A large number of cruise ships are expected to dock in the port of Souda, Chania next year as Royal Caribbean Cruises include Souda in the itinerary of 56 cruises in 2011. Two other cruise companies also include Souda port as a stop off for 2011.
On Monday 25th October the first cruise ship, the ‘Azamara Journey’ arrived in Souda, drawing the attention of passersby with it’s presence - 165 meters long with a capacity to hold 700 people and 400 staff
In 2011 the first cruise ship is due to arrive in Souda on April 2nd, then arrivals will be on a daily basis until the end of October 2011.
Most ships will remain in Souda for one day and passengers will mainly visit the old town of Chania.
A major problem, as highlighted by the chairman of the Port Authority George Proimakis, is that the depth of most vessels is too deep to allow them to dock in the cruise port. The port authority is asking for the extension of the "Adrias" wharf, where the Souda-Pireaus passenger ferry docks.
Greece and Cyprus Navigator Travel & Tourism Services Ltd is the sole representative in Greece of Royal Caribbean Cruises,
parent company of Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises.