Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Yachts of Seabourn Voted Best Small Ship Cruise Line By Conde Nast Traveller...And More!

Last night, The Yachts of Seabourn, was awarded the Best Small Ship Cruise Line by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine's poll.  This accolade comes on the heels of Seabourn also being voted the Best Small Ship Cruise Line by Virtuoso.

Not wanting to rain on anyone's parade, it is well known that I am not a big fan of polls, so for me to make too much out of the Conde Nast award would be suspect, at best.

HOWEVER, the Virtuoso award (noting I am not a member of Virtuoso's network, but Ensemble Travel's) does mean something because it is a measure of how travel professionals view Seabourn.  Travel professionals formulate their opinions not by glossy brochures or stuffing ballot boxes, but by three major factors:  (1) Client input...which is necessarily related to a travel agent in a very objective manner (for if something wasn't right we are the first to hear about it!); (2) Quality of the Product; and, (3) Service provided to the travel professional.

Virtuoso's CEO stated, when presenting the award, “Seabourn is noteworthy as they epitomize the best of the world’s largest service industry, travel and tourism, in their dedication to their clients. Not only do they excel in delivering life experiences, but they support everyone in the network in such a way that it elevates the entire travel profession."  That pretty much sums it up.

When I have more information on the rest of the Conde Nast Traveller Awards, I will supplement this post.  But in the meantime, consider that I, most certainly, am not the only one who believes that Seabourn provides a truly superior experience for everyone involved in making your cruise the best it can be.