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Conde' Nast Traveler Readers Choose Crystal Cruises as 2012 Best Cruise Line

November 6, 2012

Crystal Symphony

In a huge affirmation of cruise industry excellence, Condé Nast Traveler magazine (U.S.) readers have named Crystal Cruises* the “Best Cruise Line” (mid-size) for 2012, a record 19th time that the company has received this honor. Crystal’s triumphant score of 94.2 was the highest of any small, large, or mid-size ship line. 

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are among the most preeminent in travel, honoring the best hotels, airlines, cruise lines, cities, rental car companies, and islands from around the world. A record 46,476 readers voted this year, ranking their personal experiences with cruise lines’ activities/facilities, staterooms, crew/service, design/ship layout, food/dining, itineraries/schedule, and shore excursions. 
“It’s beyond gratifying to know that we continue to meet, if not exceed, our guests’ core expectations when sailing Crystal: extraordinary service, space, quality, and choices — as well as fine ship design and great value,” commented Crystal president Gregg Michel. “Even with our recent additions — extreme ship makeover, all-inclusive, new entertainment and enrichment, new destinations and Crystal Adventures — everything we do is about creating not just the best cruise experience, but the very best vacation for discerning travelers.”
The latest award joins several other Crystal honors in its size category from the sophisticated Condé Nast community this year, including the U.K. Condé Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Choice for Best Cruise Line and Best Service. With at least two dozen awards earned this year from the travel industry, trade associations, the design community, cruisers themselves, and more, 2012 is proving to be Crystal’s most decorated in years.
The NYK Group will continue its efforts to offer safe cruise experiences that pamper customers with ultra-luxury.

From left:
Klara Glowczewska, editor in Chief of Conde' Nast Traveler;
Thomas Mazloum, senior vice president operations & assistant of Crystal Cruises, Inc;
Carolyn Kremis, vice president and publisher of Conde' Nast Traveler

* Crystal Cruises
Crystal Cruises, a wholly owned subsidiary company of NYK Line, 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 Harmony which began service in 1990 as Crystal Cruises’ inaugural cruise ship, was remodeled in February 2006 and now serves the Japanese market under the name Asuka II.
Crystal Symphony: 51,044 tons; 922-guest capacity
Crystal Serenity: 68,870 tons; 1,070-guest capacity
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