And the world's best new cruise ship is...

James Masters, for CNNUpdated 5th October 2015
(CNN) — The 2015 U.S. Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards have been revealed -- and it's the Viking that has conquered all.
Viking Star was named Best New Ship of 2015 in the ocean category, with judges loving its boutique style and stylish restaurants.
But this is no Viking longboat -- it's a state of the art cruise liner that has earned rave reviews from judges.
Viking Star won the Best New Ship of 2015 in the ocean category.
The 930-passenger ship was praised for its "more inclusive price structure from its river offerings" as well as the complimentary Wi-Fi, alcoholic beverages at lunch and dinner and a free shore excursion in every port.
Azamara Club Cruises scored highly with the judges as well, winning the Best Shore Excursions award for the second year in succession, while Carnival Cruise Line snagged the Best Value-for-Money award, commended for its "range of affordable fares and well-rounded offerings onboard."
There was a big win for Un-Cruise in the Best for Adventure category.
The line offers hiking, kayaking and snorkeling experiences across Alaska, Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest, Baja Mexico and the enchanting Galapagos.
Next year it's heading to Costa Rica, too.
Un-Cruise adventures was praised for its alternative style and adventure programs.
"Our editors live and breathe cruising, sailing year-round and covering every aspect of the industry -- from new ships and programs to updated amenities and features," said Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic.
"With so many wonderful cruise options available, it's never an easy list to narrow down, but these awards truly represent the lines that our experts have recognized as the best of the best.
"This year we also highlight the top river cruise lines, reflecting the growth of this sector -- in terms of both interest and options."
In the river category, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection stole the show with editors singling out the line's "lavish onboard offerings and amenities, new itineraries and innovative excursion offerings."
Uniworld's S.S. Maria Theresa wowed the editors with its style and sophistication.
The line won the Best River Cruise Line, Best New River Ship -- for the new S.S. Maria Theresa -- and Best Shore Excursions.
The S.S. Maria Theresa is a beautifully styled baroque vessel that sails down the Danube, Rhine and Main rivers with 150 guests on board.
Uniworld has successfully maintained the ship's character and history while making sure all the necessary mod cons are on board.
Crystal Cruises came out on top in the Luxury category.
In terms of luxury, Crystal Cruises came top of the class, while Royal Caribbean International was a hit with families.

2015 U.S Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards (Ocean)

Best New Ship: Viking Star (Viking Ocean Cruises)
Best Ship Refurbishment: Star Breeze (Windstar Cruises)
Best for Luxury: Crystal Cruises
Best for Families: Royal Caribbean International
Best Itineraries: Azamara Club Cruises
Best for Adventure: Un-Cruise Adventures
Best Value-for-Money: Carnival Cruise Line
Best Dining: Celebrity Cruises
Best Entertainment: Royal Caribbean International
Best Suites: Royal Caribbean International
Best Inside Cabins: Disney Cruise Line
Best Standard Cabins: MSC Cruises
Best Shore Excursions: Azamara Club Cruises
Best for Romance: Windstar Cruises
Best Nightlife: Norwegian Cruise Line
Best North American Homeport: Port Canaveral
Norwegian Cruise Line picked up the award for Best Nightlife.

2015 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards (River)

Best River Cruise Line: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Best New River Ship: Maria Theresa (Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection)
Best Dining: AmaWaterways
Best Cabins: Avalon Waterways
Best Enrichment: Grand Circle Cruise Line
Best Shore Excursions: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Best for Active Cruisers: AmaWaterways
Best Itineraries: Viking River Cruises
Best Value-for-Money: Emerald Waterways
Emerald Waterways has an indoor pool that transforms into a movie theater at night.

UK Cruise Critic Awards

The UK Cruise Critic Awards were also handed out Monday, with Crystal winning the top award for luxury there too.
"New ship launches, itineraries and onboard offerings bring more choice than before, which is great news for UK holidaymakers, but can make it even harder to choose the right cruise," said Cruise Critic UK editor, Adam Coulter.
"We aim to identify the lines we feel are at the top of their game, and highlight the latest innovations in the industry to help people when planning a cruise."
Britannia is the largest ship ever built for the UK market.
P&O Cruises' Britannia, the largest ship ever built for the UK market, was named Best New Ship and drew praise for its "sophisticated décor and design, and outstanding dining."
AmaWaterways picked up three awards including Best River Cruise Line and was congratulated on the success of its partnerships with Adventures by Disney and Backroads Tours to attract new, younger passengers and families. The line also won Best for Active Cruisers, and Best Dining.
Other ocean cruise line winners include Royal Caribbean, which took three awards for Best for Families, Best Entertainment and Best Suites.
Azamara's dedication to going the extra mile for its customers gained it support with the judges.
For the third consecutive year Azamara won the Best Shore Excursions award, while Celebrity Cruises' Eclipse was awarded Best Refurbishment.
River cruise winners include CroisiEurope, claiming Best New River Ship for Loire Princesse, and Best for Itineraries, while Emerald Waterways was named Best for Value.

2015 Cruise Critic UK Editors' Picks Awards (Ocean):

Best New Ship: P&O Cruises' Britannia
Best Refurbishment: Celebrity Eclipse
Best for Luxury: Crystal Cruises
Best for Families: Royal Caribbean
Best Itineraries: Fred. Olsen
Best for Adventure: Hurtigruten
Best Value: Thomson
Best Dining: P&O Cruises
Best Entertainment: Royal Caribbean
Best Suites: Royal Caribbean
Best Cabins: Holland America Line
Best Shore Excursions: Azamara
Best for Romance: Star Clippers
Best for Nightlife: Norwegian Cruise Line
Best UK Port of Call: Guernsey
Best UK Departure Port: Southampton
Hurtigruten takes its passengers to the Arctic to see the spectacular Northern Lights.

2015 Cruise Critic UK Editors' Picks Awards (River):

Best River Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
Best New River Ship: CroisiEurope's Loire Princesse
Best Dining: AmaWaterways
Best Cabins: Sanctuary Retreats
Best Enrichment: Tauck
Best Shore Excursions: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Best for Active Cruisers: AmaWaterways
Best for Itineraries: CroisiEurope
Best for Value: Emerald Waterways
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