World Cruise Awards announced today
Lisbon’s cruise ship terminal has won the prize of “Best Cruise Terminal in Europe“, awarded by the World Cruise Awards, a distinction that demonstrates the “growing importance” of the infrastructure for tourism and the city, it was announced today.
Lisbon’s category was up against terminals in Civitavecchia, Amsterdam, Limassol, Malaga, Barcelona, Kiel, Monaco, Oslo, Rostock-Warnemunde, Portsmouth, Valletta and Zadar, the Port of Lisbon Authority (APL) explains, stressing the award is a “source of pride“.
“This distinction highlights the exceptional conditions that Lisbon has to accommodate cruise ships and passengers with increasing demands, thus providing a service of excellence to those visiting the Portuguese capital,” said APL manager António Caracol.
Mr Caracol also stressed that the award given to the terminal – inaugurated in November 2017 following an investment of €28 million – is important at a stage when APL is developing a set of initiatives in a “strategy to enhance and qualify the cruise industry in the city”, such as at the level of sustainability.
“We strongly believe that Lisbon – as a port and cruise destination – guarantees a sustainable response to present and future challenges,” he said.
Designed by Portuguese architect Carrilho da Graça, Lisbon’s cruise terminal has an area of 13,800 m2 and a quay 1,490 m long with capacity to receive ships of various types and sizes with a draught of up to 12 metres.
The World Cruise Awards, launched in 2021, aim to recognise excellence in the global cruise industry, and are a “sister” event to the World Travel Awards, which honour the best examples of good practice in the tourism sector, says today’s press release.