4th Annual #CruiseChat Awards

Congratulations to all our winners!

Favorite Overall Cruise line

Winner: Carnival Cruise Line

Runner up: Disney Cruise Line


Most Engaging Cruise Executive on Social Media

Winner: @LarryPimentel, Azamara Club Cruises

Runner up: @KenMusket, MSC Cruises


Favorite Overall Cruise Destination

Winner: Caribbean

Runner up; Bahamas


Favorite Kids Programs

Winner: Disney Cruise Line

Runner up: Carnival Cruise Line


Favorite River Cruise Line

Winner: Viking River Cruises

Runner up: AMAWaterways


Favorite 3rd Party Shore Excursion Provider

Winner: Shore Excursions Group

Runner up: ShoreFox


Favorite Loyalty Program

Winner: Carnival Cruise Line

Runner up: Royal Caribbean


Luckiest Onboard Casinos

Winner: Carnival Cruise Line

Runner up: Royal Caribbean


Favorite Onboard Spa

Winner: Carnival Cruise Line

Runner up: Royal Caribbean


Most Engaging Cruise Industry Twitter Account

Winner: @Carnival

Runner up: @DisneyCruise


Favorite Overall Dining

Winner: Carnival Cruise Line

Runner up: Disney Cruise Line


Most Romantic Cruise Line

Winner: Princess Cruises

Runner up: Carnival Cruise Line


Favorite Cruise Podcast

Winner: Cruise Radio

Runner up: Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast


Favorite Entertainment:

Winner: Disney Cruise Line

Runner up: MSC Cruises USA


Favorite Cruise News Source

Winner: Cruise Critic

Runner up: Cruise Radio


Favorite US Embarkation Port

Winner: PortMiami

Runner up: Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale


Favorite Bucket List Cruise Destination

Winner: Europe

Runner up: Alaska


Favorite Luxury Cruise Line

Winner: Crystal Cruises

Runner up: Regent Cruises


Favorite Small Ship Cruise Line

Winner: Azamara Club Cruises

Runner up: Viking Cruises


Favorite Cruise Community Site

Winner: Cruise Critic

Runner up: Cruiseline.com

Favorite New Ship of 2015

Winner: Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas

Runner up: Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Escape


INDIVIDUAL #CRUISECHAT PRIZE WINNERS – Sponsored by MiamiCruiseMonth.com

$250 MasterCard Gift Card + Miami Prize Pack- @MBCohn

$50 MasterCard Gift Card + Miami Prize Pack – @Royalegacy

Porthole Cruise Magazine Subscription + Miami Prize Pack – @elw484


Week in and week out, #CruiseChat attracts some of the best and most knowledgeable cruise travelers anywhere, so that’s why we created The #CruiseChat Awards! Returning for a fourth year, The #CruiseChat Awards — aka #TheBirdies — are named after our intrepid mascot, co-host & Director of Chat Operations, Captain Birdie. The #CruiseChat Awards are designed to recognize and thank those in the cruise industry that are doing their best to inspire, delight and connect with cruise passengers, cruise-specialist travel agencies and the travel community on Social Media.

To thank you for your support of #CruiseChat and #TheBirdies Awards we’re partnering with Miami Cruise Month to offer you a chance to win one of 3 great prizes! Enter every day to win a $250 MasterCard Gift Card, a $50 MasterCard Gift Card or a 1-year subscription to Porthole Cruise Magazine and a Miami Prize Pack, courtesy of the Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau! We want you to spread the word about the #CruiseChat Awards far and wide, so we’re doing things a bit differently this year… you can earn extra entries to the sweepstakes by tweeting about the contest once a day using the contest widget, and you’ll also earn extra points for sharing the contest with your friends using the share option in the contest widget!

If you want to escape from the cold winter weather, book a cruise from Port Miami – the cruise capital of the World – this January! There are enticing special offers all month long. We’ll learn more about Miami Cruise Month and how you can take advantage of all the deals when we announce the #CruiseChat Award winners Tuesday, January 5 at 2 pm ET during a special 90-minute edition of #CruiseChat!



Sweepstakes begins at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) November 24, 2015 and ends at 11:45 p.m. (ET) on December 31, 2015. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
Who may enter: Sweepstakes open to legal residents of the United States and its territories, Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec) and United Kingdom and Ireland who are 18 years of age or older as of date of entry, and who have computer access, a Twitter account, an e-mail address and Internet access as of the date of entry. Employees, officers, and directors (including immediate family members and members of the same household) of the sponsor, the hosts/moderators and their parents, affiliates and subsidiaries and any others associated with this Sweepstakes are not eligible to participate.

