The cruise market in Greece remained stable this summer despite the economic and political situation in the country, according to the Association of Cruise Ship Owners & Marine Agencies (EEKFN) in Greece. The association estimated that if current conditions prevailed, the market would remain stable and grow from 2016 summer onward.
EEKFN stressed in its analysis, that the start of 2015 summer season had not seen heavy losses. Significant ground had initially been forecast, in spite of the imposition of capital controls and political instability.
In order to extend cruise period in Greece beyond a few months and to develop industry, EEKFN pointed out that an appropriate port policy was required to ensure high levels of competitiveness with cruise ports in neighboring countries.
Simplified surveillance procedures of ships documents, a review of visas for travelers from non-Schengen countries, as well as less bureaucracy are also indicated as critical points. EEKFN expressed the need for stabilization of Greece situation to ensure the successful second half of current cruise season.