Increased arrivals of cruise ships to the Cretan port of Heraklion this month demonstrate that efforts to extend the holiday season are paying off, the Heraklion Port Authority said recently.
Over 10,000 tourists arrived at Crete’s port in the first week of November, according to the Heraklion Port Authority, with 14 luxury liners hosting some 42,000 passengers expected to dock in by the end of the month.
The Queen Elizabeth, the latest member of the Cunard Lines’ fleet, arrived at the port of Heraklion earlier this week, ahead of its next stop, the Dodecanese isle of Rhodes. Aida Cruises’ the Aida Aura sailed in Wednesday with the Aida Sol following. In the meantime, Mediterranean Shipping Company’s MSC Fantasia is expected to dock in on Friday, 7 November.
Crete’s mild climate, historic, cultural and natural wealth makes it a unique cruise destination at the end of the autumn season. The cruise industry has contributed to extending the tourism season to 12 months, the port authority said in a statement, adding that it will continue its efforts in this direction with the aim of boosting the local economy and upgrading the tourist product on offer all year round.
In 2013, a total of 272,149 cruise passengers visited the port and city of Heraklion on 177 ocean liners. Gross revenue from cruise activities exceeded 600,000 euros.