Accolade for Southampton's cruise ship operation from Cruise Critic

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Two cities with links to the Titanic have won best port awards in the centenary year of the disaster.

Southampton, where most of the doomed Titanic passengers and crew members boarded, has been named best UK departure port, by website Cruise Critic.

Belfast, where the Titanic was built, has been named best UK cruise port of call

Cruise Critic said: ''Belfast has regained its former glory thanks to the ship that for many years defined its decay.

''The stunning Titanic Belfast Centre has arguably done for Belfast what the Guggenheim did for Bilbao. The fact that more and more cruise ships are choosing Belfast as a port of call, seals its number one spot this year. ''

On Southampton, Cruise Critic said: ''We acknowledge the approach to Southampton is not as iconic as that of New York, but this year, the port excelled in two stand-out events - Cunard's Three Queens (the meeting of the Queen Victoria, the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Elizabeth) and P&O's Grand Event, showing it can handle a large number of ships with ease.

''It has also sealed its position as the number one cruise port in Europe, with a record 430 cruise ships due to visit next year.''

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4:57pm Tue 4 Dec 12

henry2* says...

They should get the Spitfire Monument built, that'd be a spectacle to look at when approaching the city from the water
They should get the Spitfire Monument built, that'd be a spectacle to look at when approaching the city from the water henry2*

11:12pm Tue 4 Dec 12

kingnotail says...

henry2* wrote:
They should get the Spitfire Monument built, that'd be a spectacle to look at when approaching the city from the water
It'd have to be good to detract from the sheer overwhelming awfulness..
[quote][p][bold]henry2*[/bold] wrote: They should get the Spitfire Monument built, that'd be a spectacle to look at when approaching the city from the water[/p][/quote]It'd have to be good to detract from the sheer overwhelming awfulness.. kingnotail

12:25am Wed 5 Dec 12

Proud from LIVERPOOL says...

Southampton only got top uk port of departure because in recent times it has had the monopoly in sailings.

Nobody can say it is a particularly attractive place from which to start or end a cruise. It also doesn't have many attractions to encourage cruisers to stay for a night or two at the beginning or end of their cruise, it is in fact the equivalent of a bus stop for cruisers to join their cruise ship.

I am certain that in the next few years at least two other cruise terminal ports will take a sizable chunk of Southampton's monopoly, which Southampton has assumed was it's God given right.
Southampton only got top uk port of departure because in recent times it has had the monopoly in sailings. Nobody can say it is a particularly attractive place from which to start or end a cruise. It also doesn't have many attractions to encourage cruisers to stay for a night or two at the beginning or end of their cruise, it is in fact the equivalent of a bus stop for cruisers to join their cruise ship. I am certain that in the next few years at least two other cruise terminal ports will take a sizable chunk of Southampton's monopoly, which Southampton has assumed was it's God given right. Proud from LIVERPOOL

5:37am Wed 5 Dec 12

100%HANTSBOY says...

Proud from LIVERPOOL wrote:
Southampton only got top uk port of departure because in recent times it has had the monopoly in sailings.

Nobody can say it is a particularly attractive place from which to start or end a cruise. It also doesn't have many attractions to encourage cruisers to stay for a night or two at the beginning or end of their cruise, it is in fact the equivalent of a bus stop for cruisers to join their cruise ship.

I am certain that in the next few years at least two other cruise terminal ports will take a sizable chunk of Southampton's monopoly, which Southampton has assumed was it's God given right.
Totally agree with you, but still they come! 430 scheduled next year,read it and weep,my friend!
[quote][p][bold]Proud from LIVERPOOL[/bold] wrote: Southampton only got top uk port of departure because in recent times it has had the monopoly in sailings. Nobody can say it is a particularly attractive place from which to start or end a cruise. It also doesn't have many attractions to encourage cruisers to stay for a night or two at the beginning or end of their cruise, it is in fact the equivalent of a bus stop for cruisers to join their cruise ship. I am certain that in the next few years at least two other cruise terminal ports will take a sizable chunk of Southampton's monopoly, which Southampton has assumed was it's God given right.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with you, but still they come! 430 scheduled next year,read it and weep,my friend! 100%HANTSBOY

3:56pm Wed 5 Dec 12

kingnotail says...

