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Wave Awards Sees Port of Southampton Named ‘Best Port’

22nd October 2021
At the 2021 Wave Awards, ABP's Port of Southampton has been awarded ‘Best Port’. The port in Hampshire is the UK's largest cruise port handling around 500 cruise calls and 2m passengers annually. At the 2021 Wave Awards, ABP's Port of Southampton has been awarded ‘Best Port’. The port in Hampshire is the UK's largest cruise port handling around 500 cruise calls and 2m passengers annually. Credit: ABP Southampton-facebook

At the 2021 Wave Awards which celebrates excellence and innovation in the cruise industry, the UK south coast Port of Southampton has been awarded ‘Best Port’.

This latest win for Southampton (of Associated British Ports) confirms its status as the UK’s capital of cruising and Europe’s leading cruise turnround port.

The award was presented to ABP’s Head of Cruise Rebekah Keeler and her team at the black-tie ceremony in London on 15 October. The accolade follows Seatrade Cruise Global awarding the Port of Southampton ‘Port of the Year’ last month at its annual industry event in Miami.

Rebekah Keeler said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won our second cruise industry award of the season. It is fantastic recognition for our teams and the whole port community, acknowledging the level of work that has gone into providing the best experience for cruise lines and passengers.”

The Port of Southampton has been at the forefront of growth in the cruise industry, having spent the last few years investing heavily in its cruise infrastructure. Just this year, the English Channel port opened its fifth world-class cruise terminal, the Horizon Cruise Terminal, with an investment of £55 million.

The dedicated cruise facility includes Shore Power connectivity, which means zero emissions at berth for ships with the onboard capability.

As Europe’s leading cruise turnaround port, The Port of Southampton typically welcomes around 500 cruise calls and two million passengers per year.

Published in Cruise Liners
Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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