It’s time to set sail, because the best cruise ships in the world have been revealed.

A range of large, medium and small cruise companies across dozens of categories – including best ship, best service, most luxurious and most romantic.

MCS Cruises’ 4,475-passenger MSC Meraviglia sailed away with Best New Ship while Celestyal Cruises won a new award for 2017 – Best for Service. The U.S winner for best ship was the MSC Seaside, with editors raving that the ship has the potential to be ‘one of the best Miami-based ships around’.

How about this for a view? An infinity pool overlooking the sea on Viking Ocean Cruises which won the Best Spa category

How about this for a view? An infinity pool overlooking the sea on Viking Ocean Cruises which won the Best Spa category.

Judges found Viking's itineraries hard to beat. The cruise line won the Best Itineraries in the River category 

Judges found Viking’s itineraries hard to beat. The cruise line won the Best Itineraries in the River category

Luxury isn't just for ocean liners. Uniworld walked away with a raft of awards including Best for Luxury in river cruising for the second year running. This impressive display is on the SS Catherine

Luxury isn’t just for ocean liners. Uniworld walked away with a raft of awards including Best for Luxury in river cruising for the second year running. This impressive display is on the SS Catherine.

Uniworld also picked up the Best River Cruise award for bringing an 'opulent hotel' touch to the whole river experience

Uniworld also picked up the Best River Cruise award for bringing an ‘opulent hotel’ touch to the whole river experience

Celebrity Cruises won Best for Romance. Pictured here is the Lawn Club of its Silhouette ship

 

Celebrity Cruises won Best for Romance. Pictured here is the Lawn Club of its Silhouette ship

Another new accolade for 2017, Best for Solo Travellers, went to Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines. It also won the coveted Best Itineraries award.

MSC Cruises’ award-winning ship, the Meraviglia, impressed the judges with innovations such as introducing Cirque du Soleil at sea, and the exclusive suite-class Yacht Club. 

MSC Cruises also won the Best for Families award for the first time ever. 

Marella (formerly Thomson) Cruises, whose fares include all tips and service charges, as well as alcoholic drinks on some of its ships, was awarded Best Value for Money. 

 
 

Cirque du Soleil were a big hit among the judges for MSC Cruises as on-board entertainment reaches new heights

Cunard Line's Queen Victoria won the Best Ship Refurb category this year

 

Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria won the Best Ship Refurb category this year

Cruises for children: MSC Cruises won the Best For Families award this year 
 

Cruises for children: MSC Cruises won the Best For Families award this year 

Sunbathe, sip cocktails and just chill out. MSC Cruises have been awarded the best cruise line for looking after the whole family

 

Sunbathe, sip cocktails and just chill out. MSC Cruises have been awarded the best cruise line for looking after the whole family

Marella (formerly Thomson) Cruises won the Best Value for Money category. On some of its ships even the alcoholic drinks and tips are included in the price

 

Marella (formerly Thomson) Cruises won the Best Value for Money category. On some of its ships even the alcoholic drinks and tips are included in the price

‘With more Brits than ever before trying a cruise for the first time, it’s evident that a holiday at sea is becoming a more compelling proposition,’ explained Cruise Critic’s UK Managing Editor, Adam Coulter. 

‘These awards combine our editors’ impartial cruise expertise, based on first-hand experiences and industry knowledge, to ultimately help travellers select the best cruise choice for them, from the myriad of amazing options now available.’ 

Other ocean cruise line award winners included Celebrity Cruises, which kept its titles of Best Cabins and Best Shore Excursions. While sister company, Royal Caribbean, also held on to two of its titles – for Best Entertainment and Best Suites.

Hurtigruten was named the best cruise line for adventure in the ocean category this year

 

Hurtigruten was named the best cruise line for adventure in the ocean category this year

It's not all about what you do on board but also what you do back on land. Celebrity Cruises impressed the judges with its range of excursions

It’s not all about what you do on board but also what you do back on land. Celebrity Cruises impressed the judges with its range of excursions

Cruise in style in an award-winning suite on board Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas 

Cruise in style in an award-winning suite on board Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas

Book into a gorgeous two-storey  royal loft suite on Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas

 

Book into a gorgeous two-storey royal loft suite on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas

Retaining its 2016 titles for Best River Cruise Line and Best for Luxury, the judges felt that Uniworld’s Boutique River Cruise Collection brought the atmosphere of opulent hotels to the rivers. Uniworld also took the new 2017 award for Best for Service.

