The prestigious Excellence Cruise Awards, a benchmark in the international cruise industry, comes to Tenerife on 6 March with a gala ceremony, which will take place in the auditorium Adán Martín inTenerife.
It will be the sixteenth awards ceremony organised by Cruises News Media Group, which previously took place in cities such as Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Malaga, Cartagena, A Coruña and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
In November and December 2022, the five ports managed by the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife received a similar number of cruise passengers as in the same period of 2019, before the pandemic. In addition, for the first four months of 2023, the arrival of 290 cruise calls is forecast.
The figure rises to 573 calls if we consider the forecast for the whole of 2023, with 313 calls in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 144 in Santa Cruz de la Palma, 88 in San Sebastián de La Gomera, 24 in La Estaca and 4 in Los Cristianos.
On January 1, 2020, the new restrictions on atmospheric emissions set by the International Maritime Organisation came into force, which is the reason why most cruise ships opted to install gas scrubbing systems that reduce sulphur and particle emissions by 97%. Those ships that have not been able to install these innovative systems must use low sulphur fuel oil. In recent years, cruise ships powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) have also begun to make their debut, which not only eliminates sulphur and particulate emissions, but also reduces CO2 emissions by 30%. Aidanova, Iona, Arvia and Silver Nova are some of these cruise ships that will visit the ports of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Santa Cruz de la Palma.
The winners of the Cruise Excellence Awards are chosen by cruise passengers and travel agents through online voting, and the rewards include the best ships, the best gastronomy, the best itinerary, or even the best entertainment on board, with a total of 16 categories.
The ceremony will bring together the main cruise line executives, shipping agents, cruise tour operators, ports and destinations, travel agents, press, collaborators, professionals from Tenerife and Canary Islands as well as other industry suppliers, who will enjoy a unique gala followed by a dinner.
This edition has been promoted and sponsored by the Port Authority of Tenerife in collaboration with other public and private organisations such as Ports of Spain. The possibility of welcoming more sponsors is still open.