Cruiseline & Ports


Direct flights all through this month Lufthansa has completed the first of 12 chartered flights between Newark USA and Malta to ferry cruise passengers. The non-stop flight was operated on Saturday, bringing the mostly American passengers to Malta to board a Viking Cruises ship in Grand Harbour. The flights will be operated three times a […]


Royal Caribbean Cruises can start marketing summer 2021 sailings from Cyprus to British customers, thanks to the lifting of a ban on international cruises. Jewel of the Seas (pictured) has been based in Limassol and sailing around the Greek islands since early July, with vaccinated passengers from countries such as Cyprus, Israel and the US. […]


The Region of Crete continues to invite travelers to “sense” the island’s authenticity during all seasons through an ongoing tourism campaign running on international websites and social media. Under the slogan “Crete, Sense the Authentic”, the campaign aims to promote the authentic experiences the island offers during all seasons to visitors from Europe and other […]


Greek infectious disease expert, Haralambos Gogos, on Thursday said a few more Greek islands are reaching ‘red’ coronavirus (Covid-19) status due to a rise in cases. Referring to a “rising problem” while speaking to SKAI TV, Gogos informed that the islands of Paros and Tinos are following in the footsteps of Ios and are showing […]


In 2020, the total number of inbound and domestic tourists who visited the Gozo and Comino region amounted to 388,213, statistics issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) show. “Domestic tourists accounted for 89.8% of total tourism demand within this region.” In terms of the Malta region, the total number of inbound and domestic tourists […]


MSC Cruises has taken delivery of first Seaside EVO vessel MSC Seashore ahead of its maiden sailing next month. The line’s executive chairman Piefrancesco Vago attended the ceremony at Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, alongside the shipbuilding company’s chairman Giampiero Massolo and chief executive Giuseppe Bono. A container holding the water that first touched the […]


Greek tourism numbers are moving higher than expected, according to the chief economic advisor of the Greek Prime Minister, Alex Patelis. Speaking recently on Bloomberg TV, Patelis said that the government’s initial target was for this year’s tourist arrivals to be double of the amount recorded in 2020 and half of 2019 levels. “However, we […]


Venice avoided being named a world heritage site in danger by UNESCO Thursday, just weeks after Italy moved to ban large cruise ships from sailing into the city centre. The city has been on UNESCO’s heritage list since 1987, but the UN body warned last month of the need for “more sustainable tourism management”, recommending […]


Dr. Atef Abdel Latif, Chairman of the Travelers Association for Travel and Tourism, Egypt, said that “Yacht Tourism is one of the most important tourism sectors that attract high spending tourism, as Egypt has many tourist resorts that can implement very attractive yacht tourism programs, and we can connect several Egyptian tourist resorts in one […]


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments to take action to address the high cost of COVID-19 tests in many jurisdictions and urged flexibility in permitting the use of cost-effective antigen tests as an alternative to more expensive PCR tests. IATA also recommended governments adopt recent World Health Organization (WHO) guidance to consider […]

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