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Crystal Cruises honored by Virtuoso as ‘Industry Standout’

What makes Crystal Cruises a standout, watch the slideshow to see
What makes Crystal Cruises a standout, watch the slideshow to see
Richard Pietschmann

The Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas was abuzz last week with thousands travel agents and media attending Virtuoso Travel Week—a festive event honoring the tourism industry. One of the big winners was Crystal Cruises which hit the jackpot with the title of Best Luxury Cruise Line. Not too many past passengers or members of the press who have sailed on the Los Angeles-based luxury cruise operator will disagree, its two ships, Serenity and Symphony sail about as smoothly as it gets.

Crystal celebrating 20th anniversary on Symphony
Richard Pietschmann

“A Virtuoso Award is a true honor and testimony of our shipboard and shore side teams who work tirelessly to provide our guests with the best possible luxury travel experience,” says Edie Rodriguez, president of Crystal Cruises. “It’s an acknowledgement that we hold high, and I am very pleased to share this recognition with the Crystal family.”

The grand finale put the icing on the cake of a weeklong gathering of upper echelon travel industry members, including Virtuoso member agencies and their travel advisors, hotels and resorts, cruise lines, tour operators, preferred destinations and tourism boards, airlines, on-sites and specialty services. It was an occasio that honored some of the most innovative, revered, and top-performing travel agencies and advisors throughout the United States, Australia and Latin America, as well as the network’s global portfolio of world’s-best travel partners.

“Our organization comprises some of the top professionals in this industry, and these awards recognize the companies and individuals, such as Crystal, who embody Virtuoso’s values as well as top performers who make this network so successful,” said Virtuoso Chairman and CEO, Matthew D. Upchurch, CTC. “We honor Crystal as a leader, having been awarded Best Luxury Cruise Line in recognition of their talents and contribution.”

For nearly two decades Crystal Cruises has pleased passengers by providing some of the most outstanding food, service, on board diversions and accommodations at sea. Its duo of ships sail the world on exotic, enriching and interesting itineraries on five to 100-day voyages. Ready to hitch a ride, you have until October 31, 2014 to score an all-inclusive, value-priced “Book Now” fares for 2016 starting at just $1,520/person.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit