On February 13, A Coruña will be hosting the Gala of the Cruise Excellence Awards, celebrated since 2008 by Cruises News Media Group, who also organise the International Cruise Summit in Madrid and publish the magazine CruisesNews.
The Port of A Coruña has dramatically expanded its passenger traffic and large ship cruise calls during the last ten years, in addition to attracting new cruise companies. In 2020 it has more than 100 cruise calls scheduled, achieving the highest traffic level on the Cantabrian-Atlantic seaboard with about 200,000 passengers anticipated.
The cruise industry is in a period of exponential growth with increasing order books and 112 new ships which will have entered service by 2027. This is a booming industry in the tourism sector generating a revenue of more than 1.48 billion euros in Spain.
The Cruises News Media Group Excellence Cruise Awards are awards obtained by the different companies in the industry based on the votes given by cruise passengers in the following categories:
- Best Spanish Port 2019
- Best Crew 2019
- Best Popular Cruise Line 2019
- Best Premium Cruise Line 2019
- Best Luxury Cruise Line 2019
- Best Entertainment Onboard 2019
- Best Value for Money Cruise Line 2019
- Best Cruise Ship in the Mediterranean 2019
- Best Cruise Ship in Northern Europe 2019
- Best Gastronomy Experience 2019
- Best Itinerary 2019
- Best Consumer Brand Recognition 2019
- Best River Company 2019
- Best Cruise Line for the first cruise 2019
- Best Brand Recognition by Travel Agencies 2019
The ceremony will bring together the top executives of cruise line companies, cruise ship operators, shipping agents, ports and destinations, travel agents, press, collaborators, professionals and business managers of A Coruña and other suppliers in the cruise sector.
Guests will fill the Rosalía de Castro Theater and enjoy a unique gala night, followed by a cocktail-dinner in Palexco to celebrate the awards, whose previous editions were held in Cartagena, Barcelona, Malaga, Bilbao and Palma de Mallorca.
This edition is promoted and sponsored by the Port Authority of A Coruña, the City Council of A Coruña and the Xunta de Galicia. It also has the sponsorship of Puertos del Estado, MEGA, Corunna Cruise Terminal, Gadis, Maritime Consiflet, Bergé, crucerisimo.com and Cruises Atlantic Islands.