Award for Koper - port with the best destination experience

Published: 5.4.2013

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Award for Koper - port with the best destination experience

In mid-March at the Seatrade Cruise Shipping fair in Miami, the Koper passenger port received an award for the port with the best destination experience according to the selection of Cruise Insight magazine. The award is an important recognition for Koper and for Slovenia, since in a relatively short period, the latter has managed to establish itself on a highly competitive cruise ship market as an attractive destination that has a lot to offer its guests.

Award for Koper - port with the best destination experience

In mid-March at the Seatrade Cruise Shipping fair in Miami, the Koper passenger port received an award for the port with the best destination experience according to the selection of Cruise Insight magazine. The award is an important recognition for Koper and for Slovenia, since in a relatively short period, the latter has managed to establish itself on a highly competitive cruise ship market as an attractive destination that has a lot to offer its guests.

The award also represents recognition for the hard work that has been invested by the Koper Urban Municipality and Luka Koper for the preparation of welcome parties at the terminal, animation, guides, music and other experiences as well as wine tasting; at the same time, this is recognition of the good presentation of Koper, its background and the hospitality and friendliness that passengers experience when arriving to the town.

Koper port will proudly welcome an amazing 53 passenger ships from now until the end of the year – the first, Seaburn Spirit, will arrive at the end of April. Namely, two new cruise providers, the Norwegian Fred Olsen Cruise Lines with the ship Braemar and the German Peter Deilmann Cruises with Deutschland, have included the Slovenian port on their lists. Both ships are classified to be mid-to-small-range passenger ships (the first has the capacity for 930 passengers and the second up to 500).

Several passenger ships will visit Koper for the first time this year, including several luxury ships. The longest of them will be the 315-meter long Celebrity Silhouette of the Norwegian-US company Celebrity Cruises. Almost 3000 passengers will be on board the ship, which will stop off in Koper a total of six times.

A similar number of passengers will be delivered by the 290-meter long
Crown Princess of the Princess Cruises company, which will drop its anchor in Koper twice. The Thomson Majesty ship of Thomson Cruises, which can accommodate around 1500 passengers, will visit Koper the most often, dropping its anchor 13 times.

Slovenia and its Koper port have become recognisable only in recent years as a destination for cruise ships, while recording amazing results in the recent period. The Koper Urban Municipality has been striving to get Koper to become a home port for smaller shipping lines as well as an `interport` with the possibility of boarding new passengers during the cruise itself. Slovenia also has an excellent geostrategic location in Central Europe and reaches deeply into the land with its only 46 kilometres of Adriatic coast; moreover, its relatively short distances provide diverse experiences of discovering the Mediterranean and the Alps, the countryside and the urban capital.

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