Crystal Cruises will embark on its 25th anniversary of ultra-luxe cruising by celebrating a record 21 years as Condé Nast Traveler magazine Readers’ Choice No.1 “Midsize Cruise Ship Line.” Crystal’s winning score of 90.142 was the highest of all Small, Midsize, and Large-ship cruise lines. All Readers’ Choice winners and scores are listed at www.cntraveler.com/rca and will be featured in the U.S. magazine’s November 2014 issue.
“It is an extraordinary honour to be recognised as the No. 1 Midsize Cruise Ship Line by the well-travelled and discerning readers of Condé Nast Traveler for a record 21 years,” said Crystal president and COO, Edie Rodriguez. “Winning this award demonstrates how highly our guests value our commitment to creating the ultimate luxury cruise experience.”
Crystal recently revealed a new US$20 million look to Crystal Symphony, following a two-week dry dock. The extreme makeover brought contemporary and elegant new design features to the ship’s Crystal Plaza and Crystal Cove Bar; a new outdoor Fitness Garden featuring a “curated self-guided Movement Journey”; redesigned spa and casino spaces, and fitness equipment upgrades in the indoor fitness centre; additional PURE allergy-friendly staterooms and technological upgrades. Crystal has invested more than US$140 million in extreme ship makeovers in recent years, including a US$17 million dry dock renovation of Crystal Serenity in November 2013.
In addition to the extreme makeover of its vessels, Crystal has launched new guest experiences to its growing portfolio of industry firsts. Crystal introduced a collection of shore-side excursions scheduled especially for travellers who don’t want to miss the adventures ashore – or their beauty sleep. The “Late Risers” excursions offer the same enriching experiences in the world’s most stunning and significant destinations, beginning at 11:00a.m. or noon, rather than the usual early-morning start time, depending on the itinerary. Additionally, guests can now see the sights – and maintain fitness with Crystal Site Running Adventures, a new program that meets the needs of the growing number of active travellers.
In celebration of its 25th anniversary of sailing, Crystal will be kicking off 2015 with the 20th annual Silver Celebration World Cruise in Miami on 14 January 2015. This 108-day complete circumnavigation of the globe (Crystal’s first-ever!), via six segment cruises sailing through Central and South America, the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa and the Caribbean.
The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are among the most preeminent in travel, honouring the best hotels, airlines, cruise lines, cities, and islands from around the world. Nearly 77,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked their personal experiences with cruise lines’ itineraries, Excursions, Service, Food, Activities/Facilities, Staterooms, and Design.
The newest “Best” award is but the latest in a string of readers’ choice awards. Crystal has won its size category this last year, including Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 and #2 cruise ships, and Travel + Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Cruise Line for a 20th consecutive year.