Miami – (October 13, 2011 ) – In the midst of its most award-winning year in its 20-year history, Celebrity Cruises this week added a tremendously meaningful honor to its lineup. In the prestigious annual CondÃ© Nast Traveler Readersâ€™ Choice Awards celebrating the worldâ€™s best hotels, airlines, cities, islands and cruise lines, Celebrity ranked #1 in the highly competitive large-ship (2,500+ guests) category.
â€œAll of us at Celebrity are thrilled with this recognition, which is a genuine validation of everything weâ€™re devoted to offering our guests on every Solstice Class ship â€“ and on our Millennium Class ships, particularly as we continue our ambitious, $140-million â€˜Solsticizingâ€™ initiative on each of those ships,â€ said Celebrityâ€™s President & CEO Dan Hanrahan. â€œTo have our new Solstice Class ships recognized as the best in the category, just as our Millennium Class ships have been for several consecutive years, is extremely rewarding. Weâ€™re honored that the sophisticated readers of CondÃ© Nast Traveler appreciate the modern luxury weâ€™re focused on providing across the fleet.â€In addition to its ambitious Solsticizing program, Celebrity this year alone launched the fourth sleek ship in its stylish Solstice Class series, Celebrity Silhouette, complete with the industryâ€™s first outdoor, interactive barbecue area, â€œThe Lawn Club Grill,â€; initiated construction of the fifth Solstice Class ship, Celebrity Reflection, which sets sail in 2012; announced the lineâ€™s first sailings in Asia; announced a very special collaboration with The Breast Cancer Research FoundationÂ®; introduced specialty dining packages, as yet another illustration of Celebrityâ€™s culinary leadership and innovation, and published an engaging hardbound book filled with recipes, tips and personality profiles, Excite the Senses.
Additionally, on October 10, further showcasing its expertise in wine and food, Celebrity announced plans to introduce an entirely new series of wine-themed cruises in France, Spain and Portugal during peak harvest season in 2012, enhancing its already broad and varied European vacation options, with several itineraries featuring visits to the destinations Conde Nast Travelerâ€™s poll ranked as the top three in Europe: Florence, Barcelona, and Rome.
Nearly 29,000 readers participated in CondÃ© Nast Travelerâ€™s 24th annual survey, evaluating cruise lines in seven areas: Food/Dining, Staterooms, Design/Layout, Crew/Service, Shore Excursions, Activities/Facilities and Itineraries/Schedules. The complete listing of award winners is featured on Conde Nast Travelerâ€™s website and in the magazineâ€™s November 2011 issue.
About Celebrity Cruises:
Celebrity Cruisesâ€™ iconic â€œXâ€ is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationersâ€™ precious time. In addition to offering vacations visiting all continents, Celebrity also presents immersive cruisetour experiences in Alaska, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Europe and South America. One of the fastest-growing major cruise lines, Celebrity is one of five cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL). Celebrityâ€™s fleet currently consists of 10 ships, with an additional Solstice Class ship, Celebrity Reflection, scheduled to join the fleet in Fall 2012. For more information, dial 1-800-437-3111 or call your travel agent. Follow the brand socially at www.facebook.com/celebritycruises.