As per Cobh, a small settlement in Ireland has won for the second consecutive time ‘Western Europe’s top cruise destination’ title respectively. The Cork stopover has been nominated as number two cruise destination in ‘British isles and Western Europe’, according to the Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards.
This award was given on the basis of reviews posted to CruiseCritic.com; named the best cruise destinations for 2017 across 15 regions worldwide.
In Western Europe, Amsterdam claimed the top spot jointly with Cobh defeating Lisbon, Guernsey’s St. Peter Port and Greenock (Glasgow) to maintain their second position respectively.
For 2017, Budapest was ranked overall best cruise destination whereas Dubrovnik and Villefranche took the Eastern and Western Mediterranean awards, respectively.
To much surprise, Dublin, the biggest cruise destination of Ireland did not feature in the list.
To quote Captain Michael McCarthy, Commercial Manager with the Port of Cork, “Obviously we’re delighted. This is hugely rewarding, because we’ve put a lot of time and effort into promoting the south of Ireland through Cork.”
If we look back, in the year 1912, Cobh was the last port of call in terms of RMS Titanic.
To quote McCarthy, “It’s not a big city, so people feel very comfortable. There’s time to stop and chat, and the passengers really appreciate that bit of Irish friendliness and banter.”
To quote jlmack70, one Cruise Critic member, “Love this port. This little town is amazing. We visited the Titanic museum, cathedral and a few gift shops. The people were warm and friendly and made me feel like I had lived there myself.”