Cruise ships at anchor in the Mediterranean
Tomorrow, the cruise market in the Mediterranean will overtake the Caribbean, which is currently number one. With increasing capacities and an increasing annual presence in the Mediterranean, ships from the main international companies are delighting in this playground, which offers huge room for growth in terms of cruises. Lire la suite
Marseille surfing the cruise ship wave in the Mediterranean
In two decades, Marseille has gone from a few thousand to one million cruise passengers. This success is due to the total synergy between port professionals, tourism and institutional investors, which are all involved with the Club de la Croisière Marseille-Provence (Marseille-Provence Cruise Club). Lire la suite
And Marseille became a cruise port...
Jacques Truau is the man who has revived cruises in Marseille. A liner Captain from Gascony, he finished his seafaring career at Paquet and then became a pilot boat captain.
Barcelona makes way for more cruises
SPAIN. Barcelona is still the cruise capital of the Mediterranean despite a decline in passenger numbers. New developments carried out this year should allow it to regain lost territory. Lire la suite
Genoa is expected to exceed one million cruise passengers in 2013
Homeport of MSC, Genoa takes advantage of the growing number of Mediterranean cruises. Lire la suite
Mediterraean ports invest in cruises
Barcelona, Genoa, Toulon, Marseille…The battle of the cruises is being won on land in the great ports of the Mediterranean that are continuing to develop new platforms and large marine terminals. Today's investments will make all the difference tomorrow. Panorama of the sites in the Mediterranean. Lire la suite
Mediterranean cruises – an historic winning bet
From the 22nd January to the 22nd March 1891, 241 passengers sailed on board the Augusta Victoria in the Mediterranean. They are considered to be the first ever cruise passengers. Lire la suite
Greek, Italian and Spanish ports are the favourite playing fields of the cruise lines
The western Mediterranean ports of call, starting with Barcelona, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands, confirm their success. Disney Cruise Line is targeting Spain in 2013. The Disney Magic will set sail from Barcelona for a four-day cruise. Lire la suite
And Marseille became a cruise port...
Jacques Truau is the man who has revived cruises in Marseille. A liner Captain from Gascony, he finished his seafaring career at Paquet and then became a pilot boat captain. Lire la suite
"The cruise ship is becoming the very object of desire"
Econostrum.info: How big is the Mediterranean cruise market in relation to other tourism markets (seaside, cultural, etc.)? Etienne Pauchant: It is very small. We are talking around 5 million cruise passenger arrivals in Europe each year out of a total of 300 million arrivals. Lire la suite
Red carpet rolled out in Piraeus for large cruise ships
GREECE. Stavros Hatzakos, Président of the OLP (Piraeus Port Authority), is expanding the Port of Piraeus in order to accommodate more cruise ships.
He is also president of the MedCruise association which brings together the Mediterranean cruise ports. Lire la suite
"Reservations are increasingly made at the last minute"
A specialist in cruise sales in Monaco, Pierre-Yves Canton, CEO of Cruise'nFly, gives his opinion on the market. Lire la suite
Tunis looks to regain its 900,000 cruise passengers
TUNISIA. Tunisia hopes to attract as many cruise passengers in 2013 as in 2012 and eventually to regain the 900,000 passengers that visited the destination in 2010. Recent activity has been promising, but is still suffering from uncertainty over national security. Lire la suite
"Political instability in the Mediterranean limits creativity"
econostrum.info : What are the most popular routes for your passengers in the Mediterranean? Georges Azouze : French cruise passengers in general love the Mediterranean. More than 70% of them feel this way. The favourite routes are oriented towards Italy, Sicily, Malta, Greece and the Greek... Lire la suite