For a Record 16th Year, Crystal Cruises Voted Best Cruise Line By Condé Nast Traveler Readers

LOS ANGELES, October 16, 2009 – For a record 16th year, Crystal Cruises has once again been voted the “Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” for 2009 by the readers of the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler magazine (U.S.). Crystal’s overall score of 92.7 is one of its highest in the survey’s history. The luxury line’s 16 “wins” is unprecedented by any cruise line or hotel in the world.

“With just months until we celebrate our 20th anniversary of cruising in 2010, we are especially honored to be voted the very best by the discerning readers of Condé Nast Traveler,” says Gregg Michel, president, Crystal Cruises. “As the competition intensifies and our guests’ expectations increase, this award is an outstanding measure of achievement and a testament to the consistency of the Crystal experience. I am very proud of our exceptional staff and their commitment to providing so many global travelers with a dream vacation that exemplifies the highest standards of hospitality.”

Considered one of the highest honors in the travel industry, the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards celebrate the best-of-the-best hotels, airlines, cruise lines, cities, rental car companies and islands. More than 25,000 subscribers voted in the 2009 survey. Travelers evaluated cruise lines on their Activities/Facilities, Cabins, Crew/Service, Design/Layout, Food/Dining, Itineraries and Shore Excursions to determine the overall score. The full list of travel awards are published on the magazine’s website and in its November 2009 issue.

Attesting to the consistency of its luxury travel experience, in August 2009, Crystal was voted the 2009 “World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” by the readers of Travel + Leisure (U.S.), as well as top honors internationally and from trusted travel agent consortiums.

Renowned for their service, space, quality and choices, Crystal Cruises’ two stylish ships, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, were voted number one and two, respectively, in Condé Nast Traveler’s February 2009 World’s Best Ships issue. The ultra-luxury line has been recognized for innovative partnerships with Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Piero Selvaggio, stimulating Creative Learning Institute and Computer University@Sea, Feng Shui-designed spa, and a myriad of culinary, cultural and fitness-oriented enrichment. Itineraries of seven to 108 days are available throughout the world.

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