2005 Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards

On these pages, Travel Weekly recognizes the cities and countries, hotel chains and tour operators, cruise lines and cruise ships, airlines, car rental agencies and theme parks that led the way in product and service during the past year. Each has earned a place among this year's finalists for Travel Weekly's Readers Choice Awards. 

  

The finalists were chosen this past summer by Travel Weekly readers, who took the time to name their choice of top supplier in each of 44 categories. Tabulation was done by Northstar Travel Media.      

  

The best of the best -- the Readers Choice Awards winners for 2005 -- will be announced at our Night of Celebration gala dinner at the Pierre Hotel in New York on Dec. 15. They will also be featured in our Jan. 16 issue.     

  

Proceeds from the event will support the efforts of three charitable organizations: the Nyumbani Village Project in Nairobi, Kenya; the Terry Lee Scholarship Fund; and Tourism Cares for Tomorrow.     

  

Please join us in congratulating all of the finalists in our third annual Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards. 

Best In Cruise:  Cruise Lines 

Top 5 Cruise Lines: Overall 

Carnival Cruise Lines

Celebrity Cruises

Holland America Line

Princess Cruises

Royal Caribbean International

Top 5 Cruise Lines: Luxury 

Crystal Cruises

Cunard Line

Radisson Seven Seas Cruises

Seabourn Cruise Line

Silversea Cruises

Top 5 Cruise Lines: Alaska 

Carnival Cruise Lines

Celebrity Cruises

Holland America Line

Princess Cruises

Royal Caribbean International

Top 5 Cruise Lines: Caribbean 

Carnival Cruise Lines

Celebrity Cruises

Holland America Line

Princess Cruises

Royal Caribbean International

Top 5 Cruise Lines: Europe 

Celebrity Cruises

Costa Cruises

Holland America Cruise Line

Princess Cruises

Royal Caribbean International

Top 5 Cruise Lines: Domestic 

Carnival Cruise Lines

Holland America Line

Norwegian Cruise Line

Princess Cruises

Royal Caribbean International

Top 5 Cruise Lines: Sales & Service 

Carnival Cruise Lines

Celebrity Cruises

Holland America Line

Princess Cruises

Royal Caribbean International

Best In Cruise: Cruise ships 

Top 6 Cruise Ships: Overall 

Carnival Legend (Carnival Cruise Lines)

Carnival Liberty (Carnival Cruise Lines)

Carnival Valor (Carnival Cruise Lines)

Constellation (Celebrity Cruises)

Mariner of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)

Navigator of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)

Top 5 Cruise Ships: Rookie 

Carnival Liberty (Carnival Cruise Lines)

Carnival Valor (Carnival Cruise Lines)

Costa Magica (Costa Cruises)

Pride of America (NCL America)

Norwegian Jewel (Norwegian Cruise Line)

Top 5 Cruise Ships: Luxury 

Crystal Serenity (Crystal Cruises)

Crystal Symphony (Crystal Cruises)

Queen Mary 2 (Cunard)

Seven Seas Voyager (Radisson Seven Seas)

Silver Whisper (Silversea Cruises)

Best Destinations In The World 

Top 5 Destinations: Asia and the South Pacific 

Australia

China

Japan

New Zealand

Thailand

Top 5 Destinations: Europe 

France

Ireland

Italy

Switzerland

U.K.

Top 5 Destinations: Mexico 

Cancun

Cozumel

Los Cabos

Puerto Vallarta

Riviera Maya

Top 5 Destinations: U.S. 

California

Colorado

Florida

Hawaii

New York

Top 5 Destinations: Caribbean 

Aruba

Dominican Republic

Jamaica

St. Lucia

U.S. Virgin Islands

Top 4 Destinations: Hawaii 

Big Island

Kauai

Maui

Oahu

Top 5 Cities: Asia and the South Pacific 

Bangkok

Hong Kong

Singapore

Sydney

Tokyo

Top 5 Cities: Canada 

Banff

Montreal

Quebec City

Toronto

Vancouver

Top 5 Cities: Europe 

Florence

London

Paris

Rome

Venice

Top 5 Cities: U.S. 

Las Vegas

Miami

New York

San Diego

San Francisco

Best in Hotel Chains 

  

Top 5 Hotel Chains: Caribbean 

Hilton Hotels

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Marriott International

Riu Hotels and Resorts

Sandals Resorts

Top 5 Hotel Chains: Europe 

Best Western Hotels

Hilton Hotels

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

Marriott International

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Top 5 Hotel Chains: Domestic 

Hilton Hotels

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts

Marriott International

Starwood Hotels and Resorts

Ritz-Carlton

Top 7 Hotel Chains: International 

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Hilton Hotels

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

Marriott International

Ritz-Carlton

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Top 7 Hotel Chains: Upscale Class 

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Hilton Hotels

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts

Marriott International

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Ritz-Carlton

Top 6 Hotel Chains: Mid-level Class 

Best Western

Choice Hotels

Hilton Hotels

Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts

Marriott International

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Top 5 Hotel Chains: Economy Class 

Best Western

Choice Hotels

Fairfield Inn

Hampton Inn

Holiday Inn

Top 5 Hotel Chains: Sales & Service 

Hilton Hotels

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Marriott International

Ritz-Carlton

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Theme Parks 

Top 5 Theme Parks 

Busch Gardens

Disneyland (Anaheim, Calif.)

Walt Disney Word (Orlando)

Six Flags

Universal Studios

Tour Operators 

Top 5 Tour Operators: Domestic 

Funjet Vacations

Globus

Gogo Worldwide Vacations

Tauck World Discovery

Travel Impressions

Top 5 Tour Operators: International 

Globus

Gogo Worldwide Vacations

Tauck World Discovery

Trafalgar Tours

Travel Impressions

Top 5 Tour Operators: Luxury 

Abercrombie & Kent

Classic Vacations

Tauck World Discovery

Travcoa

Travel Impressions

Top 5 Tour Operators: Africa 

Abercrombie & Kent

Big Five Tours & Expeditions

Globus

Micato Safaris

Tauck World Discovery

Top 5 Tour Operators: Asia and the South Pacific 

Abercrombie & Kent

General Tours

Globus

Pacific Delight World Tours

Pleasant Holidays

Top 5 Tour Operators: Canada 

Brewster

Globus

Gogo Worldwide Vacations

Tauck World Discovery

Trafalgar Tours

Top 5 Tour Operators: Caribbean 

Apple Vacations

Classic Vacations

Funjet Vacations

Gogo Worldwide Vacations

Travel Impressions

Top 5 Tour Operators: Europe 

Globus

Tauck World Discovery

Trafalgar Tours

Travel Bound

Travel Impressions

Top 5 Tour Operators: Hawaii 

Blue Sky Tours

Classic Vacations

Gogo Worldwide Vacations

Pleasant Holidays

Travel Impressions

Top 5 Tour Operators: Mexico 

Apple Vacations

Funjet Vacations

Gogo Worldwide Vacations

Pleasant Holidays

Travel Impressions

Top 5 Tour Operators: Sales & Service 

Apple Vacations

Globus

Gogo Worldwide Vacations

Tauck World Discovery

Travel Impressions

Best in Transportation 

Top 5 Airlines: Domestic 

American Airlines

Continental Airlines

Delta Air Lines

JetBlue Airways

Southwest Airlines

Top 6 Airlines: International 

American Airlines

British Airways

Continental Airlines

Delta Air Lines

Singapore Airlines

Virgin Atlantic Airways

Top 5 Car Rentals: Domestic 

Alamo

Avis

Budget

Enterprise

Hertz

Top 5 Car Rentals: International 

Alamo

Auto Europe

Avis

Budget

Hertz

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