Seatrade is honoring the behind-the-scenes contributors to a great vacation by presenting its Seatrade Cruise Awards 2016. In their 10th anniversary, the awards and their winners are indicative of a growing global cruise community, from ports to shore excursions.
This year, there was a record count of entries with more than 100, and from those, the Port of the Year went to ABP Port of Southampton in the United Kingdom. The historic port, where the Titanic once sailed from and is now part of Associated British Ports, currently hosts 1.7 million passengers annually from the likes of Cunard’s newly remastered Queen Mary 2 ocean liner and the world’s other largest cruise ships in the world.
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When last I sailed from the destination aboard the QM2, a gangway malfunction required the ship to be accommodated at the old QE2 Terminal instead of its usual Ocean Cruise Terminal, but that temporary issue notwithstanding, the overall facility and its four cruise berths are usually exceptional.
The Destination of the Year was similarly received by the Singapore Tourism Board, which just proves how the Asian cruise ma