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Cruise Critic wins Gold in Lowell Thomas Awards

Cruise Critic (, the world’s largest cruise news and reviews site, has received a Gold Award in the 2011 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. The award, the top in the category of Service-Oriented Consumer Article, honored Cruise Critic’s story “The Free Cruise Offer: Scam or Legit,” which was written by News Editor Dan Askin.

The annual competition, sponsored by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation, is recognized as the most prestigious in the field of travel journalism. The 2011 winners were announced at the SATW convention, held earlier this month in New Zealand. The faculty of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication served as judges of more than 1,200 entries.

In honoring Cruise Critic’s winning submission, the judges said “This is great investigative work into a company drawing hundreds of consumer complaints. Anybody who thinks they are getting a free cruise -- touted on television, online or in “congratulations” mailings of award certificates -- needs to read Dan Askin’s piece.”

While Cruise Critic has received Lowell Thomas Awards in previous years, this year’s award is particularly special for the site. “Winning a Lowell Thomas Award in the Service-Oriented Consumer Article category is especially gratifying because helping cruise travelers be as informed as they can be is really a core mission for Cruise Critic,” says Carolyn Spencer Brown, Cruise Critic editor in chief.

Cruise Critic is the leading source of cruise information on the Web, with more than 80,000 cruise reviews, and is home to the world’s largest online cruise community. 
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