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Cruise ships head for Greek Islands

Cruise ships head for Greek Islands.

The Greek holiday industry is benefiting from a sharp rise in the popularity of cruise ships in the Greek islands this year. Port officials in Rhodes say they expect 45 cruise ships to tie up in May, bringing in thousands of holiday visitors to the island.

Among the cruise ships booked to call in at Rhodes are the exclusive 100 metre long Tere Moana on its way from Patmos to Crete.

But first to dock in Rhodes harbour on May 1 is the 16,000 ton Orient Queen which can accommodate 845 passengers.

May 22 is likely to be the one of the busiest days in the port of Rhodes with seven cruise ships scheduled to arrive.

It is estimated that the port authorities on Rhodes will have to handle more than 10,000 cruise ship tourists on that day as well as around 5,000 crew.

They should be used to it by then though as, a week before on May 15 there will be five cruise ships docked in Rhodes.

One of the largest will be the Louis Olympia, one of the biggest vessels of Louis Cruises fleet with cabins for 1,664 passengers.

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