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Thessaloniki is an Aegean Sea cruise port and among Greece's biggest cities, with population around 325,000 (metro over 1 million). It is also the commercial centre and main seaport of Greek Macedonia.
The city is Greece's second major political, industrial, commercial and economic center, as well as an important transportation hub in southeastern Europe. Port Thessaloniki is of great importance for Greece and southeastern Europe. The city is renowned for its cultural events and festivals, and is considered the country's cultural capital. Annual events held here are International Trade Fair, Song Festival and International Film Festival.
Thessaloniki is a very popular tourist travel destination. The downtown is considered the most popular Greek destination for street photography. Many fine examples of Byzantine art have survived here, particularly the mosaics in St George Church and Hagia Sophia Basilica. Other best-known tourist attractions are the old town's walls and the archaeological museum displaying pieces from all over Macedonia.
Thessaloniki has a history dating back to the 4th century BC. It was created upon a settlement famous as Therme by General Kassander, who named the town after Thessaloniki - his wife and sister of Alexander III of Macedon (aka Alexander the Great). During the 2nd century AD, under Roman rule, the town prospered after a highway was constructed to connect it to Asia Minor.
Since 2018, during summer months (May through September) the Northern Aegean islands Sporades are linked with Thessaloniki via ferries run by Golden Star Ferries and Seajets. The new Thessaloniki-Sporades route was inaugurated on June 15, 2018, and served with 2 new ships. Ferries depart from Thessaloniki daily (at 10 am) and return at 7:15 pm. One-way ferry tickets cost EUR 60 (USD 70) per person. Roundtrip ticketscost EUR108 pp.
The Seajets ferry service was inaugurated on June 30, 2018. Seajets ferry Aqua Blue (capacity 1300 passengerss and 400 cars) connects Thessalonki-Skiathos-Andros-Syros-Tinos-Mykonos-Paros-Naxos-Santorini-Crete (Heraklion) twice per week, with departures every Tuesday and Friday. Ferry travel time is 18-19 hours.
Thessaloniki cruise terminal
As cruise port, Thessaloniki can handle vessels with max LOA length 300 m (985 ft). For cruise liners, Thessaloniki doesn't serve homeporting/roundtrip operations but is visited as call port on Eastern Mediterranean itineraries that also visit Greek and Turkish ports in the Aegean Sea.
The downtown is approx 0,5 km from the cruise ship berth. Port Authority's future plans include upgrading berth's infrastructure (to allow berthing of bigger-sized liners) and eventually building a dedicated passenger terminal dockside.
In 2019, the city completed a large reconstruction project related to its waterfront area, which now features a 5 km (3 mi) esplanade with walkways and bicycle lanes. The new waterfront promenade links the seaport with nature parks, outdoor theaters, nightclubs, bars, restaurants, cafes and other tourism-related facilities.
Port Thessaloniki 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 Thessaloniki, Greece. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|18 June, 2020|
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