Award-winning cruise line earns top honors in annual rankings by experts and travelers

Crystal SymphonyCourtesy of Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises, The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™, has again been named “Best Luxury Cruise Line,” and “Best Cruise Line for Couples,” as renowned news magazine, U.S. News & World Report, released its full roster of 2017 Best Cruise Line rankings. This is the third consecutive year Crystal has earned the publication’s top honors, having won every year since the awards’ inception. Crystal Cruises, the ocean faring extension of the growing Crystal brand, was named No. 1 in two of six categories, winning the titles of “Best Luxury Cruise Line” and “Best Cruise Line for Couples.” The awards in each category were given to lines that consistently “land on top” in their respective specialties, aligning with Crystal’s long history of exceeding travelers’ expectations and wishes as they explore the world in Six-Star luxury. Likewise, Crystal Symphony ranked as the top cruise ship overall, as well as in the specific categories for couples and European cruises among the cruise ship specific rankings.

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The publication highlighted Crystal’s gourmet cuisine and dining options, plush Penthouse accommodations, engaging enrichment programs, diverse array of Crystal Adventures and superlative service (with a nearly 1-to-1 crew-to-guest ratio) as the ways in which the line surpasses all others in luxury. For couples seeking a romantic escape, Crystal characteristics that landed the line on top of the esteemed list include numerous options for intimate dinners for two, couples massages in the Crystal Spa, the 360-degree Promenade Deck for hand-held strolls at sea and several venues in which to dance the night away.

Crystal Symphony PenthouseCourtesy of Crystal Cruises

Crystal Symphony is the oldest vessel in the luxurious Crystal fleet, with dozens of the world’s top travel accolades to her credit. A comprehensive makeover in 2014 included updated public areas and lounges, a redesigned spa and fitness center with an outdoor fitness garden added to the expansive aft decks, and lavish bars, casino and boutique shopping. Even with all of these features, the publication calls out the ship’s unparalleled service as the top differentiator, as discerning travelers continue to praise the consistent personalized attention to every detail. The annual awards for cruise lines and ships are determined by three components of methodology: expert ratings by editors, extensive traveler surveys and health rating.

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