Located about 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) from the center of Athens, lies the ancient port of Piraeus. Since centuries the Greek port has served as (one of) the most important sea hubs of Greece and arguably the entire Aegean sea. In 2020, the port of Piraeus is scheduled to welcome just over 1 million arriving cruise ship passengers. Because the port also serves as a embarkation port, days with lots of cruise passengers can feel extra crowded.
2020 Athens cruise schedule
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Compared to 2019, Piraeus will see increasing numbers of arriving cruise passengers of about 9%. In our overview of the Europe’s busiest cruise ports in 2020, Piraeus ranks 9th jumping 1 place by overtaking Genoa, Italy. Although there are considerably less passengers in winter, Athens will see cruise passengers arrive within the city throughout the year. Peak season starts in May and ends in October.
October is the busiest month of the year. With 173,000 cruise passengers arriving in October. October is also the month that has the busiest cruise day of the year: October 21 when 15,000 cruise passengers are scheduled to arrive in Athens. Other busy days include April 25 (13,194 passengers) and September 26 (12,584 passengers). In total there are 9 days in 2020 where the port of Piraeus will see the number of arriving cruise passengers jump well above 10,000 passengers.
Throughout the year, 74 different cruise ships are scheduled to arrive in Athens in 2020. These 74 cruise ships will arrive in port a total of 503 times and bring a total of 1,096,170 cruise passengers. The ship bringing most passengers is Celestyal Olympia. In total, this cruise ship is scheduled to arrive 75 times bringing almost 125,000 passengers to Athens. The ship named after a Greek mountain is followed at a distance by MSC Musica (27 stops, 82,620 cruise passengers) and MSC Orchestra (24 stops, 73,440 cruise passengers).
2020 athens ship details
|wdt_ID||Ship||Stops in Athens||Ship capacity||Sum of max passengers|
|5||Explorer Of The Seas||15||3.938||59.070|
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