Celebrity Maintains Lead in Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Survey

Premium Cruise Line Holds Seven of Top 11 Spots, Including Number One and Two

MIAMI, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — “Three-peats” aren’t just limited to the world of sports. For the third consecutive year, Celebrity Cruises has swept Conde Nast Traveler’s readers’ survey ranking “The Best Cruise Ships in the World.”

Seven Celebrity ships — every ship in the fleet that falls into the large-ship category — ranked in the top 11 in the annual survey, results of which are published in the February 2005 edition. Infinity and Constellation ranked first and second, respectively, bettering their scores of 2004, which were then the highest in the history of the survey. Mercury, Summit and Galaxy ranked fourth, fifth and sixth, Millennium ranked ninth, and Century 11th. The balance of Celebrity’s fleet — the 1,354-guest Horizon and Zenith — were among those honored in the medium-ship category.

The savvy subscribers of Conde Nast Traveler evaluated ships on five criteria: itineraries, crew/service, cabins/design, food/dining, and activities/excursions. Celebrity made a clean sweep of the survey’s rankings in the category of food/dining — with Constellation, Infinity and Galaxy shutting out the competition. The same held true for Constellation, Infinity and Galaxy, honored as the best of the best in the area of crew/service.

“Very few surveys mean more than Conde Nast Traveler’s, so this is a particularly meaningful validation of what we’re doing at Celebrity,” said the line’s President & COO, Jack Williams. “We’ve built increasing momentum and excitement behind the brand, and this recognition reinforces what we’re doing, and encourages us to continue.”

Celebrity Cruises is the industry’s highest rated premium cruise brand with a taste of luxury. The cruise line has 10 ships in its fleet, which sails in Alaska, Bermuda, California, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera, the Panama Canal and South America. In addition, Celebrity Xpeditions offer exotic travel experiences in the Galapagos Islands, the Arctic, and Antarctica. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111, or visit the Celebrity web site at http://www.celebrity.com/ .

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