The Port of Cork has scooped another two cruise awards for 2011. The awards for 'Best Shore side Welcome' and 'Best Tour Guides' were announced at Seatrade Miami, the global annual cruise shipping conference. This is the second year in a row that the Port has won such prestigious awards for their cruise business.
This announcement comes as the Port of Cork prepares to start their 2012 cruise season next week with the arrival of MV Balmoral and MV Marco Polo. In total up to 60 cruise liners will visit the port between April and November bringing over 100,000 passengers and crew to the region.
Receiving these awards, Chairman of the Port of Cork Mr Dermot O'Mahoney said: 'Receiving these global cruise awards shows the dedication and efforts made by the Port of Cork to ensure new and existing cruise companies continue to call to Cork. As well as investing in cruise facilities, the Port is also proactive in marketing the port and the region directly to the cruise companies.'
The winners of 'Cruise Insight' Annual Awards (formerly Dream World Cruise Awards) are based on surveys that are collected and analysed 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. In 2011 there were a total of 87 worldwide winners, with 22 receiving more than one award, such as the Port of Cork.
Brendan Keating, Chief Executive of the Port of Cork also commented on the cruise awards saying: 'We as a port are very satisfied to have received these cruise awards two years in a row and we hope to continue our success next year. 2012 will be a another busy year for the cruise business in Cork, with 60 liners calling, of which three are operating part turnaround calls and ten liners are maiden visits to the port.'
He continued: 'While the port puts in a huge effort to bring the liners to Cork, the business would not work without the relationship and continued joint efforts of the Tour operators, Ship agents, Bus companies, Irish rail, local tourism groups and Cobh & Harbour Chamber, as well as the great tourist attractions on offer within the region, to help make the cruise business what it is today in Cork.
'2012 will also mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic which will attract many visitors to the town of Cobh. Both MV Balmoral and MV Marco Polo are carrying out themed Titanic cruises next week to commemorate the anniversary and Titanic 100 will also host a number of exciting events throughout the month in Cobh town.'
The Port of Cork is home to Ireland's only dedicated cruise berth in Cobh