Crystal Cruises Wins Condé Nast Award (again)

Crystal Cruises  20-peat (is there such a thing?)

For the 20th-year Crystal Cruises received the highest score of all small, midsize and large-ship cruise lines.


First of all, congrats to Crystal Cruises for maintaining their title. I am seeing nothing but great things for the ulta-luxe cruise brand. With the new lineup in top management positions all the way down to the smallest design details getting ready for the a $17-million redesign of the award-winning Crystal Serenity this November, I can see nothing but greatness on the horizon.


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Keep reading if you want to learn more about how Crystal Cruises has managed to keep the top spot for 20 times.

(From Crystal Cruises)LOS ANGELES, October 16, 2013 – For a record 20th year, Condé Nast Traveler magazine readers have voted ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises the industry’s “Best Cruise Line” (Midsize).  Crystal’s winning score of 94.4 is the company’s highest since 2004, second highest ever, and highest overall score of all Small, Midsize, and Large-ship cruise lines.  Crystal significantly outranked its luxury peers in almost all the voting categories, including Itineraries, Excursions, Service, Food, Activities/Facilities, and Design.  The line also bested its own previous top scores in the Service and Food categories, and tied its past personal best in Itineraries.  All Readers’ Choice winners and scores are listed at will be featured in the U.S. magazine’s November 2013 issue.

With ground-breaking enhancements to its vacation experience and $120 million invested in redesigns, while retaining the service, choices, and quality for which the line has been known, Crystal’s ratings have consistently climbed in recent years.

“To earn this award once is an incredible achievement; to be recognized by discerning travelers for an unprecedented 20 years is astounding,” said Edie Bornstein, Crystal’s new president and chief operating officer, who joined the company today.

Did you miss the announcement that Crystal Cruises was getting a new CEO? Read all about it here.

“While I have long admired Crystal from afar, it was only when I recently sailed that I fully grasped why this experience receives such consistent accolades.  Every single member of the Crystal team works incredibly hard to give discerning vacationers a Six-Star standard of luxury travel that is unwavering, while leading new developments within cruising.  I want to personally thank all of Crystal’s crew, employees, associates, and guests for their part in this humbling, momentous win, and look forward to leading the company into the next two decades of record-breaking awards.”

Crystal’s product enhancements from the past year’s voting window have included new, exclusive Boutique Adventures; private cars and drivers ashore; adding more connecting staterooms; new America’s Got Talent’s iLuminate and Magic Castle at Sea entertainment on every cruise; the first Living Wall at sea; digital filmmaking education on every voyage, in partnership with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts; and a $15 million Extreme Makeover of Crystal Symphony’s Avenue Saloon, Palm Court, Galaxy Lounge, Hollywood Theatre, Bridge Lounge, passenger boarding area, and Fantasia and Waves “junior cruisers.”  Recently-announced additions to Crystal’s offerings include PURE allergy-friendly staterooms; Crystal Celebrations global event planning services; a new Connoisseur Beer menu; optional or inclusive land programs in Tibet, Thailand, and Cambodia; new theme cruises in 2014-15; and a $17 million Extreme Makeover of Crystal Serenity planned for next month.

The renowned Crystal Experience has been rated “World’s Best” more than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history.  The newest “Best” award is but the latest in a string of readers’ choice awards Crystal has won it its size category this year, including Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 and #2 cruise ships, Travel + Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Cruise Line and Service and Cruise Critic’s Best Dining, Entertainment, and Public Rooms.

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