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Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa has been voted the best cruise ship in the world for the 11th year in a row.

Europa, although now 11 years old, scooped the accolade from the author of the 2011 Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships, Douglas Ward.


Ward, who has notched up a total of more than 15 years at sea, awarded Europa a five-star plus rating – the only ship which has secured such a rating.

Ward, who has notched up a total of more than 15 years at sea, awarded Europa a five-star plus rating – the only ship which has secured such a rating.

SeaDream II secured the second spot and Seabourn Odyssey the third. The rest of the top 11 (below) consisted entirely of these two brands and Silversea.

Seabourn vice president Europe Middle East and Africa Andy Magowan said:

“We are delighted that our entire fleet features in the top ten list of best cruise ships as published by Berlitz – one of the most respected industry guides.

“Of particular note it is fantastic to see our two new yachts Sojourn and Odyssey are so highly rated in a very competitive market place and that one of the original sisters Seabourn Legend is scoring higher than other newer competitive vessels.

“We are delighted with how well the new ships have been received by the industry and consumers alike.

“We look forward to seeing where our next yacht Seabourn Quest will feature in 2011 – we aim to have all six yachts in the top 10.”

Ward reviewed a total of 285 ships for the latest guide, using a points rating of up to 2,000. Europa secured 1,853.

The top rated cruise ships are:

1. Europa (1,853 points)

2. SeaDream II (1,788 points)

3. Seabourn Odyssey (1,787)

4. Seabourn Sojourn (1,787)

5. SeaDream I (1,786)

6. Seabourn Legend (1,774)

7. Silver Spirit (1,772)

8. Seabourn Spirit (1,770)

9. Seabourn Pride (1,769)

10. Silver Whisper (1,753)

11. Silver Shadow (1,750)

At the bottom of the list are the 1-star Plus National Geographic vessels Sea Lion and Sea Bird, each with 743 points.

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