Budapest named best cruise destination 2017

THE port of call that leaves the most memorable impression on cruisers is Budapest, which was named the best cruise destination of 2017, according to members of the world's largest online cruise community.

Winners of's second annual Cruisers' Choice Destination Awards were based on reviews and ratings submitted by cruisers over the past year.

Budapest took the top honour this year, with visitors praising the city's historic beauty.

The awards named the top cruise destinations across 15 regions around the world.

In a recently conducted online poll, itinerary was named the most important factor when choosing a cruise (44%), followed by price (32%) and sail dates (12%).

The results were based on 1,155 responses.

"Itineraries are incredibly important to today's cruisers who are more focused than ever on where they're going and what they can do while they're there," said Colleen McDaniel, Senior Executive Editor in a statement.

"Cruise lines have focused on expanding their offerings to quench that thirst for exploration -- and this year's list of winning destinations shows the wide array of adventures cruising offers. You can sail among the glaciers in Alaska's Glacier Bay, feel like a character on 'Game of Thrones' in Dubrovnik or relax in a private island cabana in Castaway Cay. The options are endless."

Other big winners include Quebec City, which was named the best port in Canada and the US, and Cabo San Lucas for the top-rated port in the Mexican Riviera. — AFP Relaxnews