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Cruise Tourism in Greece Begins a New Era

Greece can play a leading role and become a hub for itineraries in the Eastern Mediterranean cruise industry, was the unanimous outlook expressed by all leading representatives of the international cruise industry who attended the recent cruise forum CRUISEinGREECE.

Asian Adventure From Athens

One of the first foreign-flag cruise ships to begin its itinerary from Athens, Azamara Quest, docked in Piraeus last month.

Fewer Ferry Routes and Higher Fares Affect Tourism

Fare increases in conjunction with route cuts had a negative impact on traffic to the Aegean and Ionian islands.

Alexandroupolis Harbor to be Privatized

Shipping giants Dubai Ports and Maersk Lines have expressed an interest for the Alexandroupolis harbor, which seems to be the next Greek port to be privatized after foreign investors took over the management of Greece's two biggest ports, Piraeus and Thessaloniki, in regards to...

Athens Tourism Before and After the Games

The Athens Tourism and Economic Development Company, in the context of the creation of a ‘tourism observatory’ for the City of Athens, conducted a study entitled ‘Registered Athens Tourism Study—from pre-Olympic to the post-Olympic period: The influence of the Olympic Games and...

Piraeus Port Improves Services

The Piraeus Port Authority has upgraded its website www.olp.gr with useful information for passengers. Information includes a map of the Piraeus streets, access points to the port and links to weather forecasts in Piraeus and the Aegean.

Piraeus Traffic in June

Despite the fare increase, passenger traffic from Piraeus port showed an increase in June against the same month last year.

August Exodus Smooth Sailing

The mass exodus of passengers in anticipation of the August fifteenth national holiday celebration reached its peak in early August as ferries departed from the ports of Piraeus and Lavrio at one hundred percent capacity.

New Exhibition Center for Piraeus

A 25-year term contract for the construction and management of the Piraeus port's new exhibition center in Palataki was recently signed.

Princess Cruises Selects Piraeus to Christen New Vessel

In order to promote its Mediterranean cruise program with its the new cruise vessel, Emerald Princess, the company's owner, California-based Princess Cruises, selected the port of Piraeus for the ship's christening.

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.

HATTA Takes Court Action Against Tour Guide Legislation

A recent meeting of the Hellenic Association of Tourism and Travel Agencies raised awareness over issues that concern illegal activity in the tourism sector and the problems that arise from the monopoly with tour guides.

MSC Cruises’ New Ship Visits Greek Waters

MSC Cruises' brand new ultra luxurious cruise ship, MSC Musica, called into Piraeus harbor as part of its European cruise itinerary for the 2006-2007 season.

Tourism Installations, Sea Park for Piraeus

A significant step to revamp the 640,000-square-meter seaside area in western Piraeus to include tourism installations and a sea park was taken last month during a meeting with the country's public works minister, Giorgos Souflias, the merchant marine inister, Manolis...

Government Responsible for Inadequate Ferry Routes

Tourism and shipping industry speakers said Greek passenger ferries and dozens of popular Aegean island ports must urgently improve if this Mediterranean country is to continue to see strong increases in tourism arrivals. At a recent press call to announce the conclusions of last...

Queen Mary 2 Docks in Piraeus

Queen Mary 2, considered the most magnificent ocean liner ever built, docked in Piraeus last month, which is one of the 18 ports of call on its maiden 'Round the World in Less than 80 Days' cruise.

Piraeus Theoxenia Holds Official Opening

The Piraeus Theoxenia Hotel, which opened in September 2006, is the new addition to the Theoxenia Palace Hotels luxury chain.

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...

Cruise Ships Request Anchorage at Faliriko Delta

The Association of Passenger Ship Owners recently requested the development of port infrastructure for cruise ships in the area between the Peace and Friendship Stadium and Faliriko Delta.

Seaplanes Get Green Light in Magnesia

The Ministry of Mercantile Marine, The Aegean and Island Policy recently granted permission for the operation of waterways for seaplane flights in Magnesia.