The first cruise ship for this season “Hamburg” at the port of Souda in Crete

“Hamburg” cruise ship arrived at the port of Souda, with 329 passengers and 167 crew members. The elegant boat came from Catania and its next stop is Rhodes.
MS Hamburg is a 15,000-ton, 420 passenger, luxury cruise ship owned by the Conti Group; and is now operated by Plantours Kreuzfahrten.
Her crew complement consists of 170, and her top speed is 16 knots. She was previously known as Columbus for Hapag-Lloyd, she was since replaced by Columbus 2.
The development of cruise tourism in Greece can contribute to the development of the country’s economy, since more than 140,000 visitors are supposed to arrive at the port of Souda in Chania of Crete. According to data revealed by local authorities, three cruise companies, twelve cruise ships, sixty four arrivals and more than 140,000 visitors are expected for this year’s cruise tourism sector concerning Chania of Crete.
Tourism agencies aim to establish the port of Souda as an ideal cruise port. Within this framework, the agencies will focus on the old port as well as on the improvement of the services offered to tourists.