Cruiseline & Ports


During the fourth quarter of 2021, there were 34 cruise liner calls in Malta. Transit passengers accounted for the absolute majority of total traffic, reaching 42,166 passengers. On average, every vessel that berthed in Malta carried 1,323 passengers. EU nationals comprised the largest share of total cruise passengers during the period under review, at 82.3 […]


Egypt announced Tuesday an increase for transit fees related to key global maritime route Suez Canal amid a cash squeeze, with price hikes reaching 10%. The Suez Canal Authority said on its website the increases were “in line with the significant growth in global trade” and cited the canal’s “development and enhancement of the transit […]

Mediterranean ObserverNovember 15, 2021

Turkey’s Aegean resort town of Kuşadası welcomed two more cruise ships on Saturday, with dockings gaining pace as the tourism industry claws back from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Norway-flagged Viking Sea and Viking Venus docked at Ege Port, known for hosting the highest number of cruisers annually, and brought in around 1,200 passengers. […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 16, 2021

Royal Caribbean International has announced that the world’s largest cruise ship, Wonder of the Seas, will sail in the Mediterranean next summer. The new mega-ship will sail from its home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to the Caribbean on March 4, 2022, before heading to Barcelona and Rome in May for the summer season. The cruise […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 2, 2021

Greek tourism recovered significantly in the summer of 2021 but risks still remain, such the worsening of the Covid-19 epidemiological data and the future negative effects of the recent wildfires, according to Alpha Bank. In a recent economic bulletin, the bank’s analysts referred to positive data on this summer’s international arrivals and receipts, hotel occupancy, […]


The European Commission has approved a Greek scheme with an estimated budget of up to 500 million euros to support the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. “Many companies in Greece have seen their revenues significantly decline because of the coronavirus outbreak and of the measures necessary to limit its […]


Beaches along Croatia’s Adriatic Sea coastline are swarming with people. Guided tours are fully booked, restaurants are packed and sailboats were chartered well in advance. Summer tourism has exceeded even the most optimistic expectations in Croatia this year. Once fearful that the coronavirus pandemic would discourage people from traveling, Croatia´s tourism industry was caught by […]


Monaco is known for being an eco-friendly luxury destination as luxury and sustainability have a lot in common. Forward-thinking, the Principality is committed to protecting the environment and continuously works to engage all of its partners in promoting responsible tourism. While Monaco continues to fascinate and entertain at the same time, it also strives to […]


New DestiMED PLUS report reviews the impacts of tourism on the socio-economic situation in six Mediterranean countries (Albania, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy and Spain) where the project pilot actions of the Interreg MED Programme project are located. The data analysis compared the socio-economic situation at the country level with the socio-economic situation of the tourism […]


Tourist demand for the South Aegean islands is robust but vigilance is required in view of Covid-19 developments, said South Aegean Region Governor George Hatzimarkos after a meeting with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Wednesday. Hatzimarkos briefed the PM on tourism flows to the region’s islands, which include popular destinations like Rhodes, Kos, Santorini, Mykonos […]

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