How to enter: Login to the sweepstakes widget using your email address of Facebook account and perform some or all of the actions indicated in the widget. Some actions are mandatory and some actions can be repeated once each day. New actions will be added periodically throughout the contest period. Each action will earn you one entry into the #CruiseChat Awards sweepstakes.

Winning: On or about January 4, 2016, the winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received. SimonTravels will announce the winner via Twitter on Tuesday, January 5 after 2 pm ET during #CruiseChat. The potential Prize Winner must meet all eligibility requirements set forth in these rules to qualify for prize.

Prizes: 1. One $250 MasterCard Gift Card approx. retail value $250 USD + a Miami Prize Pack

2. One $50 MasterCard Gift Card approx. retail value $50 USD + a Miami Prize Pack

3. a 1 year (6 issue) subscription to Porthole Cruise Magazine, approx. retail value $19.95 + a Miami Prize Pack

A winner who resides in Canada, United Kingdom or Ireland may be offered a similar prize of equal value. Prize details and availability are subject to change, in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be substituted at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Certain restrictions may apply. Not redeemable for cash, non-transferable. The sponsor, Cruise Line Fans and Twitter and their parents, subsidiaries, and affiliated companies are not responsible for any damages or injury incurred by the contestant winners. The winner is responsible for reporting and paying all federal, state, provincial, local, and municipal taxes related to winning this prize. American Express and Porthole Cruise Magazine are not sponsors or participant in this giveaway and is not responsible for fulfillment of prizes.

Claiming prizes: Potential Winners must sign and return a release of liability, declaration of eligibility (or in Canada a Declaration of Compliance), and where lawful, a publicity consent agreement, all within ten (10) days of issuance or Prize may be forfeited. Canadian residents may be asked to first correctly answer a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question unaided by any mechanical or electronic calculation device or otherwise (as required by the Canadian government). In the event of noncompliance with these Official Rules, or if the entrant cannot be contacted via Twitter or if notification is undeliverable, prize will be forfeited. Prize is non-transferable, with no cash redemption or substitutions except at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Acceptance of prize also constitutes permission to use winner’s name, biographical information, and/or likeness for Sponsor’s promotional and/or advertising purposes without notice or compensation. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by all the Official Rules of this Sweepstakes.

Conditions: Participants release and agree to hold harmless the sponsors, hosts and moderators and their parents, affiliates, and subsidiaries or its respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents from any and all liability for any loss, harm, damages, costs or expenses, including without limitation, property damages, personal injury and/or death, arising out of participating in the promotion, the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize, or claims based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, or merchandise delivery, participation in this Sweepstakes, or participation in any of this Sweepstakes’ related activity. Prize will be fulfilled 6 to 8 weeks after return of release.

Entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the email account at the time of entry. The sponsors, hosts and moderators are not responsible for any: (a) telephone, computer, hardware, software, programming or interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections, network malfunction, or other technical failures or errors, or failure to properly process entries; (b) communication disruption or other forces beyond their reasonable control including inability to access the website, submit entries or other disruption related to Internet traffic, virus, bug, or non-authorized intervention; or (c) damage caused by computer virus or otherwise resulting to any computer from entrant’s access of the Sweepstakes website, whether human, mechanical, or electronic. If such malfunction, error, disruption, or damage occurs, and impairs the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper play of the Sweepstakes, the sponsors, moderators or hosts, in their sole discretion, may suspend or terminate the Sweepstakes by posting a notice via the @SimonTravels Twitter account and on CruiseChatLive.com. If the Sweepstakes is terminated before the end date, Sponsor will determine the winner from all eligible entries received as of the termination date. Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Sweepstakes, or whom Sponsor believes to be causing malfunction, error, disruption, or damage will be disqualified. Sponsor reserves the right to void all entries made through any robotic, automatic, mechanical, programmed, or similar entry duplication method and to disqualify any individual using such a method. By entering this contest, entrants agree that the sponsors, moderators and hosts have the sole right to decide all matters and disputes arising from the contest and their determination of the winner is final. All federal, state, provincial, municipal and local laws apply. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Sponsored by: Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (MiamiCruiseMonth.com)