Proud from LIVERPOOL wrote:
Southampton only got top uk port of departure because in recent times it has had the monopoly in sailings.

Nobody can say it is a particularly attractive place from which to start or end a cruise. It also doesn't have many attractions to encourage cruisers to stay for a night or two at the beginning or end of their cruise, it is in fact the equivalent of a bus stop for cruisers to join their cruise ship.

I am certain that in the next few years at least two other cruise terminal ports will take a sizable chunk of Southampton's monopoly, which Southampton has assumed was it's God given right.
I've actually seen the horrified looks on people's faces when they get off the cruise ships and realise there is literally nothing to see or do in Southampton. It makes Liverpool or Newcastle look like Athens! The only reason I can think of it retaining it's top cruise port status is the 'posh south' myth, when actually Southampton is about as posh as Stoke-on-Trent..
[quote][p][bold]Proud from LIVERPOOL[/bold] wrote: Southampton only got top uk port of departure because in recent times it has had the monopoly in sailings. Nobody can say it is a particularly attractive place from which to start or end a cruise. It also doesn't have many attractions to encourage cruisers to stay for a night or two at the beginning or end of their cruise, it is in fact the equivalent of a bus stop for cruisers to join their cruise ship. I am certain that in the next few years at least two other cruise terminal ports will take a sizable chunk of Southampton's monopoly, which Southampton has assumed was it's God given right.[/p][/quote]I've actually seen the horrified looks on people's faces when they get off the cruise ships and realise there is literally nothing to see or do in Southampton. It makes Liverpool or Newcastle look like Athens! The only reason I can think of it retaining it's top cruise port status is the 'posh south' myth, when actually Southampton is about as posh as Stoke-on-Trent.. kingnotail

5:27pm Wed 5 Dec 12

phil maccavity says...

Why would people be horrified getting off a cruise ship in Soton?
As 95% of the them would have embarked in Soton in the first place surely their 'horrification' would have shown when they first came into the city!!
Southampton is one of the top ports in Europe primarily because of its benefits to turnround operations not calling cruises.
In fact Southampton is classed as London (Southampton), ie a category which also covers Dover, Harwich and Tilbury, by those cruise lines who call in these southern ports for day trip excursions.
Southampton is definately not 'posh' but it receives very little Govt or EC support which always goes north of the M4
It is important to differentiate between the two
Why would people be horrified getting off a cruise ship in Soton? As 95% of the them would have embarked in Soton in the first place surely their 'horrification' would have shown when they first came into the city!! Southampton is one of the top ports in Europe primarily because of its benefits to turnround operations not calling cruises. In fact Southampton is classed as London (Southampton), ie a category which also covers Dover, Harwich and Tilbury, by those cruise lines who call in these southern ports for day trip excursions. Southampton is definately not 'posh' but it receives very little Govt or EC support which always goes north of the M4 It is important to differentiate between the two phil maccavity

9:09am Thu 6 Dec 12

Proud from LIVERPOOL says...

This little item of breaking news may be of interest to all who contribute to this site.



LIVERPOOL will host the equivalent of the European cruise industry “Oscars” next year for the first time.

This accolade helps to consolidate the city as a player now taken seriously by top cruise decision-makers.

The event, called Columbus Day, is organised by the Association of Cruise Experts (ACE) for 400 senior travel executives on September 29, 2013.

It will happen a few weeks after the first five-star cruise departure from Liverpool Cruise Terminal by MV Celebrity Infinity.

The 91,000 gross ton liner with 2,170 berths will disembark and embark passengers on September 1, splitting a round-UK cruise into two halves for the first time ever.

