Port of Cork gets thumbs up from cruise ship industry

The Port of Cork has for a second successive year scooped prestigious international prizes from the cruise ship industry.

The port authority was presented with the awards for Best Shoreside Welcome and Best Tour Guides at Seatrade Miami, the global annual cruise shipping conference.

The announcement came as the port prepares to start its cruise season next week with the arrival of MV Balmoral and MV Marco Polo.

In total, up to 60 cruise liners carrying 100,000 passengers will visit Cork from April to November.

Port of Cork chairman Dermot O’Mahoney said receiving the global cruise awards showed the dedication and efforts made by the port 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 region directly to the cruise companies,” Mr O’Mahoney said.

The award winners were selected from data 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.

“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. This will be a another busy year for the cruise business in Cork, with 60 liners calling,” said Brendan Keating, the port’s chief executive.

“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.”

Mr Keating said the 100th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic 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.”

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