Turkey reports rise in cruise numbers in early 2018

Turkey reports rise in cruise numbers in early 2018
Cruises ships berthed at Ege Port – Kuşadası on Turkey's west coast (Image: Global Ports Holding)

Three Turkish cruise ports operated by Global Ports Holding welcomed 26% more passengers in the first quarter of 2018, compared to the same period in 2017, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute.

Highlights of Antalya Cruise Port’s 2018 season to date have included a call from Noble Caledonia’s Serenissima on 26 March and a visit from TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 1 on 30 March.

On Turkey’s west coast, Ege Port – Kuşadası has already welcomed Serenissimia and Celestyal Cruises’ Celestyal Majesty and will host an inaugural call from Azamara Cruises’ Azamara Journey on 15 May. In addition, the port will handle return visits from both Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises later in the year.

Meanwhile, Bodrum Cruise Port is set to receive several maiden calls in 2018, including Thomson Cruises` TUI Discovery 2 on 22 May and TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 4 and Ponant’s La Perouse in October. All three ships will be welcomed with a traditional plaque exchange ceremony.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Monday, May 14, 2018