Carnival Corporation and its nine global cruise line brands earned a collective 556 awards and recognitions in 2017. The company has especially strong showings in the cruise industry’s top awards programs, collecting 144 Cruise Critic awards, 51 Travel Weekly awards, 29 Porthole Cruise Awards, 26 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, and 17 Condé Nast Traveler awards.
Some of the honors included:
- Cunard received 13 Cruise Critic awards including the 2017 Cruisers’ Choice Award for Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms, Large Ships for its iconic ocean liner Queen Mary 2.
- Holland America was honored with nearly 60 Cruise Critic awards, and Half Moon Cay was named Best Private Island for the 17th year in a row by Porthole Cruise Magazine.
- Carnival Cruise Line was named Most Trusted Cruise Line in America by Reader’s Digest for the third year in a row, and took home 10 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice 2017 Awards, including Best Ocean Cruise Line and Best Cruise Line for Millennials.
- P&O Cruises (Australia) was recognized for Best Australia Itineraries by the Porthole Cruise Readers’ Choice Awards and received the National Institute of Travel Agents 2017 award for Best Cruise Operator in New Zealand.
- Seabourn Encore was chosen as Robb Report’s Best of the Best 2017 for Slow Travel and was named Best Small Ships Cruise Line in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards.
- Princess Cruises was recognized with six Travvy Awards, including Best Cruise Line in Alaska and Asia, and received six Travel Weekly Magellan Awards including gold for the production show in partnership with Stephen Schwartz, “Born to Dance.” The line’s newest ship, Majestic Princess, received seven China CTrip Cruiser’s Choice Awards for onboard features.
Other recognitions worth noting included Carnival Corporation’s honor as one of the top 100 Best Corporate Citizens for 2017 by Corporate Responsibility Magazine (CRM) and Financial Times’ EMpower 100 ethnic minority leaders list inclusion of Arnold Donald, Carnival Corporation CEO, as its most influential black, Asian and minority ethnic leader for 2017. Eleven Carnival Corporation leaders were named to Travel Agent Central’s list of The Most Innovative People in Cruise Travel 2017, and Carnival Corporation Chairman Micky Arison was named a Global Legend of the Caribbean by the World Tourism Organization.\
Globally, the cruise market overall has grown to an estimated 27.2 million people who are expected to take an ocean cruise in 2018, an all-time record and increase of more than 66 percent over the past 10 years.
A complete list of Carnival Corporation’s awards can be found here.