Cruise Excellence Awards 2019

Gala Night at the Cruise Excellence Awards shines again in Cartagena.

Report of the magazine CruisesNews 48 – March 2019

Website Cruise Excellence Awards

Cruise Excellence Awards 2019


The El Batel Auditorium of Cartagena, hosted the twelfth edition of the Cruise Excellence Awards, attended by more than 350 guests.

The ceremony brought together, as previously, the main executives of cruise lines, cruise operators, ship agents, ports and destinations, travel agents, press, service providers and professionals.

In addition, a special presentation was made, the Andrés Mira Domenech Award, in memory of the founder of CruisesNews Media Group, an emotional award that the organization grants when it considers that there are exceptional merits. This fell to Emiliano González, President of MSC Cruises Spain, who Virginia López General Director of CNMG described as one of her main supports in these difficult years.

Cruise Excellence Awards 2019


The gala featured a spectacular performance by Elena del Aire and Alberto Soro, who captivated the audience with their acrobatics of Pole Dancing and Cyr Wheel. The entertainment was directed and presented by the humourist and showman Mr. Corrales. This year the organization presented the new trophies, in the form of customized sculptures made of COR-TEN steel.

The Cruise Excellence Awards are the result of a macro survey conducted amongst national cruise passengers which gives a special value to the results.

Cruises News provide a seal for the awarded companies to use in its marketing brochures.

This edition was promoted and sponsored by the Port Authority and the City of Cartagena, the Murcia Region Tourism Institute as well Puertos del Estado, Maritime Activities Business Association of Cartagena, Cruises Atlantic Islands, Agencia Maritima Blazquez, Cruise Friends Shops, Mediterranean Unique Experience, Planout, Erhardt Mediterraneo, Roman Theatre of Cartagena, Asiatico Shop, Licor 43 and Estrella Levante.

Cruise Excellence Awards 2019


The choice of the city is due, among other considerations, to the consolidation of the Port of Cartagena as one of the Spanish destinations that have experienced the greatest growth in recent years. During 2018 it received more than 230,000 passengers in 148 cruises, which placed it as the eighth Spanish port for this type of traffic. In 2019, 165 cruise calls are planned, bringing 240,000 passengers. This also means that the port will break free of its previous seasonality since it will be receiving boats every month of the year.

Cruise Excellence Awards since 2008. The cruise tourism awards. CNMG organizes and presents the cruise Excellence Awards and both “Premios Excellence de Cruceros” and “Cruise Excellence Awards” are registered trademarks.

The Cruise Excellence Awards, whose first edition was held in 2008 in Barcelona, is a brand of CruisesNews Media Group, organizer of the International Cruise Summit in Madrid and editor of CruisesNews and TopRiver magazines.

The cruise industry gala ceremony
The Ceremony showcasing Spain´s Cruise Industry achievements. Cruise Excellence Awards celebrate the very best of the Spain’s cruise tourism sector.

Cruise Excellence Awards 2019


The awards duly recognize, perfection, imagination, creativity, excellence, impeccable service and innovation in an emerging and unstoppable industry that is continuously evolving in Spain. Spain is today both as destination and source market one of the top markets in the world and delivers an exceptional experience, both on board and ashore with one of the best port terminal networks in the world.

The Awards, launched in 2008, were again a huge success in terms of attendance.  Premios Excellence de Cruceros showcased again their firm establishment as the premier distinctions in the Spain´s cruise industry with cruise lines representatives coming to receive their awards from all over the world.

Cruise Excellence Awards are owned and organised by Cruises News Media Group, the company behind that leads one of the most important B2B Cruise events, The International Cruise Summit, and the top leading cruise industry magazine for Spanish speaking countries, Cruises News Magazine among other products.

Cruise Excellence Awards 2019


The Awards launched in 2008, and rotating all over the Iberian Peninsula, are firmly established as the premier distinctions in the Spain´s cruise industry with cruise lines representatives coming to receive their awards from all over the world.

Each year, the Excellence Cruise Awards is well attended by more than 300 people. Among the special guests are the top executives of the main cruise lines, ports, tourism boards, auxiliary industry, tourist services, travel agencies, tour operators, public administrators, press, promotional companies and cruisers.

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Best Spanish Port 2018: PORT OF BARCELONA
Best Onboard Entertainment 2018: NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE
Best Value for Money Cruise Line 2018: MSC CRUISES
Best Cruise Line for First Cruise 2018: COSTA CRUISES
Best Popular Cruise Company 2018: PULLMANTUR CRUISES
Best Premium Cruise Line 2018: HOLLAND AMERICA LINE
Best Luxury Cruise Line 2018: SILVERSEA CRUISES
Best River Cruise Company 2018: CROISIEUROPE
Best Ship in Mediterranean 2018: SYMPHONY OF THE SEAS
Best Ship in Northern Europe 2018: MSC MERAVIGLIA
Best Brand Recognition by Travel Agents 2018: COSTA CRUISES
Best Onboard Gastronomy 2018: OCEANIA CRUISES
Best Itinerary 2018: PRINCESS CRUISES
Best Consumer Brand Recognition 2018: COSTA CRUISES

15 awards chosen by cruise passengers.

Cruise Excellence Awards 2019


As in previous editions, special recognitions where given to:
Port of Cartagena Recognition: The Spanish Navy
Cruises News Media Group Recognition: Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services
Cruises News Media Group Recognition: Port Authority of Leixoes

Cruise Excellence Awards held in Cartagena highlighted the very best of the Spain’s cruise tourism sector. The awards duly recognized, perfection, imagination, creativity, excellence, impeccable service and innovation in an emerging and unstoppable industry that is continuously evolving in Spain.

Cruise Excellence Awards 2019


Cartagena is one of the Spanish destinations that have seen rapid growth in recent years.

In 2016, the city debuted as a cruise embarkation port, and in 2017 the new access to the expanded cruise terminal was inaugurated. In 2018 Cartagena received 140 calls with more than 200,000 passengers and for 2019 it will have 165 calls with more than 240,000 passengers. These positive figures of calls and passengers scheduled for 2020 will maintain this growth trend.

Cartagena offers its visitors a variety of tourist options: Notably, Roman Cartagena, with its amphitheatre and the Roman forum among other archaeological sites. Then, there is Military Cartagena, with castles, fortresses and military buildings that served to defend the city and the entire coast of the region, and Modernist Cartagena: thanks to mining during the last century, several modernist buildings were built throughout the city.

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It also offers access to a wide range of tourism attractions in the region of Murcia, such as the city of Murcia, with its Cathedral, palaces and churches in the Baroque style; La Manga del Mar Menor, a unique therapeutic place for the healing properties attributed to its beneficial mud; Mina Agrupa Vicente, just 20km from the port, is one of the largest mines open to the public in Europe with galleries of more than 2,300 square metres at a depth of 80 metres, where it is also possible to enjoy a flamenco show. Another popular attraction is an exhibition of the Spanish horse, where it is possible to see real breeding horses, study their morphology, observe the foals from the breeding programme, witness the handling of cattle and stallions, as well as enjoying a flamenco show and a taste of local tapas and wine; among others.

The location also offers an excellent variety in gastronomic options, which can be savoured during a tapas route, visiting the local market or preparing typical Spanish dishes; or visit the Jumilla area, where this wine with “Designation of Origin” is located, visit its vineyards and wineries as well as the recently inaugurated Jumilla Wine Museum, as well as enjoying “Experience 43”, through a visit to the factory and local liquor museum of Cartagena, Licor 43.

Cruise Excellence Awards 2019

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