The Hellenic Ports Association (ELIME), following the practice of the last 10 years, publishes today the cruise statistics for the previous year 2019, as regards the number of arrivals of cruise liners and cruise passengers at 43 port destinations throughout our country. Thus, cruise arrivals for 2019 have risen significantly above our expectations. Cruise liners arrivals reached the 3,899 (from 3,410 in 2018), increase 14.34% and cruise passenger’s arrivals the 5,537,500 (from 4,788,642 in 2018), increase 15.64%. Based on the table information we send you, we also want to highlight the following: • Data provided by ELIME members (25 ports - cruise destinations that operate as Port Organizations or Port Municipality Funds). • The remaining details were provided by the relevant Port Authorities, which we thank for their immediate cooperation. • The top twenty cruise port destinations are kept the same, with some minor rearrangements. Piraeus Port continues to hold the top spot in destinations for the 10th consecutive year, marking a significant increase in homeporting / boarding (from 354,398 in 2018 to 410,512 in 2019, an increase of 15.83%). • Significant increase was also noted in the ports - destinations mainly in the ports of Santorini, Souda (Chania-Crete), Rhodes, Ag. Nicholas of Crete and Kefalonia-Ithaca.
One more newly built cruise ship "SKY PRINCESS" called at the port of Piraeus and welcomed by representatives of the PPA Management, who handed to the Cpt. Heikki Laakkonen an honorary plaque and books for the ship's library. “SKY PRINCESS”, the newest cruise ship in the world (October 2019), is 330 meters long, weighs 143,000 tons, has a capacity of 3,660 passengers and has the most modern and innovative facilities in technology and entertainment. According to statistics for the first nine months of 2019, the cruise sector of the port of Piraeus had an increase approximately of 14.6% compared to 2018 and homeporting (arrivals-departures from the Piraeus port), which has the greatest benefits for the national economy, has also increased by 18.2%. It is noted that considering the reservations for 2020 and 2021, the positive trend will continue for the Piraeus port. It is noteworthy that recently (July 2019) the port of Piraeus was awarded by the Mare Nostrum Awards (Medcruise) as the best cruise port for the Eastern Mediterranean region.
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