Istanbul, Turkey (PortSEurope) May 15, 2018 – The three Turkish cruise ports operated by Global Ports Holding (GPH) saw tourist numbers for Q1 2018 increase 26.4% over the same period of 2017.
As the cruise season starts in Turkey, Ege Port- Kuşadası, Antalya Cruise Port and Bodrum Cruise Port are looking forward to welcoming some inaugural calls and returning ships over the course of the cruise season.
Antalya Cruise Port welcomed its first cruise ship of the season, Serenissima, on March 26. The port is located near the Antalya International Airport and is in close proximity to attractive beach resorts and hotels.
On the western coast of Turkey, Serenissima visited Ege Port – Kuşadası on March 30th, with Celestyal Majesty arriving on March 31st, while later in the season it is set to welcome the returning Oceania and Regent Seven Seas. Azamara Cruises will have its first 2018 call to Kuşadası with Azamara Journey on May 15th. The Port is close to historic sites such as Ephesus, which is among the most visited ancient sites in the Mediterranean. While all passengers will get to experience the completely renovated Scala Nuova Village, which offers authentic local shopping among a picturesque array of Aegean village-like streets, with exotic, colorful shops, chic cafés, bars and restaurants and all tailored for cruise passengers.
Bodrum Cruise Port, situated in the heart of the popular vacation city, is also set to be busier this year with a number of inaugural calls. These include Marella Cruises` Marella Discovery 2 on May 22, Mein Schiff 4 (TUI Cruises) in the first week of October and Ponant`s Le Laperouse calling in the second half of October. They will all be greeted with Plaque Ceremonies and the warmest welcome.
Global Ports Holding Plc is a cruise port operator with an established presence in the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Asia-Pacific regions, including extensive commercial port operations in Turkey and Montenegro.
Source: Global Ports Holding
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