Cruise award for Copenhagen and CMP

Copenhagen has been named "Port of the Year" by the cruise line Princess Cruises. The line's passengers have ranked 33 ports around the world and put Copenhagen in top place. CMP was also praised for its cruise operations and took part at the award ceremony in Miami.

Cruise operations involve teamwork, in which specialists within the tourism, shipping and transport industries work in partnership to make Copenhagen an attractive destination. Growth has increased for a number of years and 2009 produced a new record when 331 cruise vessels with 677,000 passengers visited Copenhagen.

At the awards ceremony in Miami in the middle of March, representatives of several of the organisations working together in the area of cruises in Copenhagen took part – Arnt Møller Pedersen, General Manager for Cruise and Ferries Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP), Brit Brander from DMC Denmark, who were, at the same time, named "Incoming Bureau of the Year" and Christian Lund from Maersk Broker, who were named best shipping agent.

Tough competition
"We are incredibly happy and proud about the "Port of the Year" award, which is, at the same time, great praise for everyone who makes the tourist's visit to Copenhagen memorable. The challenge is obviously to maintain and further develop the concept – particularly when it comes to traffic to and from quays and terminals. This is something we are focusing a great deal on, as competition from other ports and destinations is increasing, Arnt Møller Pedersen tells us.

Princess Cruises is behind the "Port of the Year" award and, every year, their passengers vote to choose the world's best turnaround port, i.e., a port where passengers begin or end their cruise. Copenhagen took first place in competition against 33 other ports. No one outside North America has ever received this distinction before. In their ranking, the passengers decide on several different parameters – service, infrastructure, personal reception etc.

"The turnaround port forms our passengers' first and last impression of their cruise with us." That is why it is important that they have a positive experience of everything and everyone they meet along the way, says Dean Brown, executive vice president of corporate services at Princess. Copenhagen has been named best port of 2009, but we have also been one of the highest ranking ports over the past years. This shows that our passengers appreciate the high level of service and efficiency provided by the port and its employees.

In the summer of 2009, the line's ships made 13 calls at Copenhagen. The city is also the home port for Princess Cruises' routes in Scandinavia and Russia. The 2010 season will begin on May 4 when the "Aida Blue" arrives at Langelinie at 09.00 AM. After that, a procession of ships will follow in its footsteps up to September 24 when the "Braemar" ends the cruise season for the year.

"It feels incredibly good to have received this award from Princess Cruises." Receiving recognition from a customer and its passengers is a great feeling. CMP has been working for a long time on developing the quality of its cruise operations and this award proves that we are heading in the right direction, says Johan Röstin, the CEO of CMP.

For further information, please contact,

Arnt Møller Pedersen, General Manager Cruise & Ferries, telephone no. + 45 35 46 11 07

Johan Röstin, CEO Copenhagen Malmö Port, telephone no. + 46 40 680 41 00
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