January 11, 2005


Celebrity Cruises Secures Position as Top Premium Line in Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards (Oct 2004)

At the October 7 presentation of the coveted annual Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards, Celebrity Cruises again took top honors in the premium cruise category.
According to results to be published in the November edition of Conde Nast Traveler, Celebrity ranked third -- behind only luxury lines Crystal Cruises and Radisson Seven Seas -- in the "Top 25 Cruise Lines: Large Ship Lines" poll.

Subscribers' responses resulted in Celebrity's rating of 85.8 out of 100, up from last year's score of 82.9. Celebrity's total score has increased every year since 2001.

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 attributes its steady rise over the last four years to its extensive series of brand enhancements; a new category of accommodations introduced in 2003, "ConciergeClass;" and an accelerating momentum building on this year's launches of "Celebrity Xpeditions" and the line's exclusive partnership with Cirque du Soleil.

"We are absolutely thrilled with this award, which validates the enhancements we've made to-date, and encourages us to continue to present our guests with new and innovative cruise experiences," said Celebrity's President and COO Jack Williams. "We are honored to have the endorsement of the sophisticated readers of Conde Nast Traveler."
Celebrity is the industry's highest-rated premium cruise brand with a taste of luxury. The cruise line has nine ships in its fleet, which is the youngest of any major line. Celebrity sails in Alaska, Bermuda, California, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera, the Panama Canal and South America."


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