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Greek Cruise Ship Sector Shows Signs Of Recovery

Greek cruise ship sector shows signs of recovery

Piraeus, Greece (PortSEurope) January 25, 2022 – The Covid-19 coronavirus crisis placed more of the global cruise ship industry in the “deep freeze” but the industry has restarted and passenger numbers are increasing. This was the experience in Greece. Every year, the Hellenic Ports Association (ELIME) publishes a report on the sector, and the 2021 report shows the start of a recovery. In 2021, the
total number of cruise ship arrivals in Greek ports was 1,957 and the number of passengers reached 1,316,662. Respectively, the percentage increases on 2020 are 732% and 1,750%. Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) has yet to add Q4 2021 figures. When added, the predicted numbers are over 2,000 cruise ships and 1.4 million passengers. However, 2019 was a record year for Greek tourism, and the 2021 traffic on cruise ships was 49.2% and passengers 23.7% of 2019’s levels. Piraeus, Mykonos, Corfu, Rhodes, Santorini, Katakolo and Heraklion are in the first place in the number of cruise ships. The number of passengers is led by Corfu, Piraeus, Mykonos, Rhodes, Katakolo, Heraklion and Santorini. The sector is optimistic about 2022. Bookings are up and the tourism season could be extended. Increased home porting in Greek ports by cruise ship companies will also help the industry. 202120212020202020192019RankingPortShip ArrivalsPassenger ArrivalsShip ArrivalsPassenger ArrivalsShip ArrivalsPassenger Arrivals1Piraeus2722020.0127616.646221.098.0912Corfu200234.6991310.448420767.6733Mykonos252201.8211791450787.4904Rhodes195130.516148.334258308.1945Katakolo126123.509107.589199413.716Source: ELIME Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2022.

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