The inauguration of Thessaloniki’ new cruise terminal, ‘Alexander the Great’, took place on 22nd November, at the port’s Pier 2.
A ceremony was overseen by the Greek Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy, Christos Stylianides, and the Executive Chairman of the Board of ThPA, Thanos Liagkos.
The ‘Alexander the Great’ terminal, which began operations in the early summer, is significantly expanding the footprint of Thessaloniki in the cruise sector and substantially upgrading the tourist product of the city and of the broader region, the port authority said.
ThPA made a significant investment in the infrastructure for the new terminal, which covers a total surface area of 2,000 sq m, to provide a quality service to cruise ships docking at Pier 2 (Quays 9 and 10), as well as for their passengers and crew.
Minister Stylianides, said: “The development of cruise is a constant, national, growth-oriented goal, from which the country’s tourism records significant benefits.
“The Port of Thessaloniki is the first to have adopted the automated Schengen Entry/Exit System (EES) and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), in accordance with EU Directive 2017/2226.
“I would like to congratulate ThPA for this major investment, for the creation of this new, modern cruise terminal, which hosts the relevant authorities (Port Authority, Customs, Passport Control Service), in order for passengers and crews to be serviced quickly and efficiently.
“This new infrastructure further enhances the tourist product of Thessaloniki, Northern Greece, and the country as a whole,” he said.
Liagkos added: “At the Port of Thessaloniki, we are proud of the new cruise terminal ‘Alexander the Great’.
“The new terminal is one more significant investment, which upgrades our position in the international port industry and creates additional growth prospects for Thessaloniki.
“It is a fully equipped terminal that is capable of servicing homeporting and transit arrivals, as well as more than 6,000 passengers and the crews of two cruise ships that arrive at the port simultaneously, on an everyday basis.
“We remain committed to implementing our investment plan for the upgrade of port infrastructures and to closely co-operating with the bodies of Thessaloniki, as we constitute a vital part of the effort for the growth of the city and of the broader Northern Greece region,” he said.