Greece ranks third among Mediterranean cruise destinations


Greece ranks among the top 3 cruise tourism destinations in the Mediterranean, according to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), welcoming 7 million passengers and hosting 5,230 cruise ship port calls in 2023.

According to, data from the Hellenic Ports Association (ELIME) show that Greek ports handled 7,003,150 passengers in 2023, up from 4,629,650 in 2022, and recorded 5,230 cruise ship port calls, an increase from 4,780 the previous year.

Speaking at the 28th Posidonia shipping exhibition in Athens, Maria Deligianni, CLIA regional director for the Eastern Mediterranean, confirmed Greece’s position as the third-leading cruise destination in the Mediterranean. However, she noted that Greek travelers have not yet embraced this form of holiday, with only 15,000 Greeks among the 31.7 million passengers.

Greece is taking actions to tap into the growing cruise tourism potential. Earlier this year, Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said that establishing and promoting the country’s largest port Piraeus as a home port was a top priority as it would contribute significantly to the national economy.

In 2023, the port of Piraeus set a new record, welcoming approximately 1.5 million cruise passengers, compared to 880,000 in 2022.





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