by Josh Lieberman & Alison Golub | February 12, 2018
Stella Award-Winners Showcase: Best Cruise LineOutfitted with dedicated event spaces, a host of on-board entertainment and more, cruise ships offer a unique option for groups.Northstar Meetings Group is proud to present the winners of our inaugural Stella Awards, which recognize organizations worldwide that deliver the greatest possible service to meetings and events professionals. The awards celebrate critical aspects of the event experience across 18 different categories among six regions, including food and beverage, professionalism of staff, technology innovations, green initiatives and more.

We will feature a weekly showcase of 2017 Stella Award winners from each category. This week we showcase the Best Cruise Line. Below is just a sampling of the Best Cruise Line winners and finalists that stood out to the expert panel of judges overseen by the editors of Northstar Meetings Group's leading brands, Meetings & Conventions   and Successful Meetings. Finalists in each category were determined by industry professionals during an open voting period; you can view all winners and finalists here.

As we congratulate and celebrate our 2017 winners, nominations have opened for the 2018 Stella Awards. We invite you to nominate deserving industry suppliers to be considered for next year's honors. Stay tuned for open voting in the coming months.

Best Cruise Line

Stella Award-winning cruise lines are ushering in a sea change for meetings and incentives. Outfitted with dedicated event spaces, high-tech Internet and audiovisual capabilities, diverse F&B options and a host of on-board entertainment, cruise ships offer a unique and customizable option for groups large and small. Add to that the appeal of visiting different ports of call - along with tight budget control, considering most meals, entertainment and meeting venues are included - and you're charting a course for a spectacular event.
 
Royal Caribbean International
Winner, Best Cruise Line
With a fleet of 25 ships sailing the globe, Royal Caribbean International leads the way with the most innovative hardware in the industry, the largest and most unique onboard event venues, the fastest 4G Internet service at sea, culinary choices for all palates and more.
 
Silversea Cruises

Finalist, Best Cruise Line
Silversea's ultra-luxury vessels and suites are made to indulge passengers as they travel to intriguing destinations. The vessels are designed for fewer guests - and greater space and personalized service. The result is a more intimate setting than that of a larger ship, without sacrificing amenities found on larger vessels.