Cyprus Mail

Cruise arrivals expected to jump 40 per cent in 2019

The Queen Mary 2 at Limassol port

Four large cruise ships arrived at Limassol port in the past week, DP World said on Friday, adding that 93 in total were expected to berth there for the 2019 season, a 40 per cent increase on 2018.

On Thursday the Queen Mary 2, one of the largest cruise ships in the world and the Costa Victoria arrived. Viking Jupiter made its maiden call on April 1t and AIDAblu along with MSC Lirica, berthed on March 27 and 29 respectively.

This meant that over 7,000 passengers arrived in Limassol where the cruise ships berthed for one-day transit calls, DP said.

@Passengers had the opportunity to visit the city of Limassol while others chose to go on excursions in the surrounding areas and generating value to the local economy,” it added.

The General Manager of DP World Limassol, Charles Meaby said: “We are delighted to welcome the first cruise ships of several cruise liners anticipated to call at the port in the upcoming months.”

In addition, he said Salamis, through Salamis Filoxenia, would continue to serve as the home port for 2019 season”.

Some 93 cruise ships are expected at Limassol in 2019, marking an increase compared with last year.

“In 2018, a total of 68 arrivals were recorded at Limassol port, of which 36 were transit calls and 32 were home port calls. For 2019 we expect an overall increase of nearly 40 per cent with a total of 93 arrivals, of which 53 will be transit calls and 40 home port calls. Furthermore, the upward trend is expected to continue into 2020,” Meaby said.

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Source: Cyprus News Agency