Highest Rating of Any Cruise Line
LOS ANGELES, October 11, 2011 â€“ In a huge affirmation of cruise industry excellence, CondÃ© Nast Traveler magazine (U.S.) readers have named Crystal Cruises the â€œBest Cruise Lineâ€ (Mid-Sized) for 2011 and rated the line higher than any cruise line, large or small. The ultra-luxe lineâ€™s victorious score of 93, its highest in years, marks the 18th time the company has won its categoryâ€”more than any other cruise line, hotel or resort in the magazineâ€™s history.
Crystal President Gregg Michel shared his excitement about the feat: â€œClearly, the readers of CondÃ© Nast Traveler continue to appreciate and recognize Crystalâ€™s unwavering focus on delivering what sophisticated travelers want: new, life-changing itineraries and on-board experiences, plus a chic sense of design and space that also makes them feel at home.â€
Considered one of the highest honors in hospitality, the CondÃ© Nast Traveler Readersâ€™ Choice Awards celebrate the best-of-the-best hotels, airlines, cruise lines, cities, rental car companies and islands. The more than 28,800 readers who voted this year evaluated cruise linesâ€™ Activities/Facilities, Staterooms, Crew/Service, Design/Layout, Food/Dining, Itineraries and Shore Excursions to determine the overall score. All award-winners are listed in the magazineâ€™s November 2011 issue, and its website.
2011 has been a winning year thus far for Crystal, with numerous additional accolades from other travel trade publications, industry editors, and trusted travel agent consortiums. Such international honors include â€œWorldâ€™s Best Large-Ship Cruise Lineâ€ by Travel + Leisure (U.S.) readers for the 16th consecutive year, #1 Foreign Cruise Line by Japanâ€™s Cruise magazine readers, and three Travel Weekly Magellan Awards for the $25 million redesign of Crystal Serenity.
Other innovations implemented by Crystal in 2011 include new, private tour options for shore excursions; a new â€œYou Care, We Careâ€ voluntourism program, with complimentary opportunities on every cruise; new dual-compatible, 27â€ Apple computers and classes at Computer University@Sea; new fitness and beauty offerings in the Feng Shui-designed spas; and new dining amenities, including â€œPerfect Choice Diningâ€ with flexible, open seating by reservation, and, starting in spring 2012, â€œAll Inclusiveâ€ enhancements, with complimentary fine wines and premium spirits throughout the ship, open bar service in all lounges, and pre-paid gratuities for housekeeping, bar and dining staffâ€”even in Nobu Matsuhisa and Piero Selvaggioâ€™s onboard specialty restaurants.
Itineraries of 7-98 days on the lineâ€™s Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony ships are available throughout the world, with â€œBook Nowâ€ savings of up to $4,000 per couple until October 31, 2011.
For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625 , or visit www.crystalcruises.com.