Monday 11 April 2011
The Port of Cork has won 1st place for ‘Best Destination Experience (Organised)’ in the world and 2nd place for ‘Best Port Welcome’ after attending the largest annual cruise conference ‘Cruise Shipping Miami’ where the 15th Annual “Dream World Cruise Destinations” 2010 Awards were announced. This achievement highlights the outstanding team effort and commitment by the Port of Cork to deliver an excellent service to the visiting cruise lines and their passengers when in Cork. Ireland Inc received a Commendation as a “Destination where the Quality and Professionalism of Tour Guides is considered outstanding”.
Since the early 1990’s the Port of Cork has been welcoming cruise liners to Cork Harbour and today an average of 54 cruise liners call each year bringing over 100,000 passengers and crew to the region. The Port of Cork has invested heavily in this business and has ambitious plans to grow the business to 75 calls over the next five years. Receiving these world awards shows the enormous effort by the Port of Cork to ensure new and existing cruise companies continue to call to Cork. The Port of Cork can provide excellent deep water facilities for liners in Cobh and Ringaskiddy, making it an attractive port of call for the larger liners as well as smaller liners.
The winners of ‘Dream World Cruise Destinations’ Annual Awards are based on surveys that are collected and analyzed from Cruise Line Executives from all of the major cruise companies. The awards, launched in 1993, announce the ports and destinations that have provided outstanding services to ships, passengers and crew. The geographical mix of large and small ports receiving awards from Dubai, Far East, the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Baltic and Americas, reflected the global nature of the business.
Speaking about the awards, Captain Michael McCarthy Commercial Manager at the Port of Cork said: “The Port of Cork is very grateful to receive these world awards. It is such an achievement not only for the Port but Cork as a region. We are fortunate to have excellent relationships with tourism providers, tour operators, Irish Rail and local tourism groups to be able to win these awards. Considerable effort goes into welcoming these liners when in Cork and we would like to share these awards with everyone who works with us on making this business work for the region. The awards will be used as a benchmark to drive growth in the cruise business, review product delivery and continue to review the berthing of small, medium and mega vessels.”
He continued: “We are committed to growing the cruise liner business in Cork and winning these awards gives us the confidence to make this happen. The cruise liner business is worth an average of €8 million per annum directly to the Cork region and many businesses in the region can benefit from these vessels. The Port of Cork aims to continually work with City, County and Local Town Councils, tour operators, tourism service providers and many other local bodies to succeed in our ambitious plans for growth.”
“The poignancy of the arrival of our first cruise vessel for 2011, the MV Queen Victoria, is its berthing on the 99th anniversary of the departing of the Titanic from Cobh on the 11th April 1912. Cobh’s association with the Titanic will be commemorated during 2012 and already travels writers and historic groups are visiting Cobh to make its association.”
In 2011, 54 cruise ships are scheduled to call to the Port of Cork facilities including the maiden call of the brand new MV Queen Elizabeth and the largest liner to call to an Irish port, MV Independence of the Seas. Over 100,000 passengers and crew will visit the Cork region during the liner season.
For further information please contact:
Commercial Marketing Executive
Port of Cork Company
Custom House Street
Tel: +353 (0) 21 4625 375
Fax: +353 (0) 21 4276 484
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