Limassol (Cyprus Greece)

Cruise Port schedule, live map, terminals, news

Limassol cruise port

Mediterranean - Black Sea

Local Time
2022-08-18 23:22

min: 71 °F (21 °C) / max: 88 °F (31 °C) 78°F
Wind: 304°/ 1 m/s  Gust: 1.1 m/sWind: 304°/ 1 m/s  Gust: 1.1 m/sVery Light
1 m/s
Min / Max Temperature88 °F / 31 °C
71 °F / 22 °C
  Port Map

Limassol is Cyprus' principal (largest) seaport, located on Akrotiri Bay, between Pahos and Larnaca. The port handles over 90% of all visiting Cyprus Island cruise ship tourists. Port's cruising season runs February through December. Greek is the official language, English and Turkish are widely spoken. Next photo is of the Old Port (Limassol Marina).

Old Port Limassol Marina

The 1956-opened Limassol Old Port was used as the island's principal seaport until 1973. Currently, it is used by leisure boats, yachts, fishing boats and coast guard vessels. In 2010, the Old Port was officially closed and renamed "Limassol Marina".

The original Greek name of Limassol is Lemesos. The country's capital city is Nicosia (aka Lefkosia). The city is located less than 30 min drive from the archaeological sites Limassol Castle (near the city's old harbor), Kourion (Curium, ancient city-state) and Kolossi Castle (former Crusader fortress). From Limassol depart popular mountain tours.

The city is approx 50 km / 30 mi  (1-hour drive) from the UNESCO site Paphos Archaeological Park - well-known worldwide for its ancient ruins. The most significant are the Roman villas, the houses of Dionysos, Orpheus, Aion and Theseus (all with perfectly preserved mosaic floors), the necropolis (Tombs of the Kings), the amphitheater.

Port Limassol

Lemesos port's construction (1971-1973) started with the turning basin which has radius 500 m (1640 ft) and draft 12 m (39 ft). The port has 2 quays (total length 880 m / 2887 ft) - north quay (430 m) and western quay (450 m) with max draft 11 m (36 ft). The port has a covered storage facility (Warehouse 2, sized 6080 m2) and a gantry rail crane (Luffing Crane, max lifting power 35 tons) on the western quay,

Lemesos Port (Limassol) started operations in 1974, following the Famagusta Port's occupation by Turkey. Famagusta used to handle around 83% of the island's total cargo. Port Lemesos provides vessel services, cargo loading / unloading and also serves Cyprus' passenger shipping traffic. Port's water area is sized 1 km2, and its land area is 1,3 km2.

Port's expansion (1980-1982) added the eastern quay (length 480 m, draft 11 m). In 1984 here were installed 2 Panamax gantry cranes serving container ships. Later was extended the western quay (to the south) to provide service to ferries (Ro-Pax ships). Then was built the southern quay (length 300 m) and all other marine areas were dredged to max draft 14 m (46 ft).

The port has 5 mooring posts and dolphins for vessels with max draft 10,5 m requiring mooring for repairs, decommissioning or impounding. Currently, the total length of a  quays is 2070 m (6790 ft):.

  • Northern quay has length 430 m, max draft 11 m
  • Western quay has length 770 m (450 + 320), max draft (13-16 m) has a 50 m ramp serving Ro-Pax ships
  • Eastern quay has length 480 m, max draft 11 m
  • Southern quay has length 300 m, max draft 16 m
  • The port has all 5 covered warehouses (total area 39760 m2) - Warehouse 1 (7200 m2), Warehouse 2 (6080 m2), Warehouse 3 (10000 m2), Warehouse 4 (10080 m2) and Warehouse 5 (6400 m2).
  • Part of Warehouse 2 is assigned to the UK Navy (serving their cargo traffic) while the remainder (Republic Bonded Warehouse) serves Customs and Excise Department.
  • The port has open storage cargo spaces  (157000 m2), stacking areas for TEUs / containers (344400 m2), 299 power supply points (for reefers / refrigerated containers), as well as Customs Office, Workshop (shiprepairs), Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Offices.
  • A dedicated passenger terminal serves ferry and cruise passengers. It was opened in 2015 and covers a total area of 6800 m2.
  • Port's Oil and Gas logistics zone has a 430 m (1410 ft) long berth and is currently supports ENI (Total)’s and Exxon Mobile's Cyprus offshore drilling projects.

In April 2016, DP World Limassol (part of the Dubai-based corporation DP World) was awarded a 25-year terminal concession (until 2041) to operate the container terminal exclusively. DP World's subsidiary P&O Maritime was additionally awarded a 15-year port concession (till 2031) to provide full-range marine services exclusively. The list of DP World-managed activities comprises 3 multi-purpose quays (serving break-bulk, general cargo and Ro-Pax ships (ferries and cruise vessels), also oil and gas tankers) plus the new passenger terminal.

The 2017-opened DP World Limassol cruise terminal (sized 6970 m2 / 75000 ft2) has a large dock (East Berth) with length 480 m (1575 ft) and depth 11 m (336 ft) which allows berthing for the world's biggest passenger ships.

