Four Cruise Ship Owners May Homeport on Greek Island
Four European cruise companies – two from Germany, one from Spain and one from Italy – are examining the possibility of using the port of Iraklio for homeporting by 2015.
Ekthimerini cite a report that Yiannis Bras, chairman and chief executive of the Iraklio Port Authority, has told Kathimerini of the plans, adding that there have already been talks with the heads of the companies regarding the infrastructure and the services the Greek side can provide so an agreement can be reached.
In the first five months of the year, the number of cruise passengers calling at Crete’s biggest port has grown by almost 100 percent from the same period last year, amounting to 60,121.
Bras forecasts that the increase for the whole of the year will amount to 40 percent on an annual basis as Iraklio expects the arrival of 178 cruise ships with a capacity of 327,000 passengers.