Celebrity Cruises has become the first ocean cruise line to have earned the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide (FTG) Star Awards. Professional inspectors travel the globe to anonymously evaluate the finest hotels, restaurants, spas and cruise ships, using a host of exacting standards that will determine their annual star rating.

The five inaugural star-rated ships in the fleet are Celebrity Apex, Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Flora, Celebrity Millennium and Celebrity Summit. The remainder of the Celebrity Cruises fleet will be evaluated over the coming months, with the exception of the smaller ships designed for the Galapagos Islands.

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity Cruises President and CEO, said: “We always reach for the stars at Celebrity Cruises, 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 honour 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.”

Celebrity Cruises has joined an elite group of fewer than 20 land-based properties with over 1,000 guest rooms to receive the recognition.