CELEBRATION, Fla. (January 21, 2009) â€“ Disney Cruise Line was recently named the top large cruise ship experience by the readers of CondÃ© Nast Traveler magazine in the 9th annual â€œReaderâ€™s Cruise Poll.â€
The Cruise Poll recognizes the best cruise ships as voted on by CondÃ© Nast Traveler readers. Winners were determined by a survey of more than 11,000 participants who rated 400 ships. Participants were asked to rate ships based on specific criteria including: staterooms, activities, service, design and layout, dining, itineraries and shore excursions.
â€œWe are pleased to receive this honor from the readers of such an esteemed travel publication,â€ said Tom McAlpin, President of Disney Cruise Line. â€œWinning the No. 1 spot is a testament to the beauty of our ships and the dedication our cast and crew members have in creating an unparalleled vacation for every member of the family.â€
This year, Disney Cruise Line ranked No. 1 in the â€œLarge Shipâ€ category with its ship, the Disney Wonder, which sails three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas. The Disney Magic was also ranked in the top five cruise experiences overall. The Disney Magic primarily sails seven-night cruises to the eastern and western Caribbean and, beginning in the spring of 2010, will embark on a season of limited itineraries exploring Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.
In addition to the accolades in the Large Ship category, the CondÃ© Nast Traveler â€œCruise Spa Readerâ€™s Pollâ€ ranked the spas aboard Disney Cruise Line in the top 5 best spas at sea.
Disney Cruise Line has received more than 50 distinguished awards and honors since first setting sail in 1998. These awards have included all aspects of the operation from dining and entertainment to youth activities and spa facilities.
Known for bringing family travel to the cruise industry, Disney Cruise Line continues to raise the bar on the cruise experience, with specifically designed areas and activities for each member of the family allowing for both quality time together and wonderful individual experiences. The focus is to allow families to reconnect, adults to recharge their batteries and kids to immerse themselves in worlds of fantasy only Disney can create.
To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can contact their travel agent, visit disneycruise.com or call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500. Travel agents can call Disney Cruise Line at 888/325-2500 or visit disneytravelagents.com.