In 2019, Port Limassol handled a total of 93 cruise ship calls (40% increase over 2018) and ~125,000 tourists. In 2018, the cruise port received nearly 57,000 travelers, in 2017 - around 74,000.

Following the Coronavirus crisis, in 2022 the cruise port had booked 150+ ship calls with estimated ~160,000 passengers.

In November 2021, the Cyprus' Shipping Ministry launched an attempt for a 3-year ferry contract valued at EUR 33 million (USD35,6M) with annual state aid of EUR 5,5M. In December 2021, Israel expressed interest to join the proposed Greece-Cyprus ferry route by adding an Israeli port to the itinerary.

After a 22-year hiatus, on June 19, 2022, from Limassol was restarted the Cyprus-Greece ferry route linking directly to Piraeus-Athens. The summer-only service is provided by MS Daleela (1991-built car and passenger ship/IMO 9001306, owned by Scandro Holding, max capacity 400 passengers) with crossing duration/travel time ~30 hours. The ferryboat departs out of Limassol to Piraeus on Wednesdays and Sundays, while departures from Piraeus to Limassol are on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Limassol cruise terminal

Port Limmasol cruise terminal is located approx 70 km (43 mi) from two international airports - Larnaca  and Paphos.

Cruise ships dock at Limassol New Port, located approx 5 km (3 mi) from downtown (direction north). The new port serves both passenger (cruise and ferries) and cargo vessels. Usually, the cruise company provides free shuttle bus service. There is a taxi rank at terminal. Know that driving in Cyprus is on the left side of the roads!

The cruise terminal building (sized 3500+ m2 / 37700 ft2) offers as facilities public phones, currency exchange, ATMs, tourist information, duty-free shop.

Port Limassol cruise terminal

In July 2017, DP World (Dubai) opened the new DP World Limassol cruise terminal. The facility is sized 6970 m2 (75000 ft2) and is corporation's 3rd cruise passenger terminal worldwide (following projects in Argentina and UAE). Terminal's East Berth has length 480 m (1575 ft) and depth 11 m (336 ft) allowing docking for world's biggest cruise liners.

  • DP World's decision to built the facility was based on the fact that Limassol is strategically positioned to become a first cruise port of call for vessels exiting Suez Canal (on its Mediterranean / northern side). Port's attractiveness is also strengthened by easy access to two international airports.
  • DP World was granted 25-year concession rights (until year 2042) to operate the new cruise ship terminal. The privatization agreement was signed in 2016. Terminal's handover was finished in February 2017.

Limassol tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

  • Amathus Archaeological Site: 11 km from Limmassol cruise port, direction East. Here, you can visit major attractions including the Tombs and the Temple of Aphrodite.
  • Kolossi Castle: it dates from 14th century. The castle is located in Kolossi village. It is 14 km from Limmasol cruise port, direction West.
  • Kourion: located in Episkopi, 18 km from Limassol cruise port, direction West. It is major ancient attraction because it was the major Kingdom of Cyprus ancient city.
  • Limassol Zoo: the only Cyprus zoo. You can see panthers, monkeys, lions, zebras, peacocks, tigers, macaws, emu, ostriches, falcons, bears, vultures and more. There is a special area for kids.
  • Limassol beaches: they are amazing. Limassol has the longest coat line with plenty of beaches for everyone. Visit some of the most popular including Lady’s Mile, Governor’s Beach, Kourion Beach (Chris Blue), Pissouri Beach and Flo Cafe Beach Cove.
  • Castle of Limassol: it dates from 1228 and is an ancient Byzantine castle where King Richard married his Queen Berengaria. Curently it houses the Medieval Museum of Cyprus.

Port Limassol cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Limassol, Cyprus Greece. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

5 August, 2022
MSC Cruises Cruises cruise lineMSC Lirica07:0016:00
6 August, 2022
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineRhapsody Of The Seas08:0017:00
8 August, 2022
Small Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineCrown Iris08:0017:00
12 August, 2022
MSC Cruises Cruises cruise lineMSC Lirica07:0016:00
13 August, 2022
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineRhapsody Of The Seas08:0017:00
15 August, 2022
Small Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineCrown Iris10:0018:00
19 August, 2022
MSC Cruises Cruises cruise lineMSC Lirica07:0016:00
19 August, 2022
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineRhapsody Of The Seas08:0017:00
20 August, 2022
Small Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineCrown Iris10:0018:00
25 August, 2022
Small Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineCrown Iris10:0018:00
26 August, 2022
MSC Cruises Cruises cruise lineMSC Lirica07:0016:00
26 August, 2022
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineRhapsody Of The Seas08:0017:00
30 August, 2022
Small Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineCrown Iris10:0018:00

Limassol - user reviews and comments

Your personal data will be processed and information from your device (cookies, unique identifiers, and other device data) may be stored by, accessed by and shared with third party vendors, or used specifically by this site or app. Some vendors may process your personal data on the basis of legitimate interest, which you can object to by managing your options below. Look for a link at the bottom of this page or in our privacy policy where you can withdraw consent.