The onion-domed spires and world-class art of St. Petersburg, Russia, have catapulted it to the top of Cruise Critic's first-ever Cruisers' Choice Destination Awards.
The awards, which are based on consumer reviews from Cruise Critic's website, will be given out today to cruise ship destinations across 15 regions. Other top winners include Paris, which was rated the best river cruise destination; Castaway Cay, owned by Disney Cruise Line, as best cruise line private island; San Francisco, as best destination in U.S. and Canada; and Sydney as best port in Australia/New Zealand.
Among the Caribbean, Bonaire was the highest rated island in the Southern Caribbean; St. Maarten as the top Eastern Caribbean and the port of Cozumel as the best place in the Western Caribbean/Riviera Maya.
The other first-place winners are as follows:
Top-Rated Alaska Port: Glacier Bay
Top-Rated Asia & South Pacific Port: Mystery Island
Top-Rated Australia & New Zealand Port: Sydney
Top-Rated Baltic & Scandinavia Port: St. Petersburg
Top-Rated Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda Port: St. Maarten
Top-Rated Southern Caribbean Port: Bonaire
Top-Rated Western Caribbean & Riviera Maya Port: Cozumel
Top-Rated British Isles & Western Europe Port: Amsterdam
Top-Rated Eastern Mediterranean Port: Venice
Top-Rated European River Port: Paris
Top-Rated Western Mediterranean Port: Barcelona
Top-Rated Hawaii Port: Kauai
Top-Rated Mexican Riviera & South America Port: Puerto Vallarta
Top-Rated U.S. & Canada Port: San Francisco
Top-Rated Cruise Line Private Island: Castaway Cay