Celebrity Cruises takes trio of top honors from Travel Weekly
Modern luxury line Celebrity Cruises received three exceptional "holiday gifts" last night. In the prestigious annual Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards, Celebrity was named "Best Premium Cruise Line"; "Best Premium Ship," honoring the flagship of Celebrity's widely heralded Solstice Class fleet, Celebrity Solstice; and "Best Cruise Line in Europe" for the second consecutive year, a fitting prelude to the brand's biggest season in Europe in 2012, when six of its 11 ships (including the 2012 debut of Celebrity Reflection) will boast the newest hardware in the region, new Venice homeport offerings, first-time Iceland and Fjords sailings, and seven exceptional wine-themed sailings showcasing Celebrity's culinary leadership.
"It's a tremendous honor to be recognized by the invaluable travel professionals who participated in Travel Weekly's annual survey," said Celebrity's Senior Vice President of Sales Dondra Ritzenthaler. "Their depth of knowledge of this industry and the vast array of cruise lines who are eligible for these awards make them particularly discerning judges, which makes this recognition that much more rewarding."
"These awards identify the industry's finest," said Arnie Weissman, Travel Weekly's editor in chief. "The professionals who read and rely on Travel Weekly have the expertise to select those businesses, destinations and hotels that provide a higher level of service to their clients. Our readers can be confident that these winners represent the best this industry has to offer."
Travel Weekly's ninth annual awards gala was held Thursday at the Plaza Hotel in New York. Winners were named in 59 categories across several sectors of the travel and hospitality business.
About Celebrity Cruises:
Celebrity Cruises' iconic "X" is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers' precious time. In addition to offering vacations visiting all continents, Celebrity also presents immersive cruisetour experiences in Alaska, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Europe and South America. One of the fastest-growing major cruise lines, Celebrity is one of five cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL). Celebrity's fleet currently consists of 10 ships, with an additional Solstice Class ship, Celebrity Reflection, scheduled to join the fleet in Fall 2012. For more information, dial 1-800-437-3111 or call your travel agent. Follow the brand socially at www.facebook.com/celebritycruises.