Cruisers chose Budapest as the best destination for a boat trip. The Hungarian capital’s adventurous history goes way back, which is appealing to tourists, reports hajozas.hu. Another reason why people visit Budapest is the beautiful architecture.
Cruisecritic.com magazine, which focuses on boat trips, published the names of the winners of the Cruisers’ Choice Destination award, based on the tourists’ experiences. This year, Budapest was chosen the best among the European cities. Würzberg, Germany, placed second, while Vienna placed third.
Why is Budapest popular among tourists? Simple: the city’s history is rich and colourful, and the architecture is astonishing. A lot of visitors stayed for a while after they arrived at the city, to explore the wonders of Budapest.
There were fifteen separate categories, each corresponding to the different world regions. Glacier Bay was the winner in the Alaska category, and in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean category Dubrovnik, a newcomer in this competition, was praised most. Amsterdam and Villefranche, France, was also awarded.
“We didn’t know what to expect from Budapest, and were pleasantly surprised,” explains Cruise Critic member to the magazine. “It was a very exotic, friendly, and fun city. We loved the food, the baths, and the sights.”
According to Cruise Critic, the majority of the voters (44 percent) consider the travel plan to be the most important, while 32 percent consider the prices, 12 percent the timing and 12 percent the port from which they depart.
Here are the winners of each category:
Alaska: Glacier Bay
Asia & South Pacific Port: Singapore
Australia & New Zealand Port: Akaroa
Baltic & Scandinavia Port: St. Petersburg
Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda Port: King’s Wharf
Southern Caribbean Port: Curacao
Western Caribbean & Riviera Maya Port: Cozumel
The British Isles & Western Europe Port: Amsterdam
Eastern Mediterranean Port: Dubrovnik
European River Port: Budapest
Western Mediterranean Port: Villefranche
Hawaii Port: Kauai
Mexican Riviera, Central & South America Port: Cabo San Lucas
U.S. & Canada Port: Quebec City
Cruise Line Private Island: Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Cay