LOS ANGELES, July 13, 2009 â€“ For a record 14th year, Crystal Cruises has been voted â€œWorldâ€™s Best Large-Ship Cruise Lineâ€ by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. The ultra-luxury line is the only cruise line, resort or hotel to have won the prestigious award each year since the awardsâ€™ inception. Crystal Cruisesâ€™ 2009 Worldâ€™s Best Score of 88.94 is the highest of any cruise line â€“ large or small. A Crystal cruise is the only vacation experience to have been voted #1 by Travel + Leisure readers for 14 years.
The Worldâ€™s Best Awards are featured in the magazineâ€™s August 2009 issue based on a first quarter 2009 survey of thousands of discerning world travelers. Subscribers were only permitted one vote each, and were asked to rate cruise lines on cabins, food, service, itineraries/destinations, activities and value, plus an optional vote for families.
â€œWe are so honored and gratified that Crystalâ€™s winning formula of superior service, choices, space, quality and value was treasured by so many discerning Travel + Leisure readers,â€ says Crystal Cruisesâ€™ President Gregg Michel. â€œThis award continues to be a tremendous validation of the authentic warmth and professionalism of Crystalâ€™s extraordinary staff and our unparalleled attention to detail.â€
Crystalâ€™s luxurious, award-winning fleet comprises the 922-guest, 50,000-ton Crystal Symphony and the 1,070-guest, 68,870-ton Crystal Serenity, which sail worldwide itineraries of seven to 100+ days. In September, Crystal Symphony will undergo a major multimillion dollar redesign. By the fall of 2009, Crystal Cruises will have invested more than $65 million in its two ships within a three-year period.
Inspired innovative features like restaurants with cuisine by Nobu Matsuhisa, ultimate wine experiences, tech concierges, over-the-top Crystal Adventures ashore, and relentless attention to detail continues to distinguish the Crystal experience.
â€œWe continue to invest in our ships, with sophisticated design, product features and services that obviously reap high marks from astute travelers,â€ adds Michel. â€œIn this challenging, competitive travel environment, we know this rating means a lot to travelers. When they part with their hard-earned vacation dollars, they want the assurance that they are getting the best at a great value.â€
For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit the newly redesigned crystalcruises.com.