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More cruise ships sailing through COVID-19 for Greek ports | greece economy

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ATHENS – No one is ready to roll out the crazy, lazy days of summer just yet, but Greece is eagerly awaiting what could be a better-than-expected tourist season, especially on cruise ships shunned during the pandemic of COVID-19.

While they were called coronavirus superpropagators because people were so crowded together, a global vaccination campaign for richer countries sees the health crisis slowly being pushed back and people traveling.

This includes cruise ships, most of which line up to make Greece a key stopover, Tourism Minister Haris Theocharis said at the 66th meeting of the UNWTO (World Tourism Organization) Commission for the Europe, held in Athens from June 2-4. .

He said the number of scheduled cruises launched from Greek ports this year was “a record” and pointed the way for the country to become a major EU destination, especially with Chinese company COSCO modernizing the port. of Piraeus.

Some 20 cruise routes have been scheduled for Greece so far this summer, visiting a total of 45 ports across the country, with 15 launches from a Greek port, he said, with 45 ships also expected.

Previously, German cruise operator AIDA Cruises joined the queue of passenger ships arriving in Greece, scheduling 23 cruises including Rhodes, Crete, Heraklion, Katakolon (Olympia) and Piraeus. .

Corfu will serve as the home port for the embarkation and disembarkation of the vessel. Customers also have the option of booking a consecutive 14-day cruise, the Cruise Hive website said.

Passengers must undergo a mandatory pre-arrival PCR test, regular health checks, comprehensive AHA rules, medical attention including onboard testing capabilities and follow health requirements and restrictions.