Forbes Travel Guide Launches Second Wave of Ocean Cruise Ratings

ATLANTA – June 26, 2023 – As cruises experience a boom in bookings on par with pre-pandemic levels, Forbes Travel Guide (“FTG”)—the only independent, exacting global rating system for luxury hotels, ocean cruises, restaurants and spas—today revealed the second installment of its 2023 Star Awards for ocean cruises. See the full list of honorees on

FTG, which has rated hotels since 1958, launched its inaugural cruise ratings in February 2023 with five ships: Celebrity Apex, Celebrity Flora and Celebrity Millennium earned Four-Star honors, while Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Summit achieved Recommended awards. Today, FTG adds more luxury ships to its Star Rating list: Seabourn Ovation and Silversea Cruises’ Silver Shadow both garnered Four-Star accolades while Oceania Cruises’ Insignia earned Recommended. More ships will be announced in FTG’s annual Star Awards in February 2024.

“Forbes Travel Guide continues to broaden the selection of elevated cruise experiences with our ratings,” said Amanda Frasier, President of Ratings for FTG. “We see a growing demand for high-end travel experiences, and these ocean cruises, along with the rest of the hotels, restaurants and spas on our 2023 Star Rating list, demonstrate a strong dedication to creating meaningful and unforgettable memories for luxury travelers.”

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