easyCruise Orders New Ships

Low-fare easyCruise and Neorion, a Greek shipbuilding entity, signed a letter of intent to build two new 500-passenger cruise ships. The parties also have an option for two more. The agreement is expected to be finalized within two months. EasyCruise said the new ships will allow it to expand into new markets, including the GreekIslands, the Mediterranean, Florida, the Bahamas and Dubai. EasyCruise currently operates one oceangoing vessel, easyCruise One, and will launch a river vessel, easyCruise Two, this summer. EasyCruise said that while a start-up date is not yet announced, its expansion plans in Greece will feature cruises from one of several marinas near Athens, but not from Piraeus, where most other cruise vessels embark. Weekend and four-night GreekIsland cruises will visit such ports as Mykonos, Syros and Santorini, with other ports possible, the line said.

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