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Avignon is named the top cruise destination in the world, while Kirkwall secures the top award for the British Isles & Western Europe for the very first time – it’s time for 2019 Cruise Critic awards...

Cruise Critic, the world’s leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community, has announced the winners of its fourth annual Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards, naming the world’s most popular cruise destinations, based entirely on consumer ratings submitted with reviews on Cruise Critic.

The awards name the top cruise destinations across 18 regions worldwide and additionally highlight the best cruise lines that visit each region.

Adam Coulter, UK Managing Editor, Cruise Critic said: “Global holiday makers continue to regard the opportunity to visit many destinations all in one trip as one of the most compelling reasons to take a cruise, and destination choice consequently remains a key consideration when booking a cruise. Scotland continues to prove an attractive destination for travellers across the globe, with Kirkwall in Orkney securing the top spot in the British Isles & Western Europe category, for the very first time. We are continuing to see a growing trend in favour of destinations that offer a more immersive and educational experience overall, and Kirkwall is a great example of how travellers are choosing to visit the less well known ports, as well as more traditionally popular places of interest.” Highlights from the awards include:

Avignon – Winning ‘Top-Rated Port Overall’, this lovely city nestled in the heart of France’s Provence region continues to be popular with cruisers – it also secured a ‘Top-Rated European River Destination’ award, last year. Avignon is home to the largest gothic palace in the world – the Palais des Papes – and is also conveniently located about an hour outside of Marseille. This makes it a prime embarkation and disembarkation point for a number of cruises.

Kirkwall – Situated on what’s known as the ‘Mainland’ of the Orkney archipelago, Kirkwall is the capital of a group of about 70 islands north of Scotland. The town was founded around 1035, and was declared a Royal Burgh in 1486 by King James III. The richness of the Orkney’s Neolithic past has also earned it UNESCO World Heritage status.

Bora Bora – This small, South Pacific island north-west of Tahiti in French Polynesia is surrounded by sand-fringed islets and a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef, and continues to be a popular destination for honeymooners, celebrities and luxury-seekers, as a result. The good news for cruise passengers is that it is often cheaper to visit Bora Bora by sea than on a land-based holiday – and you generally get a two-day call.

Glacier Bay – Named the ‘Most Popular Cruise Destination’ in 2018, this astounding Alaskan port continues to prove popular with travellers by winning a top destination award for the fourth year in a row. It is one of the best Inside Passage locations for glacier and wildlife viewing, with its Margerie Glacier considered one of the most photogenic glaciers. Θ

Further information

The full list of awards can be found at: