Last month I posted about easyCruise coming to Greece. Read here:
Paros Paradise: easyCruise among Cyclades
I had looked at the easyCruise web site but missed the following from one of their press releases:
Commenting specifically on easyCruise’s expansion plans in Greece, the cruiseships will sail from one of the Marinas located in the Faliro area near Athens (avoiding the commercial port of Piraeus that other cruise lines and ferry companies use),
offering weekend cruises to Mykonos and Syros, and 4-day cruises to Santorini, with possible visits to Paros, Naxos, Milos or Serifos.
According to Stelios Haji-Ioannou: “We aim to create a new cruise market in Greece, just like we did abroad. easyCruise ships remain in the port during most of the day and overnight, so that the passengers are free to visit the local bars, restaurants and shops, thus strengthening local economy in their ports of call.
We target a young, active crowd, with average age 30-35 years, both Greeks and foreign visitors. The advertising campaign that will support our activity in Greece will contribute to the country’s promotion abroad. Greece and its destinations will also be promoted through an easyCruise on-board reality TV show that is already on air in European and US channels”.
I think this is great news for the Cyclades and Paros. Not because we will have more visitors but because we are suffering right now from limited ferry service. A recent meeting on the issue by all the island powers-that-be came up with many suggestions but no solutions. One idea floated was to pool resources and buy our own ferry. I understand Amorgos did that. I should mention, however, that Parians are notorious for not being able to agree on anything relating to the good of the whole island.