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Greek, Italian and Spanish ports are the favourite playing fields of the cruise lines


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From mini three-day cruises to long twelve-day trips, every format will be available in the Mediterranean. (Photo N.B.C)
From mini three-day cruises to long twelve-day trips, every format will be available in the Mediterranean. (Photo N.B.C)
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. The Carnival Sunshine is also operating in the Mediterranean with a twelve-day cruise departing from Venice.

The charm of the Italian ports still appeals to so many people. One in three passengers cruising the Mediterranean begins their cruise in Italy. Civitavecchia, Venice, Naples, Livorno, Savona and Genoa…these six ports alone welcomed 8.2 million cruise passengers in 2012. This year too they should enjoy a bumper year with just a small fly in the ointment. Following the sinking of the Costa Concordia, a decree now regulates the conditions for sea access to the bay of Portofino.

"Revitalisation is necessary"

Antoine Lacarrière, CEO of French cruise line Croisières de France (CDF), maintains the Horizon’s stopovers in Tangiers, Casablanca and Tunis in 2013. (Photo N.B.C)
Antoine Lacarrière, CEO of French cruise line Croisières de France (CDF), maintains the Horizon’s stopovers in Tangiers, Casablanca and Tunis in 2013. (Photo N.B.C)
Many cruise ships will converge on the Greek islands this year, offering cruises to suit all tastes and budgets. MSC Cruises, Costa Cruises, and Croisières de France will all be there.

Revitalisation is necessary and we have decided to extend the routes for our most seasoned customers. Between 20 and 30% of our customers are repeat customers”, explains CEO, Antoine Lacarrière. In 2013, in the wake of Louis Cruises, CDF is going to offer cruises to the Greek islands of eleven to fourteen nights, departing from Marseille on board the Horizon.

In another category, the Norwegian Jade of Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) will cast off from the city of the Doges for an eight-day cruise around the Cyclades just like the Royal Caribbean International (RCI) Splendour of the Seas. The L’Austral of Compagnie du Ponant is also aiming to exploit the marvels of the Aegean Sea, using Istanbul as its base.

Despite the fragility of the political situation, calls in Tunisia and Egypt have been confirmed. The Horizon will also put in at Tangiers, Casablanca and Tunis from April. “If there is the slightest doubt about safety, we will not go”, tempers Antoine Lacarrière, convinced of the development potential in Israel and Libya.


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Nathalie Bureau du Colombier, MARSEILLE


Wednesday, March 27th 2013



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