Miami – January 16, 2007 – While organizers of last nightâ€™s Golden Globe Awards roll up the red carpet, Celebrity Cruises today feels ready to roll it out. For the fifth consecutive year, the line has dominated the prestigious CondÃ© Nast Traveler annual readersâ€™ survey ranking â€œThe Best Cruise Ships in the World.â€
In the large-ship category, Celebrityâ€™s entire Millennium-class fleet â€“ Constellation, Summit, Infinity and Millennium â€“ ranked first through fourth, respectively, marking the second consecutive year the line has held every spot from one through four.
Celebrityâ€™s Galaxy (ranked eighth) rounded out the top 10. Century, which completed a $55-million revitalization in May 2006 â€“ one month after the annual survey was conducted â€“ earned a 16th-place ranking, followed by sister ship, Mercury â€“ which will receive an extensive series of upgrades in April. Full survey results are published in the February edition of CondÃ© Nast Traveler.
Celebrity also is celebrating a â€œthree-peatâ€ in its sweep of the surveyâ€™s rankings in the category of food/dining, capturing all four top spots. The line also earned the top rating for best crew/service, and the highest marks in design/layout.
More than 33,000 discerning CondÃ© Nast Traveler subscribers evaluated cruise lines on seven criteria: crew/service, food/dining, design/layout, itineraries, shore excursions, cabins and activities/facilities.
â€œCondÃ© Nast Travelerâ€™s annual readersâ€™ survey is one of the most meaningful polls in the business, and comes at a time when Celebrity is embarking on a particularly exciting period of growth and momentum,â€ said Celebrityâ€™s President Dan Hanrahan. â€œWeâ€™re thrilled with this recognition, and committed to continuing to offer our guests an experience that inspires them to honor our brand in this way.â€
Celebrity Cruises offers comfortably sophisticated, upscale cruise experiences with highly personalized service, authentic five-star dining, and extraordinary attention to detail. Celebrity sails in Alaska, Antarctica, Bermuda, California, Caribbean, Europe, Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera, Panama Canal and South America, and will begin sailing in Australia and New Zealand this year. The line also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Canada, Europe and Australia through its cruisetour division. Noted for “The World’s Best Large Ships,” as voted by the readers of Conde’ Nast Traveler (February 2007 Cruise Poll), Celebrity’s current fleet will be joined by Celebrity Journey and Celebrity Quest this year, Celebrity Solstice in 2008, Celebrity Equinox in 2009, and Celebrity Eclipse in 2010. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111 or visit the Celebrity web site at www.celebritycruises.com.