ECONOMY

Increase for cruise tourism in Piraeus

The number of tourists who arrived in Piraeus by cruise ship this year to May increased by about 13 percent, according to official figures. Although cruise passengers aboard ships with a European Union flag dropped by 24 percent, those coming on a cruise liner with a non-EU flag increased by 27 percent, and this despite a ban on the latter to schedule cruises exclusively within Greece. In the first six months of the year, the number of cruise ships to dock at Piraeus dropped marginally from 318 last year to 316. The most poplar destinations, according to cruise programs, have been Santorini, Myconos, Rhodes, Corfu, Katakolo in the western Peloponnese and Patmos.