May 16, 2007

Cunard ships score big in Australian Cruise Awards

The reports how well Cunard is rated by Australian cruise lovers:

"Complete Cruise Solution's ships have blitzed the latest Australian Cruise Passenger magazine awards, topping five of the magazine's 13 ship categories.

Dawn Ship

Sun Ship
Ten ships representing four Complete Cruise Solution brands* made the list of finalists, with five of its liners filling all top five slots in the blue ribbon category of Best Large Ship, won by Cunard's famous QE2.

QE2's big sister and popular Sydney visitor, Queen Mary 2, was also one of Complete Cruise Solution's top performers in the awards, featuring in the top list of five of the categories - best luxury ship, best cabin, best gym, best spa and best large ship. Meanwhile, P&O Cruises’ Australian ship, Pacific Sun, was voted the best family ship.

The results of the 2006 Cruise Passenger Readers' Choice Awards appear in the autumn 2007 edition of the magazine following entries from thousands of Australian cruise fans.

Complete Cruise Solution achievements in the awards include:

Best Large Ship - won by the legendary QE2, with voters also including P&O Cruises' Pacific Sun, Cunard's Queen Mary 2 and Princess Cruises' Sapphire Princess and Diamond Princess in the top five
Best Mid-Size Ship - readers ranked the popular Princess Cruises ship, Pacific Princess, in second spot
Best Small Ship - The luxurious Seabourn Spirit was ranked number three
Best Luxury Ship - Queen Mary 2 topped the category
Best Value family Ship - P&O Cruises' Australian ship, Pacific Sun, topped this category while sister ship, Pacific Star, and the line's former ship, Pacific Sky, also made the top five
Best Cabin - Pacific Princess was voted third followed by Queen Mary 2 and QE2
Best Cuisine - Seabourn Legend took out number two place, with QE2 making fifth spot
Best Pool - readers slotted Queen Mary 2, QE2 and Pacific Sun into the top five
Best Gym - Queen Mary 2, Pacific Sun and Pacific Princess all made the top five list of finalists
Best Spa - The deluxe Tahitian Princess was voted as having the number one spa, with QE2, Queen Mary 2 and Pacific Princess close behind
Best Australia/NZ ship - won by the premium ship, Pacific Princess, with Pacific Sun, Sapphire Princess and Pacific Star coming third, fourth and fifth respectively

Complete Cruise Solution Vice President Sales John Molinaro said the accolades highlighted the growing popularity of cruising and the range of ships available for all ages, tastes and budgets.

"Complete Cruise Solution represents a broad cross-section of major cruise products here in Australia and overseas," Mr Molinaro said. "These cruise awards show our brands are meeting increased expectations for quality, value-for money vacations at sea and provide something for everyone.

“Record numbers of Australians are discovering that cruising is a relaxing and enjoyable way to travel and it's our aim at Complete Cruise Solution to match them with the product that’s perfect for them."

* Complete Cruise Solution represents P&O Cruises, P&O Cruises World Voyages, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises and Seabourn.

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