Cruises in the Mediterranean

Marseille surfing the cruise ship wave in the Mediterranean - 03/27/2013 - Frédéric Dubessy

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).

"Political instability in the Mediterranean limits creativity" - 03/27/2013 - Nathalie Bureau du Colombier, MARSEILLE

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 Islands, Turkey and Israel....

Tunis looks to regain its 900,000 cruise passengers - 03/27/2013 - Nadia Chahed, TUNIS

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.

"Reservations are increasingly made at the last minute" - 03/27/2013 - Christiane Navas

A specialist in cruise sales in Monaco, Pierre-Yves Canton, CEO of Cruise'nFly, gives his opinion on the market.

Red carpet rolled out in Piraeus for large cruise ships - 03/27/2013 - Interview by Thomas Iaccobi, ATHENES

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.

And Marseille became a cruise port... - 03/27/2013 - Interview by Frédéric Dubessy

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. He has been posted at the CCI Marseille-Provence for the past 25 years and founded the “Club de la Croisière Marseille-Provence”, which he chairs.

Mediterranean cruises – an historic winning bet  - 03/27/2013 - Frédéric Dubessy

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. The ship’s owner (Hamburg America Line - HAPAG) wanted to make its transatlantic liner profitable in the off-season. However, it would not be...

Greek, Italian and Spanish ports are the favourite playing fields of the cruise lines - 03/27/2013 - Nathalie Bureau du Colombier, MARSEILLE

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...
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