Also next year Fred Olsen Cruise Lines will make a return to the city with 10 departures after a two-year gap, plus three departures by Cruise & Maritime Voyages.

The ACE Cruise Excellence Awards celebrates the contributions made by individuals.

Andy Harmer, ACE director, said: “This is the first time ACE has chosen Liverpool for its convention and it allows us to highlight a city investing heavily in its cruise programme.

“Liverpool also has good, purpose built conference facilities and is keen to work with ACE to produce an excellent Columbus Day for our delegates.

“We will be joined by speakers from inside and outside of the cruise industry and we will also celebrate the efforts of individuals in driving interest and sales in cruise with the ACE Excellence Awards.”

The fact that ACE has chosen Liverpool shows the city’s rising profile on the cruise map, both for ships visiting and the launch of turnarounds (cruises starting and ending) this year.

But ACE delegates will need to be reasssured the rather basic Pier Head terminal is only due to its embryonic nature and investment to keep up with a very competitive sector will follow.

Where this cash comes from has yet to emerge. The council and Port of Liverpool must work together and ideally persuade cruise lines to help invest in upgrading facilities which currently fall far below what they were in the same location over a century ago.

Stuart Wood, ex-Liverpool Chief Pilot and now a maritime commentator, said: “Construction of the Cruise Terminal was an amazing leap into the limelight focusing world attention on the port.

“Already cruise lines are altering schedules as Liverpool is proving so popular as a visitor destination and embarkation point for the whole north.

“The brilliant idea of splitting Celebrity Infinity’s round-UK cruise into two sectors will show other operators our turnaround benefits.”

Commenting on ACE’s Columbus Day, Cllr Wendy Simon, Liverpool City Council cabinet member for Culture and Tourism, said: “This is a fantastic coup for the city and it will be hugely beneficial to have industry experts in the city seeing all the amazing things Liverpool can offer as a destination.

“Since the terminal was awarded turnaround status this year we’ve seen an increase in people wanting to visit Liverpool for cruise holidays and more cruise liners wanting to come to the city.

“Our 10-year strategy is to restore the city’s reputation as a leading cruise destination, create jobs and returning Liverpool to its rightful place as a major cruise port.”

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This little item of breaking news may be of interest to all who contribute to this site. LIVERPOOL will host the equivalent of the European cruise industry “Oscars” next year for the first time. This accolade helps to consolidate the city as a player now taken seriously by top cruise decision-makers. The event, called Columbus Day, is organised by the Association of Cruise Experts (ACE) for 400 senior travel executives on September 29, 2013. It will happen a few weeks after the first five-star cruise departure from Liverpool Cruise Terminal by MV Celebrity Infinity. The 91,000 gross ton liner with 2,170 berths will disembark and embark passengers on September 1, splitting a round-UK cruise into two halves for the first time ever. Also next year Fred Olsen Cruise Lines will make a return to the city with 10 departures after a two-year gap, plus three departures by Cruise & Maritime Voyages. The ACE Cruise Excellence Awards celebrates the contributions made by individuals. Andy Harmer, ACE director, said: “This is the first time ACE has chosen Liverpool for its convention and it allows us to highlight a city investing heavily in its cruise programme. “Liverpool also has good, purpose built conference facilities and is keen to work with ACE to produce an excellent Columbus Day for our delegates. “We will be joined by speakers from inside and outside of the cruise industry and we will also celebrate the efforts of individuals in driving interest and sales in cruise with the ACE Excellence Awards.” The fact that ACE has chosen Liverpool shows the city’s rising profile on the cruise map, both for ships visiting and the launch of turnarounds (cruises starting and ending) this year. But ACE delegates will need to be reasssured the rather basic Pier Head terminal is only due to its embryonic nature and investment to keep up with a very competitive sector will follow. Where this cash comes from has yet to emerge. The council and Port of Liverpool must work together and ideally persuade cruise lines to help invest in upgrading facilities which currently fall far below what they were in the same location over a century ago. Stuart Wood, ex-Liverpool Chief Pilot and now a maritime commentator, said: “Construction of the Cruise Terminal was an amazing leap into the limelight focusing world attention on the port. “Already cruise lines are altering schedules as Liverpool is proving so popular as a visitor destination and embarkation point for the whole north. “The brilliant idea of splitting Celebrity Infinity’s round-UK cruise into two sectors will show other operators our turnaround benefits.” Commenting on ACE’s Columbus Day, Cllr Wendy Simon, Liverpool City Council cabinet member for Culture and Tourism, said: “This is a fantastic coup for the city and it will be hugely beneficial to have industry experts in the city seeing all the amazing things Liverpool can offer as a destination. “Since the terminal was awarded turnaround status this year we’ve seen an increase in people wanting to visit Liverpool for cruise holidays and more cruise liners wanting to come to the city. “Our 10-year strategy is to restore the city’s reputation as a leading cruise destination, create jobs and returning Liverpool to its rightful place as a major cruise port.” Read More http://www.liverpool dailypost.co.uk/live rpool-news/regional- news/2012/12/06/live rpool-scoops-chance- to-host-cruise-indus try-awards-99623-323 70266/2/#ixzz2EGEYhJ X2 Proud from LIVERPOOL

