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Greek cruising to restart on 1 August

One of Europe’s favourite cruising destinations is back

Greece’s Tourism Minister has confirmed that the country will welcome back cruise travel from Saturday, 1 August. 



Minister Haris Theocharis said that cruise ships will be able to initially dock at the Greek ports of Piraeus, Rhodos, Iraklio, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo, and then travel to any other port on their itinerary. 


Mr Theocharis said rules could change based on the latest medical advice, and that the cruising sector would follow all European Union health and safety protocols, Greece’s Kathimerini media reported. 


The Minister added that travel agencies had recorded interest from tourists in countries such as US, Russia and Israel. 


“All cruise ships are welcome in Greece, in order to offer a unique experience to all their passengers,” the minister said in a letter to the International Cruise Line Association (CLIA) and three largest cruise operators in Greece (MSC Cruises, Costa and TUI Cruises). 


According to the Greek City Times, Theocharis also asked large cruise agencies to urge customers to travel to Greece outside of the summer season.


“The current season extends to the end of the year,” he stated.


Tourism employs around 700,000 people in Greece and accounts for roughly 20% of GDP. 


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 29 July 2020

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