Greek ports are expected to welcome more than five million cruise passengers this summer, breaking last year’s record, according to Greece’s Union of Cruise Shipowners and Associated Members.
The estimated number of incoming cruise ship travelers is set to exceed last year’s arrivals by 8-9 percent.
Specifically, the experts expect more than 5 million arrivals and 3,664 calls of port compared to 3,410 calls and 4,788 million arrivals in 2018, and 3,414 calls and 4,625 million arrivals in 2017.
It was only in 2016 that cruise passengers exceeded the 5-million mark, with 5,196 million visitors and 4,885 calls of port.
Piraeus Port is slated to welcome 643 calls and 1.1 million passengers compared to 524 calls and 961,000 arrivals last year, 576 calls and 1.05 million arrivals in 2017, and 625 calls and 1.09 million arrivals in 2016.
The second port with the highest traffic is that of Santorini, with an estimated 800,000 arrivals and 578 calls. Corfu in the Ionian is expected to see 735,000 arrivals this year.
Popular Mykonos will welcome 700,000 cruise passengers and Katakolo in the Peloponnese will see 421,000 arrivals.