Cruise Lines from or to Turkey
It is possible to take cruises to and from Turkey calling for various Eastern Mediterranean and Aegean ports. The main cruise ports in Turkey are: Istanbul, Kusadasi (near Ephesus), Marmaris or Izmir. These cities are also the main starting points for different cruise holidays covering ports like Rhodes, Santorini, Mykonos, Athens, Dubrovnik, Naples, Alexandria and Odessa.
Turkey has been an important cruise line stop for luxury cruises but also a destination for cheap cruises for many years. Especially, Istanbul has been a great attraction point for cruises and number of visitors coming to Istanbul on cruise lines has been increasing dramatically over the last few years.
Cheap cruiseline cruises from Turkey are always available, as an example it is worth mentioning a favorite cruise with Istanbul as a embarkation port then heading to Dubrovnik, Venice, Bari, Katakolon(Greece) followed by an Istanbul homecoming at prices starting from 499 Euros.
Depending on the season great discounts and incentives are offered to the cruise customers like free travel for kids under 18 or free beverages along with already inclusive full board, gym, spa and entertainment packages during the nights.
You can also choose many cities in Europe such as Amsterdam,Stockholm, Venice, Barcelona or Athens and enjoy an Atlantic-Mediterannean itinerary, anchoring in Istanbul as the port of disembarkation.
If you ever end up in Istanbul by a cruise line, it means you will make your first step at the port of Karakoy, which is situated just couple of hundred meters from the Galata Tower on top of which you can immediately start discovering one of the most famous destinations in the world. You can also take a daily tour to go further keeping in mind that Istanbul offers you lots more and it is a kind of city that has always welcomed visitors for thousands of years.
If your port of call is Izmir or Kusadasi then you must take a daily tour to Ephesus and Selcuk area where you can see Church of the Virgin Mary, one of the best preserved Greek and Roman ruins in the world, Ephesus, ancient cities of Miletus, Priene, Dydima or the lovely village of Sirince that still enjoys the authenticity and traditions of Anatolian wine making.
A cruise holiday on luxurious ship is a great experience as it is an easy and efficient way of visiting different countries in a limited amount of time. No expense spared ship building technology now makes it possible for you and your family to enjoy full tenis courts, swimming pools with retractable roofs, movie theaters, mini golf courses and many more. Luxury liners have great offers with good old maritime attitude and service quality. Don't forget: choices are plenty!