Saturday, 30 June 2018

Aqua Blue to the Cyclades and Crete ...

Ten years have passed since Demetroula connected Thessaloniki with Crete.

'On Friday (29/6), after so many years of absence of coastal shipping, at 5pm the maiden voyage from Heraklion's port of the Aqua Blue began.
This route, according to naval agent Haris Karaharissis, seems to have significant demand, as the first bookings show, however, Mr Haracharias, explains that without the subsidy from the ministry this line would not be viable.
Thessaloniki, Smaragda Michailidou, travels with her parents and brothers in Tinos in recent years. "We are a six-member family and we wanted to try the ship from Thessaloniki, as until now we used to travel by train to Athens and Rafina by boat to Tinos," he describes. Excited were many older passengers who relive the experience of the past years and saw, as they said, the harbor to revive. Important was the presence of cargo trucks and a tourist bus to Crete, where it will serve a group of tourists traveling by air. For the young Dionysia that travels Syros, the reasons chosen by the boat were economic, as he said, it is more profitable.
"Captain Gerasimos Giakoumidis feels" proud ":" We are inaugurating the route in its repetition, "he said in an interview with ANA-MPA and stressed the need for the world to support this route that unites Greece.

The passenger ferry boat "Aqua Blue", with a capacity of 1,000 people and 300 vehicles, will connect Thessaloniki with the Sporades, the Cyclades and Crete. Starting from Thessaloniki, it will pass through Skiathos, Andros, Syros, Tinos, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Santorini, with a final destination in Heraklion. The ferry will depart every Tuesday and Friday at 17:00 from Thessaloniki.
According to the relevant contract, the line from Thessaloniki to Skiathos and Syros is subsidized, instead of rent of 49,430 euros per full trip, including VAT and other legal bookings. From Syros to Heraklion, Crete, the ship will operate freely.
The relevant contract, signed yesterday at the Ministry of Shipping, provides for the execution of two routes per week, during the summer period until 02/9/2018, with the possibility of approaching intermediate ports.
It is noted that the same ship is expected to join with another Sporades, Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos, which will run every Monday morning at 8:00 am, with a return from Alonnisos at 15:45, Skopelos at 16:45, and Skiathos at 17:30, with final destination in Thessaloniki.
For ticket reservations from all ports of departure to all destinations, according to the shipping company, a 30% discount is offered when the round trip is issued'

Source: RES

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