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Cabotage Said To Finally Be Lifted

The Development, Competitiveness and Shipping Ministry plans to table a law in Parliament soon and fully lift cabotage restrictions for non-European Union flag cruise ships, the Greek press said recently.

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.

Greek Cruise Contract Considered Complex

The required three-year contract international cruise companies are required to sign with the Greek Government in order to homeport at a Greek port is a “written declaration of cooperation” that may be terminated at any time without any penalty, Maritime Affairs Minister Yiannis...

Doubts On Lifting Of Cabotage Restrictions

The Ministry of Maritime Affairs may hope to attract non-European Union flag cruise ships this summer, but cruise professionals have warned that the market may be lost even for 2012 due to unclear points in the new law for the lifting of cabotage restrictions, Greek press reports...
GNTO's stand at ITB Berlin 2011.
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Greece Shows Determination At ITB 2011

Business deals worth over six billion euros were made at this year’s ITB among 11,163 exhibiting companies and organizations from 188 countries (2010: 11,127 companies from 187 countries) that presented tourism products and the latest travel trends. The travel trade show counted...

Louis Cruises Plans To Reflag Its Ships

Cyprus-based Louis Cruises, the only cruise company with Greek flag ships, announced last month that it had decided to abandon the Greek flag and switch to the Malta flag.

Louis Moves Its “Majesty” To Piraeus

Louis Cruises recently announced that its luxurious Louis Majesty would now perform cruises in the Aegean Sea next summer from Piraeus, Greece.

Greek Sea Cruise Passenger Boarding Fee Announced

“A new day is beginning for sea cruise and the country,” Maritime Affairs, Islands and Fisheries Minister Yiannis Diamantidis said in reference to the lifting of cabotage restrictions for non-European Union-flag cruise ships.

Cabotage Abolition Law Becomes A Reality

On 25 August the draft bill for the lifting of cabotage restrictions, drawn up by the Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Ministry, was signed into law. Non-European Union-flag cruise ships would now be permitted to homeport in Greece, under certain conditions.

Cabotage Draft Law Causes Friction

The bill promoted by the government for the lifting of cabotage restrictions is a historical reform for the Greek cruise industry, Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Minister Louka Katseli said last month.

Agencies Wrap Up Consultations On Cabotage Abolition

“Predictions show that over the next two years cruises to the Mediterranean will be the world's first choice, outshining the half century dominance of cruises to the Caribbean.” This was just one of the conclusions of the report in regards to the lifting of cabotage restrictions...

Superfast And Costa Crociere Alliance

Attica Enterprises, the holding company for Superfast Ferries, and cruise company Costa Crociere, owned by Carnival Cruise Lines, signed signed a letter of intent to create two joint ventures in cruise and ferry operations.