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Alison Godfrey 01 August 2018

Alaska’s Glacier Bay has been named the number one cruise destination in the world by Cruise Critic.

Alaska's Glacier Bay is the best place in the world to cruise. Picture: Cruise Critic

The cruise reviews website analysed the results of all the reviews for 2018 for their third annual Cruisers’ Choice Destination awards.

Sydney was named the top port in Australia and New Zealand. The top port in the South Pacific was Mystery Island.

“Our data regularly shows that whether you’re a first-time cruiser or you’ve sailed dozens of times, destination is a top consideration when shopping for a cruise,” Cruise Critic senior executive editor Colleen McDaniel says.

“While tropical destinations will always be popular among cruisers, what’s really exciting to see is the rise in esteem of destinations more known for their immersive and experiential offerings – places like Havana, Edinburgh and Arles.

“By awarding top destinations and now the best lines that visit them, we’re even better able to connect travelers with standout experiences available in the incredible places they’re looking to explore.”

The full list of Cruise Critic first-place winners includes:

Australia and New Zealand:

Top port: Sydney

Sydney is the best port in Australia and New Zealand. Picture: Shutterstock

Best Large Ship Line: Celebrity Cruises

Best Small Ship Line: Coral Expeditions

South Pacific:

Top port: Mystery Island

Mystery Island Vanuatu. Picture: Shutterstock

Best Large Ship Line: Carnival Cruise Line

Best Small Ship Line: Ponant

Asia:

Top port: Singapore

Singapore is the best port in Asia. Picture: Shutterstock

Best Large Ship Line: Celebrity Cruises

Best Small Ship Line: Azamara Club Cruises

Alaska:

Top port: Glacier Bay

Based on real reviews - this is the best cruise in the world. Picture: Shutterstock

Best Large Ship Line: Celebrity Cruises

Best Small Ship Line: UnCruise Adventures

Top Cruise line with a private island:

Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Cay

Hawaii:

Top port: Kauai

Best Large Ship Line: Carnival Cruise Line

Hawaii is fun for all ages. Picture: Shutterstock

Eastern Mediterranean:

Top port: Dubrovnik

Best Large Ship Line: Celebrity Cruises

Best Small Ship Line: Variety Cruises

Western Mediterranean:

Top port: Villefranche

Villefranche France. Picture: Shutterstock

Best Large Ship Line: Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises)

Best Small Ship Line: Viking Ocean Cruises

British Isles and Western Europe:

Top port: Edinburgh

Best Large Ship Line: Royal Caribbean International

Best Small Ship Line: Viking Ocean Cruises

Edinburgh has history, comedy and whisky. Picture: Cruise Critic

The US and Canada:

Top port: Quebec City

Best Large Ship Line: Celebrity Cruises

Best Small Ship Line: Pearl Seas Cruises

Carribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda:

Top port: King’s Wharf

Best Large Ship Line: Celebrity Cruises

Best Small Ship Line: Island Windjammers

Western Caribbean and Riveriera Maya:

Top port: Havana

Havana Cuba. Picture: Shutterstock

Best Large Ship Line: Celebrity Cruises

Best Small Ship Line: Viking Ocean Cruises

Southern Caribbean:

Top port: Curacao

Best Large Ship Line: Celebrity Cruises

Best Small Ship Line: Island Windjammers

Mexico:

Top port: Huatulco

Best Large Ship Line: Princess Cruises

Baltics and Scandinavia:

Top port: St. Petersburg

St Petersburg will amaze you. Picture: Cruise Critic

Best Large Ship Line: Celebrity Cruises

Best Small Ship Line: Viking Ocean Cruises

Panama Canal and Central America:

Top port: Puerto Quetzal

Best Large Ship Line:Norwegian Cruise Line

Best Small Ship Line: Windstar Cruises

South America and Antartica:

Top port: Buenos Aires

Learn to dance in Buenos Aires. Picture: Shutterstock

Best Large Ship Line: Norwegian Cruise Line

Best Small Ship Line: Australis

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