Stella Awards 2021: Best Cruise Line

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Silversea Cruises Ltd.

Running a fleet of extraordinary ships ranging in size from 51 to 304 suites, Silversea Cruises specializes in intimate luxury adventures to over 900 destinations on all seven continents that make just about as ideal an incentive award as exists. All accommodations are spacious, ocean-view suites that include butler service, and most include private verandas. Passengers can sail directly into the heart of St. Petersburg, Russia; around the tip of Cape Town, South Africa; along the oil-rich sheikdoms of the Middle East; across Australia’s bustling Sydney Harbor, and through breathtaking Chilean fjords.

The cruise line’s 10 purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition ships have been designed to navigate some of the world’s most remote destinations and feature mini-fleets of Zodiac boats that can access shallow water and rocky waterways, making them ideal for whale-watching excursions and sightseeing along rocky coastlines. Every ship also features an array of dining venues, including a main restaurant with open seating where passengers can dine whenever they please — making new friends from an international clientele along with way.

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Royal Caribbean International

A powerhouse cruise line with more than 300 destinations around the world, Royal Caribbean is particularly meetings-friendly, with onboard venues ranging from spectacular main theaters to dedicated conference centers and even ice-skating rinks with stadium seating. Coming in May 2022 is the new Wonder of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, a floating city with eight distinct neighborhoods and a boatload of attractions, able to hold nearly 8,000 passengers. For safety’s sake, the cruise line’s HVAC system continuously filters the air in all indoor areas while new sanitization protocols use EPA-certified disinfectants and techniques.

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MSC Cruises/MICE & Charters

From the Caribbean to the Mediterranean and beyond, MSC Cruises’ passengers experience comfortable luxury on ships that blend European charm with modern Italian elegance, as personified by the fleet’s godmother, legendary actress Sophia Loren. The line’s more than 20 ships have capacities of from 2,520 to 6,762, the latter aboard the MSC World Europa, to set sail on its maiden voyage in December 2022. Incentive-worthy, MSC itineraries include the British Isles to Scandinavia via the Baltic States and Russia; the Mediterranean, from Italy to Greece; along the eastern coast of South America and much more. 

Finalist: Celebrity Cruises – Incentives, Meetings & Charters

On the heels of a year unlike any other for the cruise industry, Celebrity Cruises is proud to have hoisted anchor on the first ship to receive approval from the CDC to set sail again from the United States since the onset of the pandemic — the Celebrity Edge, which departed from Fort Lauderdale to Costa Maya, Cozumel and Nassau on June 26, 2021. Par for Celebrity’s fleet are intriguing destinations, innovative event venues, stunning accommodations, inspired dining, original entertainment and stringent protocols for onboard sanitation.