Turkey – an absolute delight. A white star and crescent moon were initially associated with Constantinople renamed Istanbul in 1930. Constantinople was the capital city of the Roman/Byzantine Empire, the Latin Empire and the Ottoman Empire. The crescent and star also represented Persia and the Ottoman empire; two important kingdoms of antiquity.

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For a cruiser, it separates the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea. Passing Istanbul into those waters is a longer cruise into a bigger adventure.

Eastern Mediterranean - Turkey

Alanya
clear sky
24.1 ° C
24.1 °
24.1 °
61 %
2.3kmh
0 %
Thu
25 °
Fri
28 °
Sat
26 °
Sun
27 °
Mon
27 °

Alanya, Turkey. Regent, Phoenix, Azamara and Oceania are amongst those who sail here.

Antalya Province
few clouds
27.3 ° C
27.3 °
27.3 °
61 %
6.2kmh
20 %
Thu
27 °
Fri
30 °
Sat
27 °
Sun
26 °
Mon
25 °

Port Akdeniz is the cruise terminal just outside Antalya. There is a concrete dock but if there are multiple ships a tender might be used. Silversea, Seabourn, Seadream, Regent, Azamara, TUI, Crystal and Oceania are amongst those who go here.

Bodrum
clear sky
32 ° C
32 °
28.7 °
54 %
4.4kmh
2 %
Thu
30 °
Fri
28 °
Sat
27 °
Sun
26 °
Mon
23 °

Phoenix, Seabourn, TUI, Windstar, Star Clippers and Seabourn are amongst those who sail into Bodrum.

Tenedos
clear sky
26 ° C
27.9 °
26 °
66 %
2.9kmh
8 %
Thu
25 °
Fri
25 °
Sat
24 °
Sun
25 °
Mon
21 °

Turkish Island that Seadream, Star Clippers, Seabourn and other small ships get to.

Çanakkale Province
clear sky
25.3 ° C
25.3 °
25.3 °
37 %
3kmh
7 %
Thu
30 °
Fri
28 °
Sat
30 °
Sun
28 °
Mon
25 °

This port is at the start of the Dardanelles Strait as you head from the Med to the Black Sea. Kepez is nearby. A favourite for those wishing to see the grounds of the battle of Gallipoli. Viking, Azarama, SAGA and Windstar are amongst the many who stop here.

Çeşme
few clouds
24.8 ° C
24.8 °
24.8 °
69 %
2.6kmh
20 %
Thu
25 °
Fri
25 °
Sat
25 °
Sun
24 °
Mon
21 °

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Dalyan
few clouds
28 ° C
28 °
28 °
51 %
6.7kmh
20 %
Thu
31 °
Fri
32 °
Sat
32 °
Sun
29 °
Mon
28 °

They have a turtle beach and a turtle statue in the middle of town. Star Clippers and boats go there. It has a small shallow bay.

Dikili
few clouds
27.9 ° C
27.9 °
27.9 °
43 %
3.2kmh
24 %
Thu
29 °
Fri
31 °
Sat
29 °
Sun
31 °
Mon
25 °

Regent, Silverseas, Celestyal Cruises and Star Clippers get there.

Fethiye
clear sky
27.9 ° C
27.9 °
27.9 °
37 %
2.2kmh
1 %
Thu
30 °
Fri
32 °
Sat
32 °
Sun
31 °
Mon
29 °

When a cruise ship docks, it looks huge sitting at the end of the approaching street. Seabourn sail there.

Istanbul
clear sky
23.7 ° C
27.1 °
23.7 °
60 %
4.1kmh
0 %
Thu
25 °
Fri
24 °
Sat
25 °
Sun
25 °
Mon
26 °

A major city that has had its place throughout history. It sits guarding the passage out of the Med and into the Black Sea.

İzmir
clear sky
32.3 ° C
33.7 °
31 °
40 %
4.1kmh
0 %
Thu
34 °
Fri
35 °
Sat
34 °
Sun
36 °
Mon
30 °

Izmir is a larger port and a wider variety of cruise ships stop there including Costa and Carnival.

Kusadasi
clear sky
28.4 ° C
33.5 °
28.2 °
39 %
2.2kmh
1 %
Thu
29 °
Fri
29 °
Sat
29 °
Sun
32 °
Mon
26 °

The Ephesus region is a guided tour from Kusadasi. Drive to the House of the Virgin Mary, and explore the city of Ephesus, and with a visit to Artemis Temple.

Marmaris
clear sky
28 ° C
28 °
28 °
34 %
4.3kmh
0 %
Thu
31 °
Fri
33 °
Sat
32 °
Sun
28 °
Mon
28 °

Azamara, Seabourn and Regent sail there.

Mersin Province
clear sky
27.2 ° C
27.2 °
27.2 °
46 %
3.5kmh
0 %
Thu
27 °
Fri
29 °
Sat
29 °
Sun
30 °
Mon
30 °

A modern container port, the largest port in Turkey and a gateway to Tarsus.

Mudanya
clear sky
26.7 ° C
26.7 °
26.7 °
50 %
3kmh
5 %
Thu
27 °
Fri
25 °
Sat
26 °
Sun
28 °
Mon
27 °

Mudyana plays host to the SeaDream Yacht Club. It is too small a port for ships.

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