Thessaloniki Tourism Organization (TTO) recently welcomed the Viking Sky, the first cruise ship to arrive at the city’s port for 2022,marking a positive start for the cruise tourism.
The Viking Sky ship of Viking Cruises made a stopover at the port of Thessaloniki on February 5, following a visit to Volos. Thessaloniki Tourism Organization welcomed the passengers of the Norwegian-flagged Viking Sky, coming mainly from America and Canada, providing information material, city maps, protective masks with the logo of the city and local products from the Region of Central Macedonia.
During their visit to Thessaloniki, Viking’s passengers visited monuments, archaeological sites and points of interest in and around the city. The four-hour tour included a visit to Thessaloniki’s archaeological museum, the church of Hagios Demetrios, the city’s castles and the White Tower.
Starting on May 1, the port of Thessaloniki will operate as a homeport for Celestyal Cruises. Coming from Athens, the company’s cruise ship will approach the port of Thessaloniki every Sunday. For 2022, the port authority already has 55 confirmed cruise arrivals from 11 different companies and 15 different cruise ships.
“The socio-economic impact of the cruise sector on Thessaloniki is very important. There are very few cities in the world with a central port in short distance from landmark monuments and sites,” TTO President Voula Patoulidou said.
She also underlined the organization’s efforts to make Thessaloniki a leading cruise destination.
Ms. Patoulidou met with the Executive Chairman of the Board. of Thessaloniki Port Authority, Mrs. Athanasios Liagos and the Director of Corporate Communication, Mrs. Theodora Riga in order to discuss the next steps of cooperation of the two bodies. Thessaloniki Port Authority is a founding member of Thessaloniki Tourism Organization.