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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 2010 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.

2010 TravelAge West Editor's Picks

CRUISE

 

 

Best Onboard Entertainment
• Disney Cruise Line
• Holland America Line
• Norwegian Cruise Line
• Royal Caribbean International

Best Teen Program
• Carnival Cruise Lines
• Disney Cruise Line
• Royal Caribbean International

Best Cruise-Tour Program
• Celebrity Cruises
• Holland America Line
• Princess Cruises
• Royal Caribbean International

Cruise Line with the Highest Client Satisfaction (less than 1,100 passengers)
• Crystal Cruises
• Oceania Cruises
• Regent Seven Seas Cruises
• The Yachts of Seabourn
• Silversea Cruises
• Windstar Cruises

Cruise Line with the Highest Client Satisfaction (more than 1,100 passengers)
• Carnival Cruise Lines
• Celebrity Cruises
• Costa Cruises
• Holland America Line
• Princess Cruises
• Royal Caribbean International

Best New Ship (Ocean-going)
• Carnival Dream, Carnival Cruise Lines
• Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Cruises
• Costa Luminosa, Costa Cruises
• Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International
• Seabourn Odyssey, The Yachts of Seabourn

Cruise Line Providing the Best Travel Agent Support
• Carnival Cruise Lines
• Celebrity Cruises
• Holland America Line
• Princess Cruises
• Royal Caribbean International

Best U.S. Homeport
• Fort Lauderdale
• Miami
• San Diego
• Seattle

Best Overall Cruise Line for River Cruising
• Amawaterways
• Avalon Waterways
• Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
• Victoria Cruises
• Viking River Cruises

Best New Ship (River Cruise)
• Avalon Affinity, Avalon Waterways
• Swiss Jewel, Tauck
• Amalyra, Amawaterways
• River Beatrice, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
• Victoria Jenna, Victoria Cruises
• Viking Legend, Viking River Cruises

River Cruise Line Providing the Best Travel Agent Support
• Amawaterways
• Avalon Waterways
• Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
• Viking River Cruises

HOTELS & RESORTS

Hotel/Resort Chain Providing the Best Travel Agent Support
• Aston Hotels & Resorts
• Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
• Marriott International
• Outrigger Hotels & Resorts
• Sandals
• Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Best New Resort or Major Renovation, Hawaii
• The Kahala Hotel & Resort (Oahu)
• Koa Kea Hotel & Resort (Kauai)
• Mauna Kea Resort (Big Island)
• Outrigger Reef on the Beach (Oahu)
• The Royal Hawaiian Hotel (Oahu)

Best New Resort or Major Renovation, Mexico
• Azul Sensatori Hotel, by Karisma (Riviera Maya)
• Capella Pedregal (Cabo San Lucas)
• Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa (Cancun)
• Hacienda Tres Rios Cancun Resort & Spa (Riviera Maya)
• The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort (Punta Mita)

Best New Resort or Major Renovation, Caribbean
• Cap Maison Luxury Villa Resort & Spa (St. Lucia)
• Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)
• Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall (Jamaica)

Best Luxury Resort, Hawaii
• Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu (Big Island)
• Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea (Maui)
• Halekulani Hotel (Oahu)
• The Kahala Hotel & Resort (Oahu)
• The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua (Maui)

Best Resort for a Romance Vacation, Hawaii
• Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa (Kauai)
• Halekulani Hotel (Oahu)
• Hanalei Colony Resort (Kauai)
• Hotel Hana-Maui (Maui)
• Waimea Plantation Cottages (Kauai)

Best Resort for a Romance Vacation, Mexico
• Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso (Riviera Maya)
• La Casa Que Canta (Zihuatanejo)
• Las Brisas Acapulco (Acapulco)
• Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort (Los Cabos)
• Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya (Riviera Maya)

