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15 For 15 - Crystal Voted World's Best Again -

July 20, 2010


Right to left:
NBC Today show host Al Roker,
Travel + Leisure Editor-in-chief Nancy Novogrod,
Crystal senior vice president, sales & marketing Bill Smith,
and Travel + Leisure publisher JP Kyrillos.

 For a record 15th consecutive year, Crystal Cruises* has been voted “World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. The ultra-luxury line is the only vacation experience – cruise line, hotel, or resort – to have been voted #1 for 15 years, each year since the inception of this magazine’s awards. Crystal Cruises’ 2010 World’s Best Score of 90.47 is one of the line’s highest ever scores and its second highest score in eight years. 

 Travel + Leisure reports the 2010 poll generated a record number of voters. 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. The World’s Best Awards are featured in the magazine’s August 2010 issue. 
 
“As Crystal Cruises celebrates its 20th anniversary of cruising, it is immensely gratifying that discerning travelers have voted us #1 for the past 15 consecutive years,” says Crystal Cruises president Gregg Michel. “This prestigious award is an incredible testament to Crystal’s consistency in delivering the very best, and a tremendous validation of the authentic warmth and professionalism of our extraordinary staff.”
 
Crystal’s luxurious, award-winning fleet, the 922-guest, 51,044-ton Crystal Symphony and the 1,070-guest, 68,870-ton Crystal Serenity, sail worldwide itineraries of seven to 100+ days. In fall 2009, Crystal Symphony underwent an extensive $25 million redesign and now boasts completely renovated Crystal Penthouses and Penthouse accommodations, Prego Italian restaurant, Lido Café, and chicly modern seating areas where the Neptune Pool formerly existed. Crystal’s total investment in its vessels in the past two years tops $65 million in ultra-luxury appointments and designs.
 
Inspired innovative features like restaurants with cuisine by Nobu Matsuhisa, ultimate wine experiences, tech concierges, over-the-top Crystal Adventures ashore, and uncompromising attention to detail continues to distinguish the Crystal experience.
 
 “We are confident that Crystal’s substantial investments in our ships and the innovative experiences we offer – from the academic to the adventurous – will continue to provide astute travelers with an unmatched vacation,” adds Michel.
 
Further attesting to the consistency of its ratings, Crystal Cruises was voted “Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine for a record 16 years, as well as recognition by numerous distinguished consumer, travel agent, and media polls, and environmental awards worldwide. 
 
For 2011, Crystal continues to introduce sophisticated innovations and new destinations, including Perfect Choice Dining™ featuring Open Dining by Reservation, an online Priority Check-in and Planning Center tool, a 16th annual epic World Cruise with new West African destinations, and a return to Alaska for its first summer series since 2005.
 
* Crystal Cruises
Crystal Cruises was founded in 1988 and offers a range of luxury cruises on its two ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, which were recently recognized as the top two medium-sized cruise ships in the world.
 
Crystal Symphony: 51,044 tons; 922-guest capacity
Crystal Serenity: 68,870 tons; 1,070-guest capacity
 
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