Information for cruise ship passengers getting ashore
Created by the volcano eruption in 1650 B.C., Santorini’s Cruise Port port of call is located at the bottom of the Caldera Cliffs in Fira, the capital of Santorini. It doesn’t have a cruise terminal and visitors are tendered ashore by small boats. During high season the island hosts about 80,000 visitors per day. Furthermore there can be as many as five cruise ships arriving in the same morning. This situation makes the port one of the most crowded ports of the world.
Skala is the official name of the cruise port. Skala was an old port serving Thira before the bigger port of Athinios took over. This pier became a tourist hub of sort, a small town of seaside cafés, boat rental agencies and trinket shops.
Santorini Travelers arriving by ferry, are advised to visit the ferry port of Athinios www.santorini-port.com travel guide. Any ferry you book will dock at Athinios.