More than 700 cruise liners will sail the Greek seas this year, Merchant Marine and Island Policy Minister Ioannis Plakiotakis said Thursday at an event at the port of Lavrio to mark the official launch of the itineraries of Celestyal Cruises with the liner Celestyal Olympia.
“Based on the available data, there will be more than 700 cruise ships in the Aegean Sea. More than 570 of them will be homeported in Greece, and the rest will be in transit,” the minister said.
“2022”, he added, “will be a year of financial expansion for the cruise sector, which will considerably strengthen local economies, at the same time contributing to increased tourist flows”.
He went on to say that his ministry and the Ministry of Tourism “have taken all necessary initiatives to ensure the smooth restart of the market, while promoting significant interventions in infrastructure works for cruise tourism and yachting in Greece”.
Plakiotakis further noted that “in a time of international crisis and restructuring, Greece constitutes a perfectly safe destination, an international destination with excellent climatic conditions and of course traditional Greek hospitality”.