11/18/2014 06:11 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Best Cruise Lines of 2014

Cruise Critic, the world's largest online cruise resource, has just released its 7th Annual Editors' Picks Awards, showcasing the year's best of the best in cruise travel. The 18 awards were hand-picked by Cruise Critic's editorial staff, experts in the field who have a combined 100 years of cruise experience.

According to Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic, "We originally launched our Editors' Picks Awards in 2008, to highlight lines that we felt were doing a great job. Just six years later, the industry has grown tremendously; cruise lines continue to up the ante, and there are more options than ever before for travelers looking to hit the seas."

Winners of the 2014 awards include:

Best New Ship: Royal Caribbean International's Quantum of the Seas

Best for Families: Disney Cruise Line

Best Value for Money: Carnival Cruise Lines

Best Entertainment: Norwegian Cruise Line

Best Shore Excursions: Azamara Club Cruises

Best New River Ships: Emerald Waterways' Emerald Sky and Emerald Star

Best River Cruise Line: Viking Cruises

Learn more about the winners in these and other categories -- including Best Dining, Best Itineraries and Best for Romance -- by visiting the Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards.

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