Fears for long-term decline in cruise visitors due to Turkish unrest


Greece may be enjoying the short-term benefits from cruise booking cancellations in Turkey due to recent events but in the long term it stands to lose from the unrest in the neighboring country, according to an analysis by the Union of Greek Cruise Ship Owners and Associated Members.

Certain cruise operators are already considering changing their routes away from the Eastern Mediterranean, so if this trend were to grow, the negative impact on Greece would be significant, the analysis said.

The failed coup and the state of emergency in Turkey are of particular concern to the local industry, as cruise trips usually combine the two countries.