Specialist cruises are fast becoming the perfect way to find the right holiday for you and your interests but which cruise line comes top of the class? Cruise Awards judge, Scott Anderson, gives his thoughts on the matter

Cruise International Awards Best Specialised Cruise

This category has a variety of smaller, specialist cruise lines in it- but most are known for their  “discovery” style of cruising: going to those hidden, smaller ports of call that the large ships cannot call at.

The advantage of this is that their cruise ship is the only one in port, meaning their guests can enjoy it without 2,000 + other people. Sea Cloud and Star Clippers offer an authentic tall-ship sailing experience on their masted vessels, powered by wind whenever possible, and the two sister-ships of SeaDream Yacht Club offer their 100 guests true pampering on ships more like a private yacht than cruise ship.

Orion are making waves down under with their expedition cruises around Borneo and Northern Australia, with a focus on wildlife and indigenous history, and Voyages to Antiquity have carved a niche for themselves with their style of relaxed yet educational cruises discovering lost civilizations and history of the Mediterranean, and this winter, the Far East.

But who do you think should win this year’s Cruise International Awards Best Specialist Cruise Line? Vote now and you could win a holiday to Fort Lauderdale!