homey and comfortable after a long day exploring in port.”

Award: Best Cruise Ship Refurbishment
Cruise ship: Star Breeze, Windstar Cruises
The verdict: “Windstar acquired three motor yachts from Seabourn, planning identical upgrades. After passenger feedback following Star Pride, Windstar added a more spacious pool deck and extra alfresco seating for Star Breeze (and Star Legend, which debuted a few weeks later).”

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Crystal cruises showcase the flavours of the world with classic cuisines such as the Escabeche of Prawns with Braised Saffron Fennel

Award: Best Cruise Line for Luxury
Cruise ship: Crystal Cruises
The verdict: “An unmitigated focus on service and dining are the hallmarks of Crystal Cruises, which continues to evolve its onboard and shore excursion offerings with free Internet minutes and jogging adventures for active cruisers. Unusual itineraries in the Arctic and a massive expansion coming in 2016, along with one of the best staff-to-passenger ratios in cruising, make this line tops among those seeking the finer things.”

Award: Best Cruise Line for Families
Cruise ship: Royal Caribbean International
The verdict: “Royal Caribbean hits all age groups, with onboard nurseries for babies and toddlers; bumper cars, poolside movies and extensive activities for kids; and rock climbing walls, hip hangouts and video game systems for teens. Add in a range of family-friendly cabins, affordable fares and babysitting options for parents, and any family can have a blast onboard.”

Award: Best Cruise Line Itineraries
Cruise ship: Azamara Club Cruises
The verdict: “For good reason, fans of this upscale cruise line await itinerary releases with anticipation. With smaller ships and a commitment to destination immersion, Azamara usually goes where everyone else isn't -- a mindset that appeals to a range of travellers.”

Award: Best Cruise Line for Adventure
Cruise ship: Un-Cruise Adventures
The verdict: “While most expedition cruise lines take you to far-flung destinations, not all of them give you the means to actually get off the ship and hike, kayak, stand-up paddleboard and snorkel. Un-Cruise Adventures does all this in Alaska, Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest, Baja Mexico and (next year) Costa Rica and the Galapagos while still providing luxuries like massages and free wine and beer.”

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Carnival cruises have a range of onboard activities including a theatre full of amazing musicals

Award: Best Cruise Line for Value
Cruise ship: Carnival Cruise Line
The verdict: “From its frequent fare sales to a host of dining and entertainment options included in its base price, Carnival is our pick for a line that's easier on the wallet, yet still delivers a great vacation.”

Award: Best Cruise Line for Dining
Cruise ship: Celebrity Cruises
The verdict: “A sponsor of foodie events such as Diner en Blanc and the South Beach Food and Wine Festival -- not to mention a partnership with TV show Top Chef - Celebrity keeps up with gourmet trends. In 2015, it raised the bar by adding Luminae for suite passengers, while still keeping its main dining rooms tops among mainstream lines.”

Award: Best Cruise Line for Entertainment
Cruise ship: Royal Caribbean International
The verdict: “The entertainment on Royal Caribbean is second to none, whether you're sailing one of the line's smaller ships, where the atrium is transformed into a showcase for aerial performers and acrobats, or journeying on an Oasis- or Quantum-class ship with their Broadway-style theatre shows and phenomenal Two 70 multi-sensory spectacles.”

Award: Best Cruise Line Suites
Cruise ship: Royal Caribbean International
The verdict: “The variety and quantity of suites on all Royal Caribbean ships -- as well as an extensive list of suite perks -- are what make the line tops for people who want more space and special treatment.”

Award: Best Cruise Line Standard Cabins
Cruise ship: MSC Cruises
The verdict: “MSC's standard cabins might not be the most spacious at sea, but they're well-appointed and beautifully decorated in ways that make them feel roomy and cozy at the same time.”

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The interior cabin of MSC's Magnifica

Award: Best Cruise Line Shore Excursions
Cruise ship: Azamara Club Cruises
The verdict: “Besides being able to visit less-trafficked ports, Azamara wins points for its range of shore excursions.”

Award: Best Cruise Line for Romance
Cruise ship: Windstar Cruises
The verdict: “Love is in the air when the breezes fill the sails of a multi-masted Windstar sailing vessel (and even more recently, on the line's new trio of yachts).”

Award: Best Cruise Line for Nightlife
Cruise ship: Norwegian Cruise Line
The verdict: “Whether you fancy mojito flights, an ice bar or a deck party aglow in neon paint and dance music, Norwegian keeps it lively once the sun goes down.”

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