CRUISING INTO LIMASSOL
DP World Limassol welcomed the first batch of cruise ships for the 2019 season
Limassol, Cyprus – 4 April 2019: The spring cruise season for 2019 has officially opened with four cruise ships arriving at DP World Limassol. On Thursday, 4th April 2019, Queen Mary 2, one of the largest cruise ships in the world and the impressive Costa Victoria arrived. Viking Jupiter made its maiden call on April 1st and AIDAblu along with MSC Lirica, berthed at DP World Limassol on the 27thand 29th of March respectively.
Over 7,000 passengers arrived in Limassol where the cruise ships berthed for one day transit calls. Passengers had the opportunity to visit the city of Limassol while others chose to go on excursions in the surrounding areas and generating value to the local economy.
The General Manager of DP World Limassol, Charles Meaby commented “We are delighted to welcome the first cruise ships of several cruise liners anticipated to call at the port in the upcoming months. The advanced facilities at the New Passenger Terminal in combination with the highly trained staff of DP World Limassol and the excellent level of service provided, form a catalyst in upgrading the overall experience of both cruise companies and passengers. In addition, we are glad that Salamis through Salamis Filoxenia will continue to serve for 2019 season”.
93 cruise ships are expected at DP World Limassol in 2019, marking a solid increase compared to last year. Mr. Meaby continued “In 2018, a total of 68 arrivals were recorded at Limassol port, of which 36 were transit calls and 32 were home port calls. For 2019 we expect an overall increase of nearly 40% with a total of 93 arrivals, of which 53 will be transit calls and 40 home port calls. Furthermore, the upward trend is expected to continue into 2020”
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About DP World
DP World is a leading enabler of global trade and an integral part of the supply chain.
We operate multiple yet related businesses – from marine and inland terminals, maritime services, logistics and ancillary services, to technology-driven trade solutions. Our portfolio of 78 operating marine and inland terminals is supported by more than 50 related businesses in over 40 countries across six continents, with a significant presence in both high-growth and mature markets. We aim to be essential to the bright future of global trade, ensuring that everything we do contributes positively and sustainably to both the economy and society.
Our dedicated team of more than 45,000 employees from 103 countries cultivates long-standing relationships with governments, shipping lines, importers and exporters, communities, and many other important constituents of the global supply chain, providing quality value-added services today and tomorrow.
Container handling is the company’s core business and generates more than 50% of its revenue. In 2018, DP World handled 71.4 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) across our portfolio. With its committed pipeline of developments and expansions, the current gross capacity of 91.2 million TEU is expected to rise to approximately 100 million TEU by 2020, in line with market demand.
By thinking ahead, foreseeing change and innovating, DP World aims to create the most productive, efficient and safe trade solutions globally.
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.