2009 TravelAge West Editor's Picks

The Editor’s Picks were chosen by the entire editorial team of TravelAge West

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TravelAge West, the leading travel industry trade publication in the western United States, has announced its Editor’s Picks as part of the magazine’s 2009 WAVE Awards.

The Editor’s Picks were chosen by Editor-in-Chief Ken Shapiro and the entire editorial team of TravelAge West. Review methods included product analysis, on-site visits, a survey of a select group of travel agents and online research.

2009 EDITOR’S PICKS

CRUISE

Best Overall Onboard Dining Experience on a Specific Ship
1. Crystal Serenity, Crystal Cruises
2. Insignia, Oceania Cruises
3. Seven Seas Voyager, Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Best Overall Spa Facility on a Specific Ship
1. Queen Victoria, Cunard Line
2. Costa Concordia, Costa Cruises
3. Freedom of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International

Best Onboard Children’s Program
1. Carnival Cruise Lines
2. Disney Cruise Line
3. Norwegian Cruise Line
4. Royal Caribbean International

Best Overall Cruise Line for River Cruising
1. Avalon Waterways
2. Peter Deilmann Cruises
3. Uniworld Grand River Cruises
4. Viking River Cruises

Best New Ship (Ocean-going) Oct. 2007-Oct. 2008
1. Carnival Splendor, Carnival Cruise Lines
2. Queen Victoria, Cunard Line
3. Eurodam, Holland America Line
4. Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Cruise Line

Best New Ship (River Cruise) Oct. 2007-Oct. 2008
1. Amadante, AMAWATERWAYS
2. Avalon Scenery, Avalon Waterways
3. Swiss Sapphire, Tauck World Discovery

Cruise Line With the Highest Client Satisfaction (More than 1,100 passengers)
1. Celebrity Cruises
2. Holland America Line
3. Princess Cruises
4. Royal Caribbean International

Cruise Line With the Highest Client Satisfaction (Less than 1,100 passengers)
1. Crystal Cruises
2. Oceania Cruises
3. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
4. Silversea Cruises

Cruise Line Providing the Best Travel Agent Support
1. Carnival Cruise Lines
2. Holland America Line
3. Princess Cruises
4. Royal Caribbean International

River Cruise Line Providing the Best Travel Agent Support
1. AMAWATERWAYS
2. Peter Deilmann Cruises
3. Uniworld Grand River Cruises
4. Viking River Cruises

Best Incentive Program by a Cruise Line
1. Carnival Cruise Lines
2. Holland America Line
3. Princess Cruises
4. Royal Caribbean International

HOTELS

Best Family-Friendly Resort — Mexico
1. Barcelo La Jolla de Mismaloya (Puerto Vallarta)
2. Club Med Ixtapa Pacific (Ixtapa)
3. Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa (Cancun)
4. Paradisus Riviera Cancun (Riviera Maya)

Best Family-Friendly Resort — Hawaii
1. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
2. Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa
3. Hilton Waikoloa Village
4. Sheraton Waikiki

Best Family-Friendly Resort — Caribbean
1. Atlantis (Bahamas)
2. Beaches Turks & Caicos (Turks & Caicos)
3. Club Med Punta Cana (Dominican Republic
4. Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort (formerly Sheraton Cable Beach) (Nassau)

Best Full-Service Resort Spa — Mexico
1. Royal Hideaway Spa at Royal Hideaway Playacar (Riviera Maya)
2. Tatewari Spa at Villa La Estancia (Nuevo Vallarta)
3. The Spa at Esperanza, An Auberge Resort (Cabo San Lucas)
4. The Spa at Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort (Los Cabos)

Best New Property or Major Renovation, Mexico (Oct. 2007-Oct. 2008)
1. Aqua Cancun (Cancun)
2. Hotel Riu Palace Pacifico (Puerto Vallarta)
3. Mandarin Oriental Rivera Maya (Riviera Maya)
4. Rosewood Mayakoba (Riviera Maya)

Best New Property or Major Renovation, Hawaii (Oct. 2007-Oct. 2008)
1. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua (Maui)
2. Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa (Oahu)
3. Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa (Maui)

Best New Property or Major Renovation, Caribbean (Oct. 2007-Oct. 2008)
1. Iberostar Rose Hall Suites (Jamaica)
2. La Concha, a Renaissance Resort (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
3. Hotel Riu Montego Bay (Jamaica)

Hotel/Resort Chain Providing the Best Travel Agent Support
1. Hilton Hotels
2. Marriott International
3. Sandals
4. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Best Agent Incentive Program by a Hotel Company
1. Aston Hotels & Resorts
2. Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
3. Marriott International
4. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

TOUR OPERATORS

Best Overall Tour Operator
1. Classic Vacations
2. GOGO Worldwide Vacations
3. Globus Family of Brands
4. Pleasant Holidays
5. Tauck World Discovery

Best Tour Operator, Africa
1. Abercrombie & Kent
2. African Travel Inc.
3. Micato Safaris

Best Tour Operator, Middle East
1. General Tours World Traveler
2. Isramworld
3. Ya’lla Tours

Best Tour Operator, Hawaii
1. All About Hawaii
2. Apple Vacations
3. Classic Vacations
4. Pleasant Holidays

Best Tour Operator, Mexico
1. Apple Vacations
2. Classic Vacations
3. Pleasant Holidays
4. Travel Impressions

Best Tour Operator, Asia
1. Pacific Delight Tours
2. Ritz Tours
3. SITA World Tours

Best Tour Operator, Europe
1. Brendan
2. Globus Family of Brands
3. Tauck World Discovery
4. Trafalgar Tours

Best Tour Operator, Australia/New Zealand/South Pacific
1. All About Tours
2. Australian Pacific Touring (APT)
3. Goway
4. Qantas Vacations

Most Knowledgeable Reservations Staff
1. Classic Vacations
2. GOGO Worldwide Vacations
3. Happy Vacations
4. Travel Impressions

Tour Operator Providing the Best Travel Agent Support
1. Classic Vacations
2. Globus Family of Brands
3. Pleasant Holidays
4. Trafalgar Tours

AIRLINES

Best Airline, Domestic
1. Alaska Airlines
2. Continental Airlines
3. Southwest Airlines
4. Virgin America

Best Airline, International
1. British Airways
2. Lufthansa
3. Singapore Airlines
4. Qantas

CAR RENTAL

Car Rental Company Providing the Best Travel Agency Support
1. Budget Rent A Car
2. Enterprise Rent-A-Car
3. Hertz

DESTINATIONS

Favorite Three-Night Weekend Destination to Sell
1. Disneyland Resort
2. Las Vegas
3. San Diego
4. San Francisco

Best Destination for a Beach Vacation, Mexico
1. Cancun
2. Los Cabos
3. Puerto Vallarta
4. Riviera Maya

Best Destination for a Beach Vacation, Caribbean
1. Aruba
2. Dominican Republic
3. Jamaica
4. United States Virgin Islands

Best Asian Country for a Cultural Travel Experience
1. China
2. India
3. Japan
4. Thailand

Best European Country for a Family Vacation
1. England
2. Germany
3. Ireland
4. Italy

Best European Country for Vacation Value
1. Croatia
2. Czech Republic
3. Spain
4. Turkey

BEST OF THE WEST

Best Luxury Resort in the West
1. Auberge du Soleil (Napa, CA)
2. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai (Big Island, HI)
3. Montage (Laguna Beach, CA)
4. The Phoenician (Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ)

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