Introducing the new port of MSC Cruises: Kusadasi. Kusadasi port welcomed MSC Cruises for the first time

Ephesus, Turkey: one of the best-preserved cities of antiquity in the world (Courtesy kusadasi.biz)On April 12, Kusadasi port welcomed MSC Cruises for the first time. The MSC Lirica ship had chosen Ege Port Kuşadası, operated by Global Ports Holding, to perform its maiden partial turnaround call.

The 2022 East Med itinerary of the MSC ship will feature Kusadasi for a total of 29 times.

MSC Lirica arrived in the morning with its 846 passengers who visited the ancient city of Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary. Meanwhile an exclusive check-in hall has been was created for the turnaround passengers of MSC Cruises within Ege Port Kusadasi’s Scala Nuova Village.

Aziz Gungor, Global Ports Holding Regional Director for East Med and Ege Port Kusadasi General Manager commented: “Today marks the first partial homeport operations at our port for the season. Through collaboration between Ege Port and MSC teams, we have successfully completed the boarding of new passengers and the transit operations. As a main transit port, Ege Port Kuşadası protocols and team enable to have such operations with ease. We look forward to hosting the MSC Lirica for another 28 partial turnaround calls this season.”

During the ceremony onboard of the ship hosted by MSC Cruises, Aziz Gungor and his team presented the ceremonial welcome plaque to the Master of the ship. Also in attendance were MSC Cruises Executive Director Angelo Capurro, MSC Turkey Country Manager Burak Çalışkan, Kusadasi District Governor Saadettin Yucel, Provincial Culture and Tourism Director Umut Tuncer, Selcuk Mayor Filiz Ceritoğlu Sengel, Kuşadası Harbor Manager Onder Eyigun.

Kuşadası is the gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus. Providing a breath of history with a combination of unique shopping experience, local culinary experience in Sirince Village and a day full of nature and wildlife at the Dilek Peninsula National Park, Kusadasi is a must-see cruise destination.

(MedCruise, MSC Cruises, Global Ports Holding, Ege Port Kusadasi)

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