2014 BERLITZ Cruising Guide announces new best ship in the world

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2014 BERLITZ Cruising Guide announces new best ship in the world

 In the new 2014 edition of Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships author Douglas Ward crowns Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Europa 2 the top-rated ship - the first new ship to claim the title in 14 years - knocking her older sister, Europa, off the pedestal. Author Douglas Ward, said, "Europa 2 is a stunningly spacious, top-notch informal ship for sophisticated cosmopolitan travellers and their families - the benchmark in contemporary cruising. The choice of dining venues and types of cuisine are excellent and the service is attentive and friendly but unobtrusive. It all adds up to the very best informal cruise ship available today - unless you own a private motor yacht."

Douglas Ward is the world's top authority on cruising and cruise ships, with more than 45 years of experience and over 5,900 days at sea.  He continues to spend up to 200 days per year aboard cruise ships, inspecting and evaluating their facilities and service.

Fully updated and revised, the Berlitz Cruise Ships 2014 App (£6.99) is available for Apple devices from 14th September 2013. In addition, 2014 Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships (752 pages) will be available in book and ebook formats from 1st October 2013 - both priced £17.99

The complete rankings of the top five ships in four size categories (with a maximum of 2000 points) are:

Top 5 Large Resort Ships (with more than 1,750 passengers)

  • Queen Mary 2 (Grill Class)                                1673
  • Queen Elizabeth                                  1585
  • Queen Victoria                                     1579
  • Celebrity Reflection                            1571
  • Celebrity Silhouette                            1567            

Top 5 Mid-size Ships (751 - 1750 passengers)

  • Crystal Serenity                                   1714
  • Crystal Symphony                               1702
  • Riviera                                                   1682
  • Marina                                                   1680
  • Asuka II                                                  1673

Top 5 Small Ships (251 - 750 passengers)

  • Europa 2                                               1860
  • Europa                                                   1851
  • Silver Spirit                                           1762
  • Silver Whisper                                     1749
  • Silver Shadow                                      1747

Top 5 Boutique Ships (50 - 250 passengers)

  • Hanseatic                                              1765
  • SeaDream I                                          1761
  • SeaDream II                                         1754
  • Sea Cloud                                             1702
  • Sea Cloud II                                          1701

 For more information about any of these ships, see our cruise line guide

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