Best Resort for a Romance Vacation, Caribbean
• Anse Chastanet Resort (St. Lucia)
• Couples Swept Away (Jamaica)
• Sandals Grande St. Lucian (St. Lucia)
• Sunset at the Palms (Jamaica)
• The Caves (Jamaica)

Best All-Inclusive Resort, Mexico
• Club Med Ixtapa Pacific (Ixtapa)
• Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa (Cancun)
• Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort Riviera Maya (Riviera Maya)
• Royal Hideaway Playacar (Riviera Maya)
• Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya (Riviera Maya)

Best All-Inclusive Resort, Caribbean
• Beaches Turks & Caicos (Turks & Caicos)
• Club Med Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)
• Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa (Dominican Republic)
• Sandals Whitehouse European Village (Jamaica)

DESTINATION

Favorite European City
• Berlin
• Dublin
• London
• Madrid
• Vienna

Favorite Asian City
• Bangkok
• Hong Kong
• Shanghai
• Singapore
• Tokyo

Best Destination for a Honeymoon/Romance Vacation
• Hawaii
• Jamaica
• Mexico
• Tahiti

Destination with the Highest Client Satisfaction, USA
• Las Vegas
• Oahu
• Orlando
• San Francisco

Best of the West: Best City for a Foodie Vacation
• Honolulu
• Las Vegas
• Los Angeles
• Portland
• San Francisco

Favorite Three-Night Destination to Sell
• Disneyland
• Las Vegas
• New York City
• San Diego
• Seattle

AIRLINE

Best Airline, Domestic
• American Airlines
• Continental Airlines
• JetBlue
• Southwest Airlines

Best Airline, International
• Cathay Pacific Airways
• Lufthansa
• Singapore Airlines
• Thai Airways
• Virgin Atlantic

TOUR OPERATOR

Best Tour Operator, Escorted
• Brendan
• Collette Vacations
• Globus Family of Brands
• Tauck
• Trafalgar Tours

Best Tour Operator, FIT
• Apple Vacations
• Classic Vacations
• Gogo Worldwide Vacations
• Travel Bound
• Travel Impressions

Tour Operator Providing the Best Travel Agent Support
• Classic Vacations
• Globus Family of Brands
• Pleasant Holidays
• Tauck
• Trafalgar Tours

Most Knowledgeable Tour Operator Reservations Staff
• Classic Vacations
• Globus Family of Brands
• Tauck

 

Best Tour Operator, Africa
• Abercrombie & Kent
• African Travel, Inc.
• Big Five Tours & Expeditions
• Micato Safaris

Best Tour Operator, Asia
• Orient Flexi-Pax Tours
• Pacific Delight Tours
• Ritz Tours
• Sita World Tours

Best Tour Operator, Australia/New Zealand/South Pacific
• All About Tours
• Australian Pacific Touring (APT)
• Goway Travel
• Qantas Vacations

Best Tour Operator, Europe
• Collette Vacations
• Insight Vacations
• Globus Family of Brands
• Tauck
• Trafalgar Tours

Best Tour Operator, Hawaii
• All About Hawaii
• Apple Vacations
• Blue Sky Tours
• Classic Vacations
• Pleasant Holidays

Best Tour Operator, Mexico
• Apple Vacations
• Classic Vacations
• Gogo Worldwide Vacations
• Pleasant Holidays
• Travel Impressions

Best Tour Operator, Middle East
• Abercrombie & Kent
• General Tours
• IsramWorld
• Ya’lla Tours

Best Tour Operator USA/Canada
• Globus Family of Brands
• Gogo Worldwide Vacations
• Tauck
• Travel Impressions

CAR RENTAL

Car Rental Providing the Best Travel Agent Support
• Alamo Rent A Car
• Avis Rent A Car
• Budget Rent A Car
• Enterprise Rent-A-Car
• Hertz Car Rental

RAIL

Best North American Rail Vacation Provider
• Alaska Railroad
• Amtrak
• Rocky Mountaineer
• Via Rail Canada

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