easyCruise Plans Expansion

June 6, 2005
Following the debut of easyCruiseOne in the French Riviera this spring, the founder of the brand-new easyCruise line has announced plans to bring a new easyCruise ship to the Aegean Sea in summer 2006. Stelios Haji-Ioannou also declared his intention to send easyCruiseOne to the Caribbean this winter.

In Athens last week, Stelios told an informal media gathering that he has been working with the Greek merchant marine ministry to gain access to seven Greek ports, including Piraeus, Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Iraklion, Chania and Milos. Although plans have not been finalized, Stelios hopes that this itinerary will be sailed by a second, larger easyCruise ship holding 400 to 450 passengers. Unlike the 170-passenger easyCruiseOne, which is registered to Cyprus, the new ship will fly the Greek flag. The new ship could spend the 2006-2007 winter in the Arabian Gulf.

As for easyCruiseOne, it will probably spend this winter in the Caribbean, based in either Barbados or Antigua. Other planned ports include St. Lucia, Martinique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada.