Crystal Cruises cops T&L Reader’s award for 17th consecutive year

Congratulations Crystal Cruises

One of my top favorite cruise lines, LA-based Crystal Cruises, has once again, and for the 17th time, copped the coveted Travel & Leisure reader’s survey award for “best large ship.”

The ultra-luxury,  two ship company is the only cruise line, hotel, or resort to win its category every year since the awards began. Crystal’s winning score for 2012 reflects thousands of jet-setting readers’ ratings across six areas: service, itineraries/destinations, activities, accommodations, food, and value. The results are published in the popular travel  magazine’s August issue.

“While we have delighted travelers this year with newly designed spaces, new services, and new value-conscious pricing, we have offered a consistency of experience that is unmatched in our industry,” says Crystal President Gregg Michel. “Travel + Leisure’s discerning readership clearly recognizes the best when they see it, and I couldn’t be prouder of our staff for their generous service, creativity and attention to detail.” In recent months, Crystal has spent $40 million on stylish redesigns of its award-winning Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, and $100 million in a little over five years.

Its seamless service, quality, and choices were also enhanced (not to mention, greeted with glee) when the line introduced its “all-inclusie policy” making tips, drinks and wines free for all.

The Savvyseafarer looks at magazine surveys with a critical eye, but having sailed with Crystal several times, can certainly agree with the T&L readers that it is the best. From the seamless service (that includes butlers on the Penthouse decks

and exceptional cuisine, to its Computer University at Sea (which is offered at no charge) and enrichment programs (also free), this “never say no to a passenger’s request” cruise line does it right and most often, best.

For more of the Savvyseafarer’s feeling on the company check out:


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