Travel Weekly presents Readers Choice finalists

2012 Readers Choice Awards finalistsTravel Weekly proudly presents your nominees for the 2012 Readers Choice Awards. This year's winners will be announced at the 10th annual Readers Choice Awards Gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York on Dec. 13.

Coming off an exciting and turbulent election year, Travel Weekly looks back at the best of the best in 59 categories that we cover, from airlines and cruise lines to tour operators and hotel chains.

Voting to determine winners ended Nov. 9, and results are being tabulated by Travel Weekly's parent, Northstar Travel Media.

To read about the finalists, click here to access our special report in the Dec. 10 issue. 

2012 TW Readers Choice Award Finalists

Airline: Domestic 

  • American Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United Airlines

Airline: International  

  • British Airways
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Lufthansa
  • Singapore Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic

Airline: Business/First Class 

  • American Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Emirates
  • Singapore Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic

Car Rental: Domestic 

  • Alamo Rent A Car
  • Avis Rent A Car
  • Budget Rent A Car
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Hertz
  • National Car Rental

Car Rental: International 

  • Alamo Rent A Car
  • Auto Europe
  • Avis Rent A Car
  • Budget Rent A Car
  • Europcar
  • Hertz

Hotel Chain: Domestic 

  • Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Marriott International
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Hotel Chain: Asia 

  • Hilton Worldwide
  • InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
  • Marriott International
  • Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Hotel Chain: Caribbean 

  • Barcelo Hotels & Resorts
  • Dreams Resorts & Spas
  • Hard Rock Hotel
  • Iberostar Hotels & Resorts
  • Riu Hotels & Resorts
  • Sandals Resorts

Hotel Chain: Europe 

  • Best Western
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Marriott International
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
  • Sofitel

Hotel Chain: Mexico 

  • Dreams Resorts & Spas
  • Iberostar Hotels & Resorts
  • Karisma Hotels & Resorts
  • Palace Resorts
  • Riu Hotels & Resorts
  • Secrets

Hotel Chain: Hawaii/South Pacific 

  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
  • InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Marriott International
  • Outrigger Hotels
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Hotel Chain: All-Inclusive 

  • Dreams Resorts & Spas
  • Iberostar Hotels & Resorts
  • Palace Resorts
  • Riu Hotels & Resorts
  • Sandals Resorts
  • Secrets

Hotel Chain: Luxury 

  • Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
  • Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  • Mandarin Oriental
  • Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts
  • St. Regis Hotels & Resorts
  • Waldorf Astoria

Hotel Chain: Upscale 

  • Crowne Plaza
  • Hilton
  • Hyatt
  • Marriott
  • Sandals Resorts
  • Westin Hotels & Resorts

Hotel Chain: Mid-Priced 

  • Best Western
  • Comfort Inn
  • Fairfield Inn
  • Hampton Inn
  • Holiday Inn

Hotel Chain: Boutique 

  • Hotel Indigo
  • Karisma Hotels & Resorts
  • Kimpton Hotels
  • Relais & Châteaux
  • W Hotels Worldwide
  • Zoetry Wellness & Spa Resorts

Hotel Chain: Sales & Service 

  • Hilton Worldwide
  • InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Marriott International
  • Sandals Resorts
  • Secrets Resorts & Spas
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Best Las Vegas Hotel 

  • Aria Hotel and Casino
  • Bellagio Las Vegas
  • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
  • The Venetian Las Vegas
  • Wynn Las Vegas

Best Resort Worldwide 

  • Atlantis
  • Fairmont Kea Lani
  • Cap Juluca
  • One&Only Palmilla
  • The Resort at Pelican Hill
  • St. Regis Bora Bora

Best Rail Vacation 

  • Amtrak
  • Orient-Express
  • Rail Europe
  • Rocky Mountaineer
  • VIA Rail Canada

Best Travel Agent Educational Program 

  • Five Star Academy -- Celebrity Cruises
  • Hotel Excellence! -- Marriott International
  • NCL University -- Norwegian Cruise Line
  • OneSource Academy -- Princess Cruises
  • University of WOW! -- Royal Caribbean International
  • Certified Sandals Specialist -- Sandals Resorts
  • Starwood Pro -- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Best GDS 

  • Amadeus
  • Apollo/Galileo
  • Sabre
  • Worldspan

Tour Operator: Domestic Packaged 

  • Classic Vacations
  • Funjet Vacations
  • GOGO Worldwide Vacations
  • MLT Vacations
  • Travel Impressions

Tour Operator: Domestic Escorted 

  • Collette Vacations
  • Globus
  • Insight Vacations
  • Tauck
  • Trafalgar Tours

Tour Operator: International 

  • Collette Vacations
  • Globus
  • GOGO Worldwide Vacations
  • Tauck
  • Trafalgar Tours
  • Travel Impressions

Tour Operator: Africa 

  • Abercrombie & Kent
  • African Travel, Inc.
  • Big Five Tours & Expeditions
  • Collette Vacations
  • Globus
  • Micato Safaris

