On July 2, Travel + Leisure announced the winners of its World’s Best Awards 2014, recognizing the best in travel as determined by the magazine’s readers. Disney Cruise Line was recognized as the best in two cruise categories.
Disney Cruise Line (DCL) took two number-one spots. Travel + Leisure identified DCL the Top Mega-Ship Cruise Line, the first time it has received that distinction. DCL also received the World’s Best Award 2014 as the Top Mega-Ship Cruise Line for Families for the sixth year in a row. The World’s Best Awards cruise lines use several different criteria, including destinations and itineraries, excursions and activities, cabins, food, service and value.
Disney Cruise Line is known for its pioneering work in developing the family cruise niche, bringing its considerable expertise with family travel to the industry. DCL has a small fleet of four ships – the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy – that takes guest around the world. Its ships travel on itineraries that include, among other destinations, the Caribbean, Bahamas, Hawaii, Alaska and Europe.
“We are honored once again to be recognized as the ‘World’s Best’ for families by the readers of Travel + Leisure,” said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line in a media statement. “This year is extra special because of the additional honor of Top Mega-Ship Cruise Line. These awards really speak to what Disney Cruise Line is all about – creating magical memories for guests of all ages onboard our ships and taking them to fantastic destinations around the world.”
In addition to its range of itineraries, Disney Cruise Line has a record of innovation and in making shipboard enhancements focused on improving the guest experience. The Disney Magic, one of DCL’s classic ships, was recently re-imagined to add the AquaDunk, an on-board water thrill ride; new restaurants and additional technology to update existing restaurants, such as the “Drawn to Magic” show at Animator’s Palate; and the new After Hours entertainment district for adult guests.
Disney Cruise Line has received more than 100 awards and recognitions from the travel industry since 1998. Earlier this year, DCL earned 29 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards in Large Ship, Midsize Ship and Destinations categories, including 13 first-place rankings.