Celebrity Cruises has become the first ocean cruise line to ever earn Forbes Travel Guide (“FTG”) Star Awards in the publication's new cruise category. And we've just found out how many stars it has racked up in its first evaluation.
FTG already has a global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants, and spas. FTG inspectors travel the world anonymously to evaluate properties and determine the publication's annual Star Ratings. Now, it's added a cruise line category, and five Celebrity Cruises ships were evaluated.
The five inaugural star-rated cruise ships are:
- Celebrity Apex,
- Celebrity Edge,
- Celebrity Flora,
- Celebrity Millennium and
- Celebrity Summit.
Forbes Travel Guide assigns up to five stars - and although we had heard that these five Celebrity Cruises ships had been ranked, we didn't yet know how many stars each has earned - until February 21st.
Celebrity Apex, Celebrity Flora, and Celebrity Millennium each earned Four-Star awards, while Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Summit received Forbes Travel Guide 'Recommended honors.'
That brings the total number of stars earned by Celebrity in the inaugural cruise category to 12.
The remainder of the line’s 15-ship fleet will be evaluated in the year ahead, except for the line’s smaller Galapagos ships.
“We always reach for the stars at Celebrity Cruises,' said Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo.
'Whether it’s in our exceptional level of service, our innovative ship design, or the highest quality of relaxed luxury experiences we provide onboard. To now be Star-rated multiple times over is such an incredible honor from the Forbes Travel Guide team. It’s confirmation that with our resorts at sea, our guests truly sail on the world’s best places to the world’s best places.”
“Forbes Travel Guide is thrilled to announce Celebrity ships as the world’s first Star-Rated resorts at sea in the new ocean cruise category,” said Hermann Elger, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. “Celebrity has delivered on Forbes Travel Guide’s standards time and time again during meticulous incognito inspections – offering guests experiences that rival those at the very best land-based properties. We congratulate Celebrity Cruises on this spectacular and historic accomplishment.'
No word yet on which other cruise lines may be evaluated next for Forbes Travel Guide - or whether it will launch a river cruise category as well.
Have you sailed on the Forbes Travel Guide star-rated Celebrity Cruises ships? How would you rate them?
By: Lynn Elmhirst Producer and Host, World's Greatest Cruises
Image courtesyCelebrity Cruises
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