The winners of Travel Weekly's 2018 Readers Choice Awards

NEW YORK -- Travel Weekly on Thursday announced the winners of its 16th annual Readers Choice Awards.

The winners, in categories ranging from hotels to tours to airlines to GDSs to cruise lines and more, represent the best of the best in travel. Click here to see all the finalists in all categories.

The awards were presented during a black-tie gala dinner at the Conrad New York. At the event, Dave Hilfman, senior vice president of worldwide sales for United, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. 

A Tourism Cares reception to honor its Hearts of Travel awards preceded the Readers Choice dinner. Brett Tollman of the Travel Corporation, Baraka and World Central Kitchen, and Elevate Destinations were the recipients of its Champion of Change, Agents of Change and Industry Innovator awards.

For the entire list of Readers Choice Awards finalists, click here.

 

Best in Airlines

  • Domestic: Delta Air Lines
  • International: Delta Air Lines
  • Business/First Class: Emirates
  • Global Network: United Airlines
  • Sales & Service: Delta Air Lines
  • Overall: Delta Air Lines 

Best in Car Rentals

  • Domestic: Hertz
  • International: Hertz

Best in Hotel Chains

  • Domestic: Marriott International
  • Asia: InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Caribbean: Sandals Resorts
  • Europe: InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Mexico: Playa Resorts/Hyatt
  • Hawaii/South Pacific: Marriott International
  • All-Inclusive: Sandals Resorts
  • Luxury: Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts
  • Upscale: Hilton
  • Mid-Priced: Hampton Inn
  • Boutique: Karisma Hotels & Resorts
  • Sales & Service: Marriott International
  • Overall: Marriott International

Best Resort Worldwide

  • St. Regis Bora Bora

Best in Tour Operators

  • Domestic Packaged: Funjet Vacations
  • Domestic Escorted: Trafalgar Tours
  • International: Trafalgar Tours
  • Adventure: Abercrombie & Kent
  • Africa: African Travel, Inc.
  • Asia/Pacific: Globus
  • Canada: Tauck
  • Caribbean: Apple Vacations
  • Europe: Globus
  • Hawaii: Pleasant Holidays
  • Mexico: Funjet Vacations
  • Luxury: Abercrombie & Kent
  • Group Packaged: GOGO Vacations
  • Escorted Sales & Service: Globus
  • Packaged Sales & Service: Travel Impressions
  • Escorted Overall: Globus
  • Packaged Overall: Delta Vacations

Best in Cruise Lines

  • Domestic: Carnival Cruise Line
  • Alaska: Princess Cruises
  • Caribbean: Royal Caribbean International
  • Europe: Celebrity Cruises
  • Hawaii/Pacific: Norwegian Cruise Line  
  • Under 1,000 Berths: Seabourn
  • Premium: Celebrity Cruises
  • Luxury: Crystal Cruises
  • River Cruising: Viking River Cruises
  • Best World Cruise Itinerary: Holland America Line
  • Best Family Cruise Line: Carnival Cruise Line
  • Expedition: Celebrity Cruises
  • Best Cuisine: Oceania Cruises
  • Best Entertainment: Royal Caribbean International
  • Best Private Island/Destination: Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line
  • River Cruise Sales & Service: Viking River Cruises
  • Sales & Service: Royal Caribbean International
  • Overall: Royal Caribbean International

Best in Cruise Ships

  • River Cruising: AmaKristina, AmaWaterways
  • New: Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Premium: Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Cruises
  • Luxury: Seven Seas Explorer, Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Overall Individual: Harmony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International

Best in Destinations

  • Africa: South Africa
  • Asia/Pacific: Australia
  • Canada: Vancouver
  • Caribbean: Dominican Republic
  • Central/South America: Costa Rica
  • Europe: Ireland
  • Hawaii: Maui
  • Mexico: Riviera Maya
  • U.S. State: Hawaii
  • U.S. City: Las Vegas

Best Theme Park

  • Walt Disney World

Best Travel Agent Educational Program

  • Delta Vacations University -- Delta Vacations

Best Agent Loyalty Program

  • Norwegian Cruise Line 

Best Rail Vacation

  • Rocky Mountaineer  

Best GDS

  • Sabre

Best Insurance Provider

  • Allianz Global Assistance 

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