2011 has been a winning year for Crystal Cruises with a number of accolades from different organizations. Conde Nast Traveler magazine (US) readers have voted it as the “Best Cruise Line” for 2011. The readers of the Conde Nast Traveler magazine have rated Crystal Cruises higher than any cruise line, large or small. This has enabled the cruise line to earn the victorious score of 93, which is its highest score in years. This also marks the 18th time that Crystal Cruise has topped its category – more than any other cruise line, resort or hotel in magazine’s history.
The President of Crystal Cruise, Gregg Michel sounds excited about this stupendous achievement. He is elated to find that the readers of Conde Nast Traveler have continued to recognize and appreciate Crystal’s steady focus on satisfying the needs of the sophisticated travelers. According to Michel, the innovative, life changing itineraries and fabulous on-board experiences, along with a stylish sense of space and design offers the guests of Crystal Cruise a homely ambience.
Recognized as one of the greatest honors in hospitality, the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards celebrate the best-of-the-best cruise lines, airlines, hotels, rental car companies and islands. Around 28,800 readers, who voted this year evaluated cruise lines’ based on amenities, Staterooms, Crew/Service, Food and dining, design or layout , Itineraries and Shore Excursions to decide the overall score. All award-receivers are listed in the November 2011 issue of the magazine. The names can also be viewed in the magazine’s website.
Along with this achievement of “Best Cruise Line” for 2011, the Crystal Cruise has also been honored with several additional accolades from other industry editors, travel trade publications and some reliable travel agent consortiums. Some of the notable international honors include “World's Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure (U.S.) readers for the 16th consecutive year, #1 Foreign Cruise Line by Japan's Cruise magazine readers, and three Travel Weekly Magellan Awards for the $25 million redesign of Crystal Serenity.
Crystal Cruise to upgrade its quality even more has implemented some other innovations in 2011. The cruise line is offering private tour options for shore excursions along with new dual-compatible, 27" Apple computers. The new “You Care, We Care” voluntarism program introduced by the cruise line is also mention worthy. The new dining facilities include “Perfect Choice Dining” with flexible, open seating by reservation. Crystal cruise line is also offering new fitness and beauty services in the Feng Shui-designed spas. Open bar services will be introduced in all lounges along with complimentary offering of some outstanding wines and premium spirits throughout the ship, from spring 2012.
Crystal Cruise Lines, most commonly known as Crystal Cruises is a Japanese plush cruise line, founded in 1988. This cruise line is primarily noted for its two medium-sized luxurious ships, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, each of which can host around 1,000 guests. A World Cruise is arranged by the cruise line on Crystal Serenity each year for about 110 days. The Crystal Symphony is the smaller one, accommodating 940 passengers, whereas Crystal Serenity can hold 1050 passengers and around 650 crews. Crystal Symphony was last renovated in the year 2007 whereas Crystal Serenity was last revamped in 2011. Each Crystal ship is equipped with two complimentary specialty restaurants, which include the Italian restaurant Prergo and Silk Road and the Sushi Bar. The daytime activities of the cruise line include a movie theater, pools, lectures, training by Yamaha keyboard instructors and lessons by Berlitz language teachers. The original vessel of the cruise line, Crystal Harmony was retired from the Crystal fleet in 2005.
The proprietor of Crystal Cruises is a large Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha. The cruise line has its headquarters in Century City, Los Angeles, California.