This is the first time that two cruise lines are calling Limassol their home port, making this a huge milestone for the company as well as Cyprus.
Royal Caribbean’s ‘Jewel of the Seas’ will be sailing from Limassol until late October of this year, carrying out seven-night cruises that will be calling at Piraeus, Rhodes, Crete, Mykonos and Santorini, while ‘Celestyal Olympia’ will be operating its new seven-night itinerary until late August, calling at Thessaloniki, Mykonos, Santorini, Ag. Nikolaos (Crete) and Rhodes.
Adhering to all the local and international cruise protocols, DP World Limassol safely welcomed the crew and passengers that boarded the vessels, ensuring that the personal protective measures and social distancing measures were strictly followed, at all times.
In statements, Nawaf Abdulla, CEO, DP World Limassol, pointed out that the decision of Royal Caribbean and Celestyal Cruises to choose the port of Limassol as their base this year, is a testament to the company’s and relevant ministries efforts to improve its competitiveness and turn it into a major home port in the Eastern Mediterranean.
“As operators of the Limassol Cruise Terminal, we are aware of our key role in the recovery of the country’s tourism sector. The sustainable development of the cruise industry and especially of homeporting, provides a significant transformative opportunity for Cyprus tourism and can bring multiple economic benefits to the country”, said Mr Abdulla, while underscoring the importance of synergies in the way forward, said Abdulla.