Virtuoso® Honors Crystal Cruises As Best Luxury Cruise Line For The Second Year In A Row

Crystal Recognized for Excellence in Luxury Travel at 27th Annual Virtuoso Travel Week

Aug 14, 2015, 16:53 ET from Crystal Cruises

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Crystal Cruises, the world's most awarded luxury cruise line, was recognized by international luxury travel network Virtuoso® as the winner of Best Luxury Cruise Line at the 27th Annual Virtuoso Awards, which honor the network's finest travel advisors, agencies and preferred partners.  Virtuoso recognized the line at its gala dinner on August 13, at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, which closed the annual Virtuoso Travel Week conference. Hosted by Virtuoso Chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch, the gala attracted more than 2,700 attendees, including some of the biggest names in luxury travel.

"It is with high regard that we accept this Virtuoso Award as it is a representation of the exemplary service and tireless effort that our Crystal team on land and at seas demonstrates," said Edie Rodriguez, President & CEO of Crystal Cruises. "It is such a great honor for the second consecutive year to be recognized by such influential luxury travel professionals."

The Virtuoso Awards allow travel industry peers to recognize each other's accomplishments. The network's travel providers vote for agencies and advisors, while agency members vote for preferred suppliers. This year Virtuoso received more than 12,000 votes from advisors and suppliers.

"Virtuoso's selective acceptance process means that only the world's top travel professionals are part of our network," Upchurch said. "Because of that, the peer-to-peer Virtuoso Awards are an especially valued industry recognition. Winners such as Crystal Cruises elevate this network and the entire luxury travel industry with their unique contributions."

About Crystal Cruises:
Crystal Cruises is the world's most awarded luxury cruise line, having earned more "World's Best" accolades than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history.  Crystal Cruises has won "World's Best Cruise Ship" in Conde Nast Traveler's Reader Choice Awards for 21 years; been voted "World's Best Large Ship Cruise Line" by Travel + Leisure readers for 20 consecutive years; and the "Best Luxury Cruise Line" by Virtuoso for two consecutive years (2014 & 2015). In summer 2015, Crystal embarked on the most significant brand expansion in the history of luxury travel and hospitality, which will introduce three new classes of cruising – Crystal Yacht Cruises (December 2015), Crystal River Cruises (March 2017), Crystal Exclusive Class Ocean Cruises (late 2018)– and Crystal Luxury Air (fall 2017). 

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About Virtuoso:
Virtuoso® is the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 370 agency members with more than 9,800 elite travel advisors in 30 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.  Drawing upon its preferred relationships with 1,700 of the world's best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies and premier destinations, the network provides its upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access.  More than (US) $14 billion in annual travel sales makes Virtuoso a powerhouse in the luxury travel industry.  For more information, visit  

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