Cruise ship itinerary changes due to 48-hour general strike at all major ports in Greece

   November 9, 2021 ,   Accidents

A number of cruise liners had to adjust their itineraries after PNO-Panhellenic Maritime Federation announced a 48-hour general strike beginning on Wednesday, November 10.

The port workers' strike will put all major seaports in Greece on hold suspending cruise shipping and ferry services.

It will affect the current itinerary of Costa Cruises' ship Costa Deliziosa, which already canceled a scheduled arrival in Piraeus-Athens replacing it with Dubrovnik Croatia.

RSSC-Regent's ship Seven Seas Splendor canceled scheduled arrivals in the islands Rhodes and Santorini and is expected to dock in Piraeus after midnight. The boat will stay overnight for two days (during the strike) and modify the next scheduled voyage accordingly.

NCL's Norwegian Epic is arriving in Piraeus after midnight and is expected to remain until Friday morning, November 12. The ship is due to visit the islands VolosMykonos and Patmos instead of Kusadasi-Ephesus and Istanbul (Galataport).

Other passenger ships operating in Greece are due to adjust their itineraries since their programs have not been finalized.

Port of Piraeus (Athens, Greece)

Panhellenic Maritime Federation announced it will hold a 48-hour nationwide strike starting at 6 am (UTC 4 am) on November 10 until 6 am (4 am UTC) on November 12. According to the union leaders, their employers ignored "the actual fact that for two years, from 2019, the seafarers' salaries remain the same despite the continuous increase in basic commodities when they received great financial support from the Greek government and the traffic of the ships has clearly increased."