ETW #29 Cruise Critic 2019 Cruisers’ Choice Destinations Awards

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This week we chat with Colleen McDaniel, Editor-in-Chief of Cruise Critic all about their new 2019 Cruisers’ Choice Destinations Awards.

You can listen to the podcast here on this page or on any of these services: iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher.

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I took my first cruise as a young professional way back in 2003 and since then have been on many in every corner of the world, from Antarctica to river cruises in Europe. Although it’s not how I always choose to travel, I do enjoy taking one every now and then and am a strong believer that there is indeed a cruise for every type of traveler. If you’re independent, then maybe a small ship expedition cruise is for you but if you want some fun in the sun, then a large ship cruise in the Caribbean is ideal. To help us better understand the world of cruising, as well as to share some of the best destinations in the world, we’re joined this week by Colleen McDaniel, Editor-in-Chief of Cruise Critic.

Colleen McDaniel is Editor-in-Chief of Cruise Critic, the world’s largest online cruise resource. She considers cruising to be a true passion, having traveled the world by water — from Alaska, the Caribbean and Hawaii, to Europe’s rivers, the Panama Canal and Africa — on ships of all shapes and sizes. She’s regularly quoted as a cruise expert in media outlets across the country, including CNN, NBC News, NPR, U.S. News & World Report, Travel + Leisure, AARP and Skift. Colleen’s next cruise will be aboard a Canada/New England sailing.

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. The awards also highlight the best cruise lines to visit each region.

“For most travelers, the decision of where to cruise is made before they think about all the other pieces of the cruise planning process,” explains Colleen McDaniel, Editor-in-Chief of Cruise Critic. “And for those looking for incredible cruise destinations, there’s no better way to narrow your options than by seeing which destinations are rated most highly by cruisers who have already been there, done that.

While the Caribbean continues to be the most visited cruise destination each year, there are a ton more off-the-beaten-path cruise destinations worthy of consideration — everywhere from Avignon in France and Hobart in Australia, to Panama’s Fuerte Amador and Huatulco in Mexico – all given top marks from cruisers themselves.”

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By: Matt Long

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