The savvy readers of Conde Nast Traveler know what it takes to be one of the world`s best destinations and travel companies. This year, they decided that Celebrity Cruises is one of the world`s best cruise lines, ranking it third - behind only two luxury lines - according to results published in the magazine`s 2003 “Top 25 Cruise Lines: Large Ship Lines” poll (November edition).
Nearly 30,000 subscribers were surveyed, and Celebrity Cruises ranked as one of the three finalists. With a rating of 82.9 out of 100, Celebrity has improved its standing every year since 2001 (76.7).
The annual poll asks the magazine`s subscribers to evaluate cruise lines on a combination of itineraries, crew/service, cabins/design, food/dining, activities/excursions and entertainment/events. Celebrity`s steady rise in the last three years can be attributed in large part to an extensive series of brand enhancements, along with the introduction of a new category of accommodations called ConciergeClass.
“Our guests have clearly noticed the enhancements we introduced this year—from the luxuries of ConciergeClass to more choices in dining, to expanded hours in the AquaSpa by Elemis,” said Celebrity`s Senior Vice President of Fleet Operations Dietmar Wertanzl. “It`s a host of little things that make a big difference to experienced travelers like the readers of Conde Nast Traveler.”
“It is truly an honour to receive this acknowledgement, which we believe is an endorsement of our commitment to maintain our position as the ultimate premium cruise line with a taste of luxury,” Wertanzl added.
Among the enhancements Celebrity introduced across the nine-ship fleet this year are Chief Concierges honored with membership in Les Clefs d`Or; Casual Dining Boulevards featuring made-to-order pasta and pizza bars; sunset yoga and Pilates classes; Sushi Cafes; “Celebrity Discoveries,” enrichment lectures by actual celebrities and recognized authorities; sunset happy hours with live music and refreshments; frosty towels, fashion shows and sorbet parades poolside; pool butlers, and increased options in dining hours, a more relaxed dress code, and the continuation of 24-hour room service.
Celebrity also introduced ConciergeClass, a new level of veranda stateroom accommodations offering a host of priority services and amenities, including welcome champagne and fresh-cut flowers, fresh fruit and hors d`oeuvres delivered daily, personalized stationery, a pillow menu, 100 percent Egyptian cotton linens and duvets, Hansgrohe massaging shower heads, Frette bathrobes, and a one-touch phone button to reach a dedicated ConciergeClass representative directly.
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