Celestyal Cruises continues to maintain a “dynamic presence in the Greek cruise industry and retains a high number of its passengers, despite the difficulties of last year,” according to company announcements at a press conference in December.
Kyriakos Anastasiadis, CEO of Celestyal Cruises and newly elected president of CLIA Europe, presented the company’s ongoing developments, goals and vision for a stronger international presence, and shared his own insight on the future of European cruising and the difficulties that the industry is expected to face in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
During the press conference, Pythagoras Nagos, vice-president sales, made “a reference to the crisis resistance that international markets and especially the Greek market demonstrated this year.”
For example, there was a 48% increase in Greek passengers, 20% increase in Turkish passengers, as well as in individual tourists from the US and Canada. Furthermore, the number of Greek port approaches increased to 821 visits, offering a significant contribution to local communities, especially on the islands of Samos and Kos, which have experienced a significant decrease in tourist arrivals. Nagos noted that in 2016, Celestyal Cruises hosted 117,000 passengers and made 660,000 total visits to various Greek destinations.
He also referred to the fourth year of operation in Cuba, where there’s an expected 63% increase in groups and 39,000 total passengers.