According to the annual European Cruise Council report, growth in cruising industry is much larger than expected. Greece welcomes the third largest number of cruise visitors in Europe. 2.5 million visitors were disembarked in its ports of Piraeus, Rhodes, Corfu, Katakolon, Santorini, Heraklion and Mykonos. Spain and the Canary islands are in the 2nd position with 2.7 million visitors while at the top place is Italy with 3.4 million visitors.