DP World Limassol: Leading cruise lines launch season’s first voyages from Limassol port
Leading cruise lines launch season’s first voyages from Limassol port
DP World Limassol: Leading cruise lines
launch season’s first voyages from Limassol port
“Jewel of the Seas” and “Celestyal Olympia” embarked
on their inaugural cruises from Limassol port
Limassol, Cyprus, July 12th, 2021: This year’s cruise season is finally kicking off for DP World Limassol, as “Jewel of the Seas” and “Celestyal Olympia” departed concurrently on their inaugural sailings from Limassol port on Saturday July 10th. This is the first time that two cruise lines are calling Limassol their home port, making this a huge milestone for the Company as well as Cyprus.
Royal Caribbean’s “Jewel of the Seas” will be sailing from Limassol until late October 2021, carrying out seven-night cruises that will be calling at Piraeus, Rhodes, Crete, Mykonos and Santorini, while “Celestyal Olympia” will be operating its new seven-night itinerary until late August 2021, calling at Thessaloniki, Mykonos, Santorini, Ag. Nikolaos (Crete) and Rhodes.
Adhering to all the local and international cruise protocols, DP World Limassol safely welcomed the crew and passengers that boarded the vessels, ensuring that the personal protective measures and social distancing measures were strictly followed, at all times.
In statements, Mr. Nawaf Abdulla, CEO of DP World Limassol, pointed out that the decision of Royal Caribbean and Celestyal Cruises to choose the port of Limassol as their base this year, is a testament to the Company’s and relevant Ministries efforts to improve its competitiveness and turn it into a major home port in the Eastern Mediterranean. “As operators of the Limassol Cruise Terminal, we are aware of our key role in the recovery of the country’s tourism sector. The sustainable development of the cruise industry and especially of homeporting, provides a significant transformative opportunity for Cyprus tourism and can bring multiple economic benefits to the country”, said Mr Abdulla, while underscoring the importance of synergies in the way forward.
“Jewel of the Seas”, one of Royal Caribbean’s largest cruise ships and “Celestyal Olympia” can carry around 2,500 and 1,600 passengers respectively. Although they will be operating at reduced capacity due to Covid-19 restrictions, they will still be able to carry a solid number of passengers, to the benefit of the local economy.
Mr. Abdulla added, “We are proud to have gained the trust of two leading cruise operators and hope that this is a sign that the cruise industry is bouncing back up. These concurrent departures mark the solid restart of the cruise sector in Limassol, and we are certain that DP World Limassol’s Cruise Terminal will be able to take on the challenge of increased health measures, while maintaining a high quality of services.”
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About DP World
We are the leading provider of worldwide smart end-to-end supply chain logistics, enabling the flow of trade across the globe. Our comprehensive range of products and services covers every link of the integrated supply chain – from maritime and inland terminals to marine services and industrial parks as well as technology-driven customer solutions.
We deliver these services through an interconnected global network of 148 business units in 60 countries across six continents, with a significant presence both in high-growth and mature markets. Wherever we operate, we integrate sustainability and responsible corporate citizenship into our activities, striving for a positive contribution to the economies and communities where we live and work.
Our dedicated, diverse and professional team of more than 54,620 employees from 137 nationalities are committed to delivering unrivalled value to our customers and partners. We do this by focusing on mutually beneficial relationships – with governments, shippers, traders, and other stakeholders along the global supply chain – relationships built on a foundation of mutual trust and enduring partnership.
We think ahead, anticipate change and deploy industry-leading digital technology to further broaden our vision to disrupt world trade and create the smartest, most efficient and innovative solutions, while ensuring a positive and sustainable impact on economies, societies and our planet
About DP World Limassol
In April 2016, DP World Limassol was awarded a 25-year concession to exclusively operate the multi-purpose terminal in Limassol. DP World Limassol multipurpose terminal comprises three multi-purpose quays.
Its activities include break-bulk, general cargo, Ro-Ro, oil & gas services and the brand-new passenger terminal. DP World Limassol provides a safe, stable and responsible environment for cruise itineraries in the eastern Mediterranean and further afield.
DP World Limassol aspires to make the terminal more productive and more sustainable, improving the port’s prospects for the long term, leading to better support to the community through jobs creation and better services for the wider Cypriot business community.