Crystal Cruises’ Speaker Series & Longtime Cruise Director Recognized by Porthole’s Editor-in-Chief Awards

MIAMI, JANUARY 17, 2020 – Earning the top spot in two categories of the 2020 Editor-in-Chief Awards from Porthole Cruise Magazine, Crystal Cruises is celebrating recognition of its Crystal Visions® Lecture Series, which won “Best Speaker Series” in the publication’s annual awards. The series features engaging and entertaining presentations from experts across a myriad of topics on every sailing, offering guests uniquely specialized insights from the leading authorities in world events, politics, show business, sports and other areas.

Additionally, Crystal’s Gary Hunter won “Best Cruise Director.” Hunter has sailed with Crystal Cruises since 2003, when he became the first Cruise Director aboard Crystal Serenity, and is one of the company’s most beloved officers. He epitomizes Crystal’s philosophy of personalized, genuine connections cultivated aboard its ships. As the face and voice of all onboard entertainment and enrichment, Hunter is beloved by guests and crew alike for his warm character and easy laugh, making guests feel at home from the moment they step aboard.

Both awards speak directly to Crystal’s longtime commitment to comprehensive enrichment options aboard its Ocean ships. The Crystal Visions Lecture Series expanded in late 2019 to a new podcast series, Crystal Storytellers, featuring the guest experts in candid conversation with the ships’ Cruise Directors, meaning travelers can partake in the enrichment program from anywhere in the world. Crystal also has pioneered a wide and varied array of subjects and activities travelers can pursue during their luxury vacations with Crystal, including hands-on instruction in digital filmmaking, music, art, language and other disciplines through the Creative Learning Institute.

About Crystal

Only the world-renowned Crystal Experience offers an unwavering, unparalleled standard of excellence and luxury across four distinct cruising options: Crystal Cruises, the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line; Crystal River Cruises, the World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line; Crystal Yacht Cruises, offering boutique luxury and bold adventure in the world’s most elite harbors; and Crystal Expedition Cruises, taking Crystal’s acclaimed elegance to the farthest reaches of the world. Crystal has been recognized with top honors in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for a record 26 years including, in 2019, for Best Medium-Ship Cruise Line for Crystal Cruises, Best Small-Ship Cruise Line for Crystal Yacht Cruises and Best River Cruise Line for Crystal River Cruises. Crystal was also voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Travel + Leisure for 20 years; and won “Cruise Line of the Year” and “Most Luxurious Guest Experience” by Virtuoso for 2018 & 2019. Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of the advisors of ASTA.

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Susan Robison 

Crystal Global Public Relations              

(310) 203-4305;      

Lee Edelstein, Account Director

The Brandman Agency

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