Tour Operator: Asia/Pacific 

  • Abercrombie & Kent
  • Collette Vacations
  • Globus
  • Pacific Delight Tours
  • Pleasant Holidays
  • Tauck World Discovery

Tour Operator: Canada 

  • Collette Vacations
  • Globus
  • GOGO Worldwide Vacations
  • Tauck World Discovery
  • Trafalgar Tours
  • Travel Impressions

Tour Operator: Caribbean 

  • Apple Vacations
  • Classic Vacations
  • Funjet Vacations
  • GOGO Worldwide Vacations
  • MLT Vacations
  • Travel Impressions

Tour Operator: Europe 

  • Collette Vacations
  • Globus
  • GOGO Worldwide Vacations
  • Insight Vacations
  • Tauck World Discovery
  • Trafalgar Tours

Tour Operator: Hawaii 

  • Apple Vacations
  • Blue Sky Tours
  • Classic Vacations
  • GOGO Worldwide Vacations
  • Pleasant Holidays
  • Travel Impressions

Tour Operator: Mexico 

  • Apple Vacations
  • Funjet Vacations
  • GOGO Worldwide Vacations
  • MLT Vacations
  • Pleasant Holidays
  • Travel Impressions

Tour Operator: Luxury 

  • Abercrombie & Kent
  • Classic Vacations
  • GOGO Worldwide Vacations
  • Tauck World Discovery
  • Travel Impressions

Tour Operator: Sales & Service 

  • Apple Vacations
  • Collette Vacations
  • Globus
  • GOGO Worldwide Vacations
  • Tauck World Discovery
  • Travel Impressions

Cruise Line: Domestic 

  • Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Princess Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean International

Cruise Line: Alaska 

  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Holland America Line
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Princess Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean International

Cruise Line: Caribbean 

  • Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Holland America Line
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Princess Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean International

Cruise Line: Europe 

  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Holland America Line
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean International

Cruise Line: Luxury 

  • Crystal Cruises
  • Cunard Line
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Silversea Cruises
  • The Yachts of Seabourn

Cruise Line: Premium 

  • Azamara Club Cruises
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Holland America Line
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Princess Cruises

Cruise Line: River Cruising 

  • Ama Waterways
  • Avalon Waterways
  • Tauck World Discovery
  • Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
  • Viking River Cruises

Cruise Ship: River Cruising 

  • AmaCello, Ama Waterways
  • AmaCerto, Ama Waterways
  • Avalon Panorama, Avalon Waterways
  • S.S. Antoinette, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
  • River Beatrice, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
  • Viking Odin, Viking River Cruises

Cruise Ship: Rookie 

  • Carnival Breeze, Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Celebrity Silhouette, Celebrity Cruises
  • Disney Fantasy, Disney Cruise Line
  • Riviera, Oceania Cruises
  • MSC Divina, MSC Cruises

Cruise Ship: Premium 

  • Azamara Journey, Azamara Club Cruises
  • Celebrity Silhouette, Celebrity Cruises
  • Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Cruises
  • Marina, Oceania Cruises
  • Riviera, Oceania Cruises

Cruise Ship: Luxury 

  • Queen Mary 2, Cunard Line
  • Crystal Symphony, Crystal Cruises
  • Seven Seas Voyager, Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Silver Spirit, Silversea
  • Seabourn Quest, The Yachts of Seabourn

Cruise Ship: Overall Individual 

  • Celebrity Silhouette, Celebrity Cruises
  • Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Cruises
  • Queen Mary 2, Cunard Line
  • Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Allure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International
  • Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International

Cruise Line: Sales & Service 

  • Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Holland America Line
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Princess Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean International

Cruise Line: Overall 

  • Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Holland America Line
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Princess Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean International

Destination: Africa 

  • Botswana
  • Egypt
  • Kenya
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania

Destination: Asia/Pacific 

  • Australia
  • China
  • Fiji
  • Tahiti
  • Thailand

Destination: Canada 

  • Banff
  • Montreal
  • Quebec
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver

Destination: Caribbean 

  • Aruba
  • Barbados
  • Dominican Republic
  • Jamaica
  • St. Lucia
  • U.S. Virgin Islands

Destination: Central/South America 

  • Argentina
  • Belize
  • Brazil
  • Costa Rica
  • Peru

Destination: Europe 

  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Spain

Destination: Hawaii 

  • Big Island
  • Kauai
  • Lanai
  • Maui
  • Oahu

Destination: Mexico 

  • Cabo
  • Cancun
  • Cozumel
  • Puerto Vallarta
  • Riviera Maya

Destination: U.S. State 

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • New York

Destination: U.S. City 

  • Las Vegas
  • Miami
  • New York City
  • Orlando
  • San Francisco

Theme Park 

  • Busch Gardens
  • Disneyland
  • SeaWorld
  • Six Flags
  • Universal Studios
  • Walt Disney World 
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