Yiannis Tsigenis

As disclosed in the recent General Assembly of Greek Ports Association (ELIME) in late January 2021, the Port of Heraklion reached in 2020 rank #1 among all Greek ports in terms of cruise passengers volume.

Heraklion welcomed in 2020, during the pandemic, 19.998 cruise passengers (visiting Heraklion in 24 cruise ships calls), which reflect approx 30% of cruise passengers, that visited Greek ports in 2020.

Heraklion' 2020 cruise passengers figure is definitely not representative for the true potential of Heraklion as port of call (lacking 287.000 passengers compared with 2019 passenger volume), however, it proves that during the pandemic Heraklion retained a significant share of cruise passengers compared with other Greek ports.

Heraklion, being one of the most important cruise destination ports in Greece, played in autumn 2020 a crucial role in the cruise resumption in the Mediterranean, both as home as well as transit port, as fact that has been widely acknowledged by the cruise community.

 

  2020 2019   2018   2017   2016   2015  
α/α PORTS CALLS PAX CALLS PAX CALLS PAX CALLS PAX CALLS PAX CALLS PAX
1 HERAKLION 24 19998 204 307043 187 297929 131 181693 165 238780 170 219805
2 PIRAEUS 76 16640 622 1098091 524 961632 576 1055559 625 1094135 621 980149
3 CORFU 13 10448 420 767673 413 735832 410 679681 481 748916 407 647347
4 RHODES 14 8334 258 308194 210 237808 248 274903 299 314689 340 342063
5 KATAKOLO 10 7589 199 413716 221 468046 271 567047 274 505111 242 459882
6 MYKONOS 17 914 550 787490 484 702256 501 699304 596 722517 600 649914
7 KEFALLONIA-ITHAKI 1 617 133 259261 90 144074 50 61598 77 85463 112 149227
8 PATMOS 6 468 156 112721 124 103126 136 110878 147 91785 192 124476
9 SYROS 8 323 82 26748 80 18071 75 24543 90 26403 53 21986
10 PAROS 3 255 27 4871 17 2476 16 3916 23 3127 25 3679
11 SKOPELOS 2 250 5 1139 5 2192 3 1038 8 755 8 735
12 ITEA 3 162 45 5168 35 3628 74 14423 92 14848 83 17851
13 SANTORINI 3 131 592 980771 474 749286 406 620570 572 783893 636 791927
14 SYMI 2 106 22 9386 17 6669 10 5580 30 14206 36 16728
15 CHANIA (SOUDA)
10 105 132 265956 78 139944 84 128067 86 147915 59 96612
16 ZAKYNTHOS 2 105 20 17226 17 14284 17 13104 29 25175 8 5742
17 IGOUMENITSA 1 102 5 1053 14 12650 8 9088 7 7623 6 3090
18 SKIATHOS 2 72 8 1716 8 8119 6 3111 18 6232 23 8220
19 VOLOS 2 70 22 12574 27 31336 9 7618 46 37445 57 67096
20 KOS 1 60 19 5150 10 4153 16 6451 41 19222 41 18277
21 KAVALA 1 45 7 2699 5 1954 6 3226 19 6042 22 12783
22 THESSALONIKI 1 28 6 4865 5 1502 4 2424 23 18876 35 26356
23 LIMNOS 1 26 8 2035 2 346 2 381 14 4072 41 15787
24 NAXOS 1 26 16 1293 22 3459 16 4236 27 2470 23 4738
25 NAFPLIO 0 0 88 34704 75 57894 86 29689 94 51551 62 46075
26 AGIOS NIKOLAOS
0 0 37 32500 24 13616 43 28972 49 26560 52 37762
27 MILOS 0 0 38 23641 27 16667 23 9222 32 14735 28 15394
28 MONEMVASIA 0 0 55 10107 43 9154 39 7742 44 12904 38 10391
29 SAMOS 0 0 42 9674 96 14737 39 10008 51 43659 19 10893
30 GYTHEIO 0 0 19 9674 18 8642 16 6738 33 13019 23 10448
31 KALAMATA 0 0 11 9288 8 7281 11 8020 28 28132 31 38549
32 MITILINI 0 0 7 3180 1 260 5 2482 29 13923 53 24894
33 CHIOS 0 0 5 2328 10 1766 7 16445 43 21933 42 25229
34 RETHIMNO 0 0 24 1769 16 741 21 1301 3 400 11 1076
35 PILOS 0 0 9 1619 13 2662 9 1601 5 1060 11 3080
36 PATRA 0 0 2 1219 2 1647 2 952 2 743 3 1090
37 KYTHIRA 0 0 3 500 2 92 5 1298 18 4479 4 1050
38 ANDROS 0 0 1 458 0 0 0 0 1 528 2 838
39 SITIA 0 0 0 0 3 1447 0 0 0 0 1 444
40 IOS 0 0 0 0 1 680 8 5048 17 7113 13 6700
41 ALEX/POLIS (SAMOTHRAKI) 0 0 0 0 2 584 0 0 0 0 1 278
42 LAVRIO 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 17406 65 43236 55 44815
43 PREVEZA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 556 5 967
  TOTAL 204 66874 3899 5537500 3410 4788642 3415 4625363 4307 5204231 4294 4964443