Copenhagen's port earned the prestigious title of Europe’s Leading Cruise Port for 2024 at a distinguished ceremony held in Berlin on March 6th, 2024, by the esteemed World Travel Awards.

With a history of excellence in the travel, tourism, and hospitality sectors, the World Travel Awards have been recognizing outstanding contributions since their establishment in 1993. Copenhagen's triumph marks its fifth win as Europe’s Leading Cruise Port, following previous victories in 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Accepting the accolade in Berlin, Luis de Carvalho, Commercial Cruise Director of Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP), expressed heartfelt appreciation to the voters, including passengers, cruise lines, and industry professionals, as well as local partners and stakeholders. Carvalho credited the dedicated efforts of CMP colleagues, CruiseCopenhagen, and various local entities for consistently delivering exceptional experiences to cruise guests and contributing to Copenhagen's distinction.

Renowned for its blend of tradition and innovation, Copenhagen offers a diverse array of cultural experiences amidst its picturesque surroundings. From striking architecture to world-class cuisine, the Danish capital captivates visitors with its rich heritage and unwavering commitment to sustainability.

Klaus Bondam, Director of Cruise at CruiseCopenhagen, emphasized the award's significance in promoting Copenhagen as a premier cruise destination, particularly amidst efforts to attract American cruise lines back to the Baltic Sea region. Bondam highlighted Copenhagen's allure, showcasing the city's cultural richness and vibrant atmosphere.

Strategically positioned as a gateway to the Baltic Sea and the Nordics/North Atlantic, Copenhagen boasts top-notch infrastructure to support cruise operations. With flexible turnaround facilities at acclaimed Ocean Quay cruise terminals and centrally located amenities at Langelinie Pier and Nordre Toldbod, the destination ensures a seamless experience for cruise travelers.

In 2023, Copenhagen warmly welcomed over 750,000 guests and nearly 300 cruise ships, with similar numbers anticipated for 2024. The city's appeal extends throughout the year, with a diverse lineup of cruise calls scheduled from October 2024 to April 2025, including 10 inaugural visits by notable cruise ships.

Committed to sustainable tourism practices, Copenhagen Malmö Port aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025, coinciding with the planned implementation of shore power for cruise ships in Copenhagen. With a steadfast dedication to excellence and sustainability, Copenhagen continues to set the standard for cruise destinations in Europe. Photo by Maciek Godlewski, Wikimedia commons.