Cruise ports in the Mediterranean last week celebrated the inauguration of two new cruise ship terminals, confirming long-term commitment to offering quality infrastructure and achieving sustainable growth of region's cruise activities.
Heraklion celebrated the opening of its upgraded cruise terminal with Aris Batsoulis, MedCruise Senior Vice President, and Thanos Pallis, MedCruise Secretary General, joining Apollon Fillppis, Port Heraklion Authority President & CEO, at the ceremony.
The cruise terminal, which already received first home-porting activities, has a permanent tent construction which covers 1.125 m2 and provides all the required equipment and services for transit and turnaround calls. The port is now ready to achieve further visits, with the investment expected to provide a significant boost to cruise activities.
Heraklion Port Authority has been a MedCruise member since 2010. In 2016 it welcomed 239.000 cruise passengers.
Port of Lisbon inaugurated the brand new Lisbon Cruise Terminal with Airam Diaz Pastor, MedCruise President, joining Ana Lourenco and Ricardo Medeiros, Lisbon Port Authority Board representatives, at the ceremony.
Constructed and operated by Global Ports Holding, following an EUR 24 million investment and a 2-year construction process, the terminal is a major element of recent development in Port of Lisbon, which received the ‘Best City’ award in 2017 Wallpaper Magazine Design Awards. The new terminal won ‘Best Rehabilitation Urban project’ at 2017 SIL Portuguese Real Estate Fair.