The European Sea Ports Organisation gathered with four major European cruise port associations in Barcelona to announce enhanced cooperation between the different organisations representing over 280 cruise ports across Europe.
Singapore Tourism Board (Destination of the Year), Copenhagen Malmö Port (Port of the Year), Bolidt Synthetic Products & Systems (Supplier of the Year), Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (Environmental Initiative) and Excursions Ltd. (Innovative Shorex) were all honoured Wednesday night as winners in the eighth Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards, principal sponsor Fidelio Cruise.
The good news: the Mediterranean market is recovering from economic issues, with even hard-hit Spain turning the corner, and key ports like Barcelona with its current Oasis of the Seas mini-season are proving they can handle cruising's largest new ships.
On the downside, infrastructure is uneven, geopolitical issues dog certain regions, taxation and regulations pose challenges and many European governments fail to appreciate cruising as an engine for economic growth and jobs.
Port Everglades' 2014/15 winter cruise season will open with the naming of Regal Princess by the original 'Love Boat' cast, the deployment of Resorts Worlds' Bimini SuperFast day cruise and the grand opening of the fully renovated Cruise Terminal 4.
A bold alternative to the controversial proposed new channel for ships to reach Stazione Marittima in Venice envisions a remote satellite pier where cruise vessels would dock for passengers to transfer into the city via a large, environmentally friendly catamaran.
Total ships: 31
Total berths: 100,075
Total Order Book Value:$23,939,948,000.00
Average Price Per Berth:$267,583