Cruise operators eyeing Piraeus port upgrade

Greek port representatives and cruise operators presented ambitious and detailed plans to large and small cruise company representatives in dozens of one-to-one meetings at a global fair in Florida in the United States last week. What's more, this is in a year when cruise ship calls are set to drop 30 percent in Greece, along with a 10-15 percent drop in passengers.

Foreign company officials who spoke to Kathimerini expressed their optimism that the investments beginning in Piraeus can bring more ships and passengers to the islands of the Aegean and the Ionian, especially if Piraeus becomes the so-called"bridge" Cosco Group hopes to create to attracts more Chinese tourists to the Mediterranean.

The contacts were made during Seatrade Cruise Global 2017 at Fort Lauderdale, and the interest of major cruise operators such as Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruises and...

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