Bodrum Port hosts cruise ships arriving in Turkish waters.
According to the Directorate General of Merchant Marine, a total of 48 cruise ships anchored in seven ports in Turkey in the January-May period this year, while the number of arriving passengers from these ships reached 5,765, with 7,146 departing passengers and 29,035 transit passengers. Around 77 percent of the cruise ships came to Kuşadası. While 37 ships dropped anchor in the city, three arrived in Antalya, three in Marmaris and two in Bodrum. In this period, one cruise ship docked at Dikili, Fethiye and Mersin ports each.
The representatives of the industry have recently said they expect a 30 percent growth this year. The world’s leading cruise companies have recently announced that they have included Turkey in their programs for this season. Antalya was the busiest port in terms of arriving passengers, while Kuşadası led the way in the number of transit passengers.