Top Cruise Bloggers Revealed in New Readers' Choice Poll

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Winners in the 10Best Readers’ Choice New Media Award for Best Cruise Blogger have just been announced after a four-week voting period ended earlier this week. The winners are as follows:

  • Sherry Laskin
    Cruise Maven

    Travel, cruise and food writer who hasn't been on a plane since 1995. She prefers traveling the world is on riverboats, cruise ships and trains and writing about it for Cruisemaven.com.

  • Danielle Fear
    Cruise Miss

    Frequent cruiser and frequently-quoted cruise expert who writes the Cruise Miss blog

  • Chris Owen
    Chris Cruises

    Orlando-based cruise expert who shares "frank, inside information" about cruise vacations with travelers. Follow Chris' blog, Chris Cruises.

  • Fran Golden
    Porthole Cruise News

    Former News Editor of AOL Travel. Author of several travel books including Frommer's Alaska Cruises & Ports of Call. She writes the Cruise News for Porthole Magazine's blog.

  • Jim Walker
    Cruise Law News

    Miami maritime lawyer and publisher of "Cruise Law News - Everything Cruise Lines Don't Want You to Know." Follow Jim's blog at, Cruise Law News.

  • Chris Gray Faust
    Cruise Critic's The Lido Deck

    Traveler, writer, editor, speaker, newspaper alum and destinations editor of Cruise Critc's blog, The Lido Deck

  • Scott Sanders
    Disney Cruise Line Blog

    Writer, editor, meteorologist, and photographer of The Disney Cruise Line Blog, an unofficial news, information and photo blog.

  • Anita Dunham-Potter
    Expert Cruiser

    Cruise columnist and passenger advocate for ExpertCruiser.com. Writes for Huffington Post and MSNBC.com.

  • Matt Hochberg
    Royal Caribbean Blog

    Writer of Royal Caribbean International's unofficial cruise blog. Follow Matt's blog, Royal Caribbean Blog.

  • John Heald
    John Heald's Blog

    Senior cruise director of Carnival Cruise Lines and a blogger for the cruise line. You can follow him at John Heald's Blog.

  1. John Heald - John Heald's Blog
  2. Matt Hochberg - Royal Caribbean Blog
  3. Anita Dunham-Potter - Expert Cruiser
  4. Scott Sanders - Disney Cruise Line Blog
  5. Chris Gray Faust - Cruise Critic's The Lido Deck
  6. Jim Walker - Cruise Law News
  7. Fran Golden - Porthole Cruise News
  8. Chris Owen - Chris Cruises
  9. Danielle Fear - Cruise Miss
  10. Sherry Laskin - Cruise Maven

A panel of experts picked 20 initial nominees, and winners were then determined by popular vote. And who would know better than celebrated USA TODAY Cruise Log blogger, Gene Sloan, long-time Cruise Diva, Linda Coffman, Doug Parker with Cruise Radio and Stewart Chiron aka The Cruise Guy

It was a tight race throughout the month of voting. The other nominees included Aaron Saunders (From the Deck Chair), Anne Campbell (Ship Critic Blog), Carrie Finley-Bajak (Cruise Buzz Blog), Jason Leppert (Popular Cruising), John Honeywell (Captain Greybeard), Linda Garrison (About.com Cruises), Paul Motter (CruiseMates Blog), Peter Knego (Peter Knego’s Sea Treks and Peter Knego's Decked!), Ralph Grizzle (Avid Cruiser), and Steve Newman (Time Spent At Sea).

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY. Upcoming New Media Awards include Best Theme Park Blogger, Best Independent Travel Videographer, Best Family Travel Blogger and Best Couples Travel Blogger.

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