Sure, it’s subjective — but opinions carry a lot of weight in the travel industy. Editors at the world’s largest cruise review site, CruiseCritic.com, just made their picks for the best ships and lines at sea in 2010. Among the notables:
Best for Evening Entertainment: Norwegian’s new EPIC, which editors praised for its “non-stop” Las Vegas-style nightlife scene, which includes dueling piano shows, Blue Man Group performances and a Cirque acrobatics show.
Best Shore Excursions: Disney Cruise Line, for its offerings of adult cooking classes in Tuscany to attending a Royal Ball with princesses in St. Petersburg.
Best Itineraries: Crystal Cruises — ships meander on thoughtful itineraries that mix major ports of call (Hong Kong, Sydney or San Francisco) with unexpected destinations (Burma, Ghana, Mauritius).
Best Main Dining Rooms: Princess Cruises, where travelers who don’t want to pay a cover charge for a specialty restaurant can still find “daring fare balanced with comfort offerings.”
Best New Ship: Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. The world’s largest cruise ship has innovations that include an on-board zipline, carousel and foliage-trimmed park at sea (see Newsday's coverage of the first Oasis cruise).