Piraeus hosts maiden calls from two new cruise ships

Piraeus hosts maiden calls from two new cruise ships
Royal Caribbean International's Spectrum of the Seas berthed in Piraeus (Image: Piraeus Port Authority)

Royal Caribbean International’s Spectrum of the Seas and Ponant’s Le Bougainville have both made maiden calls to the port of Piraeus in Greece.

Launched in April 2019, the 4,246-passenger Spectrum of the Seas was welcomed by Piraeus Port Authority’s deputy CEO Weng Lin, who presented a commemorative plaque and books to her captain, Charles Sigmund Teige. Other executives from the port authority and representatives from cruise associations also attended the ceremony.

Le Bougainville, which also began service in April, made her inaugural visit as part of her first cruise to the Greek islands. The vessel’s captain, Remi Genevaz, was given an honourary plaque and books to mark the maiden call, which is the first of 23 this summer.

“Piraeus has the biggest cruise terminal in the Eastern Mediterranean and is a modern and safe port which can accommodate the biggest ships, providing quality services according to ISO international standards,” said Lin. “It should be noted that as it appears from the bookings for 2019, as well as the data from the first three months, there are positive prospects for Piraeus port, particularly the increase in homeporting, which is a strategic objective of the Piraeus Port Authority management.”

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Thursday, April 25, 2019