MIAMI, August 27, 2018 – Crystal has once again earned top honors from the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) as it was named Luxury Cruise Line Partner of the Year for 2018 at the organization’s annual conference last week. The prestigious association of travel advisors is the largest such network in America, honoring its partner companies each year for their dedication to and support of the travel advisor community. The award is the most recent in Crystal’s prestigious history of industry accolades bestowed by travelers and professionals and is especially representative of the company’s long tradition of supporting and cultivating personal relationships with its travel advisors.
“We are so pleased and humbled by the recognition of our travel partners, as we value these relationships immensely and are grateful for the ongoing commitment and collaboration that helps us all better serve the discerning travelers of the world,” said Carmen Roig, Crystal’s senior vice president of marketing and sales. “We look forward to many more years of partnership.”
As North America represents Crystal’s largest market, such recognition from the country’s preeminent professional travel advisor association is especially significant. The award was voted on by ASTA’s 9,500 individual members, who weighed nominees’ dedication to and support for ASTA and the travel advisor community.
As the leader in the luxury cruise industry for decades, Crystal continues to expand its portfolio of experiences that appeal to a variety of luxury travelers, enabling travel advisors to grow their luxury business and reach new audiences. With dramatic redesigns completed for Crystal Symphony and upcoming for Crystal Serenity, the company continues to invest in its core ocean voyages, which span the globe and offer travelers diversely enriching choices. Crystal River Cruises welcomed two new “Rhine Class” ships earlier this year, as Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel joined the fleet, which now comprises Crystal Mozart, the largest ship along Europe’s rivers, and Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler, identical “Rhine Class” sister ships offering the only all-balcony, all-suite, all-butler vessels in the region. Crystal Expedition Cruises’ Crystal Esprit continues to take travelers seeking exclusive, active experiences to the world’s most elite yachting playgrounds in the Adriatic and West Indies, while the world’s premier luxury expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor, will debut in August of 2020.
The world-renowned Crystal Experience – featuring global journeys with Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Luxury Air – continues to be the distinctive choice of the world’s most discerning travelers.
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Kelly Bigel, ASTA Senior Director Business Development, Bob Dublin, ASTA Vice President International Expansion, Carmen Roig, Crystal’s senior vice president of marketing and sales, and Samantha Brown, TV personality