9:38am Thu 6 Dec 12

phil maccavity says...

Proud,
Well done Liverpool.
However to put things into perspective, last years 'Columbus Day' event was held in that well known cruise destination of.....Birmingham...
...!!!!!!
400 delegates is not to be sniffed at.
However, in comparison, the ACE organisation hold an annual event in Southampton attracting a thousand or so Travel Agents who can attend seminars and visit up to 5 ships in port at one time.
As the article says the.. 'rather basic Pier Head Terminal' ..requires further investment.
It will be interesting to see whether Liverpool City Council are prepared to further fund this investment out of local taxes.
Proud, Well done Liverpool. However to put things into perspective, last years 'Columbus Day' event was held in that well known cruise destination of.....Birmingham... ...!!!!!! 400 delegates is not to be sniffed at. However, in comparison, the ACE organisation hold an annual event in Southampton attracting a thousand or so Travel Agents who can attend seminars and visit up to 5 ships in port at one time. As the article says the.. 'rather basic Pier Head Terminal' ..requires further investment. It will be interesting to see whether Liverpool City Council are prepared to further fund this investment out of local taxes. phil maccavity

4:31pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Proud from LIVERPOOL says...

phil maccavity wrote:
Proud,
Well done Liverpool.
However to put things into perspective, last years 'Columbus Day' event was held in that well known cruise destination of.....Birmingham...

...!!!!!!
400 delegates is not to be sniffed at.
However, in comparison, the ACE organisation hold an annual event in Southampton attracting a thousand or so Travel Agents who can attend seminars and visit up to 5 ships in port at one time.
As the article says the.. 'rather basic Pier Head Terminal' ..requires further investment.
It will be interesting to see whether Liverpool City Council are prepared to further fund this investment out of local taxes.
I think you should put things in perspective......

The Association of Cruise Experts (ACE) UK Cruise Convention UK Cruise Convention has only been around for 5 years and has only ever staged itself in Southampton twice in that time. The last time being in May 2011 .

Your local poster Poppy22 wrote the following in May 2011.

Poppy22 says...
10:25pm Wed 4 May 11
I'm amazed that this hasn't always been in Southampton (unless there have been just 2 events so far). I have always considered Southampton to be the home of cruise liners so it makes sense for the convention to be here and Southampton Council needs to "encourage" the cruise businesses here to ensure the event remains here in future years.

....................
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I think it is symbolical and very worrying for Southampton , that as soon as Liverpool re-emerges ( after a long absence ) as a serious player in the cruise industry ( we plan to build our market over 10 years ),
The Association of Cruise Experts (ACE) wants to hold its prestigious event in Liverpool.
Southampton the so called holder of the monopoly of cruise routes has only ever held it twice.

