Crystal River Cruises Voted #1 River Cruise Line in the 2019 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards

The World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line takes top honors in prestigious awards

MIAMI, October 7, 2019 – Today, Crystal River Cruises was named “Best River Cruise Line” by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler in its 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards. The annual Reader’s Choice Awards are the longest-running and among the most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry, with this year’s awards garnering votes from a record number of readers weighing in on their favorite travel experiences around the world. Crystal River Cruises, which will boast the youngest fleet on Europe’s rivers in 2020, has set a new bar for luxury in the river cruising market, with the most spacious and luxurious ship designs and the highest crew-to-guest ratio in the industry.

“We are immensely proud and honored to be recognized by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, who are selective, savvy travelers with discerning tastes,” said Walter Littlejohn, vice president and managing director of Crystal River Cruises. “While our ships are stylish and elegant with all the luxurious appointments travelers expect from Crystal, what really sets us apart is the genuine and warm service and attention to detail from the Crystal River Cruises crew. Our guests continually cite the personal connections they make on board as the reason they always feel at home aboard our ships, and one of the many reasons they choose Crystal time and again.”

Crystal’s River ships sail itineraries of seven to 16 days along the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers. The 106-guest ships are enclaves of elegance for itineraries that celebrate the romance, creativity and rich heritage of the destinations. They feature all-suite, all-balcony ships offering butler service for every suite, Michelin-inspired cuisine, stylish spaces and open decks, while hundreds of inclusive, curated experiences ashore cater to travelers’ individual tastes.

The 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards are published exclusively on Condé Nast Traveler’s website at and celebrated in the November issue on newsstands nationwide now.

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.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel advisor, call 888.799.2437,or visit Join the hundreds of thousands who subscribe to theCrystal Insider blog, follow Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page; @crystalcruises on Twitter and Instagram; @crystalrivercruises on Instagram; and engage in the conversation with #crystalcruises, #crystalrivercruises and #WhereLuxuryisPersonal.



Susan Robison 

Crystal Global Public Relations              

(310) 203-4305;      

Lee Edelstein, Account Director

The Brandman Agency (212) 683-2442;

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