Avalon secured the Best Cabins accolade for installing window-facing beds with memory foam mattress toppers and a choice of pillows. 

It additionally took the Best for Active Travellers award. 

Royal Caribbean won the Best Entertainment category in ocean cruising helped by this cool fish slide

 
With massive water flumes it's not hard to see why Royal Caribbean picked up an entertainment award 
 

Royal Caribbean won the Best Entertainment category in ocean cruising helped by this cool fish slide (left) and massive water flumes (right) 

Celebrity Cruises chugged away with Best for Romance and Best Cabins in the Ocean category. This solarium is just one of the luxurious touches on board the Celebrity Silhouette, pictured 

Celebrity Cruises chugged away with Best for Romance and Best Cabins in the Ocean category. This solarium is just one of the luxurious touches on board the Celebrity Silhouette, pictured

Seabourn's 'commitment to stylish five-star cruising'  won it the 'Best Luxury Cruise Line' at this year's awards

Seabourn’s ‘commitment to stylish five-star cruising’  won it the ‘Best Luxury Cruise Line’ at this year’s awards

 Celestyal Cruises picked up the first ever award for Best for Service at the December awards ceremony

 

 Celestyal Cruises picked up the first ever award for Best for Service at the December awards ceremony

In the luxury awards, Seabourn held onto the title for Best Luxury Cruise Line. Judges were especially bowled over by Seabourn Encore, with its sumptuous, yacht-like feel and finest boutique hotel ambiance. Seabourn also, once again, secured the Best Enrichment award.

The Best Dining award went to Crystal for its imaginative menus and quality range of restaurant offerings. 

The line also secured the Best for Service and Best for Solo Travellers awards, as well as the Best Ship Refurbishment accolade for Crystal Symphony.

Crystal Cruises high-end range of restaurants and inventive menus impressed the cruise-crazy judges
 

Crystal Cruises high-end range of restaurants and inventive menus impressed the cruise-crazy judges

MSC Cruises goes above and beyond to make sure kids of all ages have a great time on board and that effort won them this year's Best for Families award
 

MSC Cruises goes above and beyond to make sure kids of all ages have a great time on board and that effort won them this year’s Best for Families award

Silversea walked away with a Best for Adventure award for its huge range of onshore activities 

 

Silversea walked away with a Best for Adventure award for its huge range of onshore activities 

It's not hard to see why Viking Ocean Cruises walked off with the top gong in the Best Spa, Luxury category
 

It’s not hard to see why Viking Ocean Cruises walked off with the top gong in the Best Spa, Luxury category

Ship to shore: MCS Cruises' MSC Meraviglia was named the Best New Ship of 2017 by Cruise Critics' panel of experts
 

Ship to shore: MCS Cruises’ MSC Meraviglia was named the Best New Ship of 2017.

Southampton was rated the best departure point in the UK to set sail from

 

Southampton was rated the best departure point in the UK to set sail from

Viking Ocean Cruises was once again handed awards for Best Value for Money and Best Spa. 

But it wasn’t just ships that were awarded. 

Southampton Port kept the Best UK Departure Port title for the ninth year in a row. Guernsey took the award for Best UK & British Isles Port of Call. 

Other winners in the U.S in the ocean category, meanwhile, included Disney Cruise Line, which won Best for Families for the second year in a row for its wide array of activities for kids, plus plenty of adults-only venues for parents. The line was also awarded Best Entertainment.

And Carnival Cruise Line was named Best for Value for the fourth year running for its ‘affordable fares and wealth of fee-free dining venues and activities’. Carnival also received the award for Best Service in the U.S.

In the River category in the U.S, AmaWaterways was named the Best River Cruise Line for the second year in a row for its ‘continued dedication to innovation’. The line was also awarded Best for Active Cruisers. 

Silversea’s newest luxury ship, Silver Muse, received the award for Best New Luxury Ship in the U.S for ‘offering nearly everything a luxury cruiser could crave’. Silversea also won Best for Adventure in the States.

Credit Daily Mail