The seventeenth Cruise Excellence Awards gala will once again be held in Tenerife on February 1, 2024.
Last March, the city celebrated these awards for the first time; the awards having previously visited cities such as Barcelona, Palma, Malaga, Cartagena, A Coruña, and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The organizing company, Cruises News Media Group, has selected the capital of Tenerife for the second consecutive year.
According to data from the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, between January and September 2023, the five managed ports received almost double the number of cruise passengers compared to the same period the previous year. There were 662,260 passengers compared to 346,741 in 2022, an increase of 91%. However, the number of ships has fallen by 13.6%, indicating that the arriving cruises are of a higher capacity.
These figures are revealing, as the crucial cruise season in the islands begins in September.
In the upcoming season, some of the world’s most luxurious ships, such as the Silver Moon and the Seven Seas Splendor, will visit the Chicharrero port, along with the largest ships in the world, such as the Iona, Arvia, and MSC Virtuosa, among others. In the category of new ships, the Queen Anne, Sun Princess, and Mein Schiff 7 will also be docking.
The winners of the Cruise Excellence Awards are chosen by cruise passengers and travel agencies through online voting, honouring everything from the best ships and cuisine to the best itinerary or even the best onboard entertainment, in a total of 17 categories.
The ceremony will bring together the top executives of cruise companies, ship agents, cruise tour operators, ports and destinations, travel agents, press, collaborators, professionals, and entrepreneurs from Tenerife and other sector providers. All will enjoy a unique gala at the Tenerife Auditorium followed by a cocktail dinner.
This edition has been promoted and sponsored by the Port Authority of Tenerife in collaboration with other public and private entities. The opportunity for additional sponsorship is still open.
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