Cruise Critic 2011 Editors' Picks Awards: The Winners

Cruise Critic Awards

Cruise Critic editors evaluated lines and ships in 25 categories by comparing like-for-like, taking into account the audience to which each line markets, in order to highlight the very best cruise lines and their particular strengths. The annual Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards complement the Cruisers' Choice Awards, which are announced in the spring and highlight the cruise ships which receive the highest ratings from reviews posted on Cruise Critic.

Best New River Ship 2011: Uniworld's S.S. Antoinette

S.S. Antoinette, river cruise line Uniworld's first-ever new-build, launched in March 2011. The 164-passenger vessel, built at Holland's Shipyard De Hoop, is one of the most innovative ships sailing on Europe's rivers today. Its whimsical and daring interior design, and lush cabin appointments, were modeled after Marie Antoinette's France. Its amenities, unusual for ships on Europe's rivers, include a cinema with surround sound, indoor lap pool and plush nightclub. Visit Uniworld's S.S. Antoinette photo site.

Best River Cruise Line 2011: Viking River Cruises

Created specifically for river cruising, Viking's 13 Europe-based ships feature panoramic windows, sun decks and promenades to watch passing scenery, and public rooms like inviting bars, cozy libraries and charming restaurants. All cabins feature outside views -- and many have French balconies -- and include telephone, television, radio, hairdryer, private bathroom, hotel-style beds and individually controlled air conditioning. Viking River Cruises has always been a well-respected line whose stand-out quality was the range of its itineraries in Europe, Russia, Egypt and China. Couple that with a new emphasis on contemporary ship design and an aggressive revamping of its fleet, and Viking becomes the best in the business. The company won the 2010 U.K. Editors' Picks Award in the category "Best for River Cruising". Visit Viking's website.

Check out all winners of the 2011 Editor's Picks Awards.

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