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Minoan to Handle Piraeus-Chania Ferry Route, Transport Council Rules

Minoan Lines will be handling the Piraeus-Chania ferry route over the summer, according to a decision by the Coastal Shipping Transport Council.

Minoan Lines on its Way to Launch Piraeus-Chania Route

Minoan Lines expects to receive permission to launch the ferry route connecting Piraeus with Chania, Crete, this summer.

Greek Tourism Minister Applauds Lady Gaga’s Comments About Greece

Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni was among the thousands who gathered at American pop star Lady Gaga's artRAVE concert held at the Olympic Stadium (OAKA) in Athens on 19 September 2014.

Pop Diva Lady Gaga Rocks Athens, Greece, With artRAVE Concert

American pop star Lady Gaga referred to the crisis in Greece during her concert on 19 September 2014 at the Olympic Stadium (OAKA) in Athens. The 26-year-old singer, known for her extravagant and eccentric fashion style, stated that she admires Greece and that in America "we are...

Posidonia Forum An Eye Opener For Tourism Sector

“Cruise tourism is a key to the government’s overall policy,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos said during his opening speech at the first Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum held at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens on 21-22 June.

Louis Cruise’s Debts Temporarily Frozen

In an effort to solve the legal dispute between Greek-flag Louis Cruises and the Greek Seamen’s Pension Fund (NAT) in regards to unpaid contributions, the Maritime Affairs Ministry recently tabled a law amendment in Parliament until an irrevocable judicial decision is made.

Cabotage Abolition Draft Law Tabled In Parliament

The draft law for the lifting of cabotage restri­ctions, drawn up by the Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Ministry, was tabled in Parliament on 20 July and was pending since then due to the August sum­mer break.

Lloyd’s Greek Shipping Awards a Big Success

Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards was a big success as it recognized the best in Greek shipping. DryShips boss, George Economou, and Greek ship owner and industry legend, John Carras, all took major prizes. Mr. Carras was named "Personality of the Year for 2007," an award...

Greek Cruising Sails into a New Era

Research done by European Cruise Contribution in Brussels recently showed increasing trends in the cruise line sector throughout Europe. Primarily, the research indicates there is an increase in orders for new cruise ships with the subsequent result being the creation of new...

Louis Hellenic Cruises’ Flies the Greek Flag

Louis Hellenic Cruises officially announced the hoisting of the Greek flag on the Calypso, the fifth cruise ship of their fleet to have such a distinction. The 135-meter-long Calypso, fully renovated in 1994, has 243 cabins, which enables it to serve and host 740 passengers.

Louis Hellenic Cruises to Raise the Greek Flag

At least three Louis group cruise ships will raise the Greek flag, CEO Costakis Loizou said aboard Thomson Destiny, the group's flagship, during a reception held while the vessel was docked in Piraeus last month.

Coastal Shipping Companies Unhappy With New Legislation

Greece's coastal shipping companies say new legislation that aims to liberalize the sector and open Greek routes to competition counters free enterprise and allows for greater state intervention. They even went as far as to say the bill creates the risk of placing some companies...

A note by the publisher

An article in the August 20 edition of the morning daily Kathimerini caught our eye. The title: "(Greece's) Blue & White is Dropped from 2,250 Yachts; the Consequences of Greek Authorities' Tactics are Incalculable."

Louis Group Raises Greek Flag

One of the many aims of the Louis Group of Cyprus is to fly the Greek flag on its cruise vessels. "It's a shame Greek ships do not fly Greek flags," said the Louis Group's chairman, Costas Loizou, at a recent Athens press conference, "as this is in Greece's interest and in the...

Strintzis Launches Blue Star I

Strintzis Lines launched the first of a new group of luxury passenger ferries recently at the Dutch shipyard van der Giessen-de Noord. After the ship received the blessings of a Greek Orthodox priest, Dutch Transport, Public Works and Water Management Minister Tiny Netelenbos...