Low-cost cruising is expanding! EasyCruise signed a letter of intent with Neorion Holdings’ shipyards to order two new ships, with the possibility of two more. The new ships will carry 500 passengers, over twice as many as the easyCruiseOne. With these newbuilds, easyCruise can expand to the Greek islands and possibly elsewhere in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Florida, the Bahamas, and even Dubai.
No word on when the ships will debut, but plans for Greek cruises are already in the works. EasyCruise intends to sail from a port in Faliro, near Athens, but not the heavily trafficked port at Piraeus. The itinerary will include weekend trips to Mykonos and Syros and four-day cruises to Santorini. Ports-of-call may include Paros, Naxos, Milos, or Serifos. As with easyCruiseOne, the ship will remain docked into the evening so passengers can experience daytime activities and the island nightlife.
Given my [% 329012 | | iffy experience %] on easyCruise in the Caribbean, I’m eager to see how the no-frills cruising concept plays out in the Greek islands and other destinations. And, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the newbuilds will not be named easyCruiseThree and easyCruiseFour. But odds are that easyCruise’s creativity will remain focused on the cruise concept and not on ship names. Which is as it should be.