Now that Liverpool is firmly back on the map with regard to the cruise industry, I am confident that the hundreds of delegates that will come next year will be absolutely amazed at what this great city has to offer the industry .
[quote][p][bold]phil maccavity[/bold] wrote: Proud, Well done Liverpool. However to put things into perspective, last years 'Columbus Day' event was held in that well known cruise destination of.....Birmingham... ...!!!!!! 400 delegates is not to be sniffed at. However, in comparison, the ACE organisation hold an annual event in Southampton attracting a thousand or so Travel Agents who can attend seminars and visit up to 5 ships in port at one time. As the article says the.. 'rather basic Pier Head Terminal' ..requires further investment. It will be interesting to see whether Liverpool City Council are prepared to further fund this investment out of local taxes.[/p][/quote]I think you should put things in perspective...... The Association of Cruise Experts (ACE) UK Cruise Convention UK Cruise Convention has only been around for 5 years and has only ever staged itself in Southampton twice in that time. The last time being in May 2011 . Your local poster Poppy22 wrote the following in May 2011. Poppy22 says... 10:25pm Wed 4 May 11 I'm amazed that this hasn't always been in Southampton (unless there have been just 2 events so far). I have always considered Southampton to be the home of cruise liners so it makes sense for the convention to be here and Southampton Council needs to "encourage" the cruise businesses here to ensure the event remains here in future years. .................... . I think it is symbolical and very worrying for Southampton , that as soon as Liverpool re-emerges ( after a long absence ) as a serious player in the cruise industry ( we plan to build our market over 10 years ), The Association of Cruise Experts (ACE) wants to hold its prestigious event in Liverpool. Southampton the so called holder of the monopoly of cruise routes has only ever held it twice. Now that Liverpool is firmly back on the map with regard to the cruise industry, I am confident that the hundreds of delegates that will come next year will be absolutely amazed at what this great city has to offer the industry . Proud from LIVERPOOL

4:57pm Thu 6 Dec 12

phil maccavity says...

Not sure where you got the info about the ACE Convention only being around for 5 years. According to their web site they are into their 7th year and, of these, understand all bar 2 have been in Southampton (the others in Dover)
Next year the thousand or so Travel Agents can visit up to 6 ships during their convention in Southampton port.
In comparison Liverpool has had a part grant funded cruise terminal for 6 years and has managed to attract 400 people to the Liverpool Conference centre next year. A very nice venue I have to say but another facility financed to a large extent by a substantial amount of public money denied to this area.
I hope your optimism for the future comes to fruition and everyone can share in an expanding market.
The interesting thing will be who will invest in 'upgrading the (Liverpool) terminal facilities to what they were a century ago' (as the article states)
Rule out Cruise & Maritime Services as they have actually halved their turnround cruise itinerary in Liverpool for 2013.
btw Liverpool is a great place to visit.
As has been said before you would expect this with £2billion of UK and EC aid over the past 20 years
Not sure where you got the info about the ACE Convention only being around for 5 years. According to their web site they are into their 7th year and, of these, understand all bar 2 have been in Southampton (the others in Dover) Next year the thousand or so Travel Agents can visit up to 6 ships during their convention in Southampton port. In comparison Liverpool has had a part grant funded cruise terminal for 6 years and has managed to attract 400 people to the Liverpool Conference centre next year. A very nice venue I have to say but another facility financed to a large extent by a substantial amount of public money denied to this area. I hope your optimism for the future comes to fruition and everyone can share in an expanding market. The interesting thing will be who will invest in 'upgrading the (Liverpool) terminal facilities to what they were a century ago' (as the article states) Rule out Cruise & Maritime Services as they have actually halved their turnround cruise itinerary in Liverpool for 2013. btw Liverpool is a great place to visit. As has been said before you would expect this with £2billion of UK and EC aid over the past 20 years phil maccavity

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