Greece will see more cruise ship arrivals at ports this year, says ELIME

Port of Piraeus. Photo source: ELIME

More cruise ship arrivals in Greek ports are expected this year compared to 2019, the Hellenic Association of Ports (ELIME) announcement at the Seatrade Cruise Global 2022 industry event held in Miami.

Quoting reservations data, ELIME Executive director Dimitris Iatridis said cruise ship arrivals at Greek ports in 2022 are expected to increase by 25%

Iatridis, who met with cruise industry stakeholders on the sidelines of the annual event, said the dynamic cruise for Greece was reflected in the number of port calls planned for 2022 and in the performance of the tourism segment in the first four months of the year.

As an indication, the port of Piraeus expected to accommodate 750 cruise ships this yearincluding arrivals of new arrivals Virgin Cruises and the ultra-luxury Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.

The Piraeus Port Authority (PPA), which also participated in the Seatrade Cruise Global 2022 exhibition, has taken steps to promote cruise travel in Greece. The port authorities of Thessaloniki, Corfu and the Central Macedonia region also participated in the Seatrade event with the support of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO).

The PPA has confirmed that of the expected arrival of 750 cruise ships this year, 66% will be homeporting out of Piraeus.

CLIA gives outlook for world cruise

During the show, President and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Kelly Craighead said that “passenger volume is expected to recover and exceed 2019 levels by the end of 2023with passenger volumes expected to recover 12% above pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2026”.

“Cruising is accessible, responsible and experiential – making it the best way to see the world for people of all ages and interests. With the support of an incredibly resilient community, the future of the cruise industry cruises is promising,” she added.

“The cruise industry is back,” said Kelly Craighead, President and CEO of CLIA, during Seatrade Cruise Global. image source: @CLIA

Key takeaways showcased by CLIA at Seatrade Cruise Global:

– cruise intent rebounds, with 63% of travelers or potential travelers indicating they are “very likely” or “likely” to take a cruise in the next two years

– 69% of respondents who have never been on a cruise said they were open to cruising, exceeding pre-pandemic levels

– Gen Y cruisers are the most excited about taking another cruise, with 87% saying they will cruise in the next few years, followed by Gen Xers at 85%.

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