When it comes to the cruise industry, any maritime lawyer can tell you that there are many companies out there claiming to be the best. Different lines have various marketing strategies they use to appeal to different markets. Carnival Cruise Line, for example, prides itself on being the “Fun Ship,” while other lines, such as Silversea Cruises, Oceana and Regent cater to those who enjoy luxury and relaxation. Regardless of what an individual line offers to passengers, they are all subject to being rated by various travel companies. Recently, one cruise line company received acclaim for its small ships. American Cruise Lines, operator of the newest riverboats and small cruise ships in the United States, was voted the World’s Leading Small Ships Cruise Line by World Travel Awards, and no small feat for any cruise company to accomplish.
Referred to as “the Oscar’s of the travel industry” by the Wall Street Journal, World Travel Awards is considered the most comprehensive and prestigious awards program in travel and tourism. Thousands of travel companies and organizations across the world are nominated for their ingenuity and innovations, as well as their commitment to fulfilling tourist demands. After a full year of voting by both professionals in the travel and tourism industry and consumers, American Cruise Lines’ came out on top, after being recognized for its unique and successful small ship offerings.
The company specializes in small vessels that sail on the inland waterways and rivers of the United States. American Cruise Lines is best known for its unique choice in destinations throughout the country, highly attentive and personalized service for passengers, impressive fleet of riverboats and small ships, five-star dining, and many other nuances. This year has been an especially remarkable one for American Cruise Lines, having launched a new authentic paddle wheeler on the Mississippi River, the Queen of the West, the first to be built specifically for the River in almost 20 years. The cruise line also enjoyed a successful inaugural season in Alaska and has recently announced its newest itinerary for the 2013 cruise year, which will include calls on Puget Sound and San Juan Islands.
American Cruise Lines is just as excited to have been voted the best in the category as their passengers might be to board one of their iconic cruise ships. Timothy Beebe, the vice president of the company, gratefully accepted the award and emphasized the line’s commitment to going above and beyond for its guests.
“We are thrilled with this impressive award,” said Beebe. “We take great pride in each guest experience, and to be recognized with this award is an honor. It is a wonderful feeling to know that our guests and travel partners believe we are the best small ship cruise line.”
American Cruise Lines is a privately owned company incorporated in 1991. The line is based out of Guilford, Connecticut and is known for its unique itinerary offerings onboard small, groundbreaking vessels.
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