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Piraeus to Welcome New Built Cruise Ship Majestic Princess

The newly built cruise ship Majestic Princess of Princess Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival Corp, will dock in Piraeus Port on Sunday, April 30.

Piraeus Announced as Homeport for Carnival Vista in 2016

Piraeus will be the homeport for Carnival Cruise Lines' largest ship to date, the 133,500-ton Carnival Vista, when it launches its Mediterranean cruises in Spring 2016.

Third Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum Unveils Speaker Line-up

Senior officials from major international cruise companies will meet in Athens in May for the 3rd Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum to engage with government officials, network and do business with representatives of the Eastern Mediterranean’s port authorities, cruise ship suppliers...

Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth Sets Sail From Piraeus, Greece

The Queen Elizabeth, one of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world, was in Piraeus Port in Greece on 8 August. Piraeus was the ship's starting point for a seven-day cruise that will end in Istanbul, Turkey.

Cruise Companies Opt For Heraklion, Crete

The promotional strategy followed by the Heraklion Port Authority is paying off as visitor numbers to the Cretan city this year showed a major increase - one that will continue in 2014.
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Major Cruise Companies “Eye” Heraklion For Home Porting

Four international cruise companies are currently in discussions with the Heraklion Port Authority to include the Cretan cruise destination as a homeport for their ships by 2015, according to the authority’s president and CEO, Yiannis Bras.

Heraklion Makes A Comeback As A Homeport This Summer

With Costa Cruises homeporting this summer in Heraklion (Crete), leading international cruise officials have expressed optimism in choosing the cruise destination as a homeport for non-European Union flag cruise ships now that the cabotage law has been lifted in Greece.

Cabotage Lifted But Profits From Cruises Will Be Delayed

Although the number of cruise tourists from stopovers at Greek ports last year increased considerably (6,155,609 against 5,719,259 in 2010), major profits expected from the recent lifting of cabotage restrictions for non-European Union flag cruise ships would take a while to...

Cruise Industry Says Goodbye To Greek Cabotage

“Cabotage is finally lifted,” the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) said last month after the Cabinet approved the bill that included the full lifting of cabotage restrictions for non-European Union flag cruise ships.

New Greek Cruise Ship Fees Unfair, GEPOET

If the increase of port charges are passed on to the consumer, cruise passengers would most likely cancel their bookings and prefer other locations because the Greek product will have become too expensive, according to the General Pan-Hellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises...

Greek Seamen Reject Cabotage Abolition

Lifting cabotage restrictions would mean the end of Greek-flagged cruise shipping and the funeral of Greek sailors, Antonis Dalakogiorgos, head of the Panhellenic Seamen's Federation (PNO), recently told the media.