The number of tourists visiting Limassol Cyprus on cruise vessels increased at an impressive rate during 2019. According to the cruise port operator (DP World Limassol), a total of 93 cruise ships made calls at Port Limassol in 2019 (40% increase in comparison with 2018), with the number of cruise tourists reaching ~125,000.
2018 saw nearly 57,000 travelers coming through Limassol, dropping from a total of 74,000 in 2017, official data revealed.
Welcoming the increase in cruise liners at Limassol and the number of travelers hopping off the vessels to spend time in Cyprus, Transport minister Yiannis Karousos, said that was the result of collective efforts of tourism stakeholders.
Karousos added DP World in cooperation with the Municipality of Limassol and the Deputy Ministry of Tourism had made a number of agreements to link the port of Limassol with ports in Israel and had participated in a variety of maritime tourism conferences building contacts with major travel agents.
According to the Minister, cruise tourism was primarily dependent on connectivity with other regional ports and with the wider security of the region.