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Seabourn Returns To Istanbul In 2020 With Seven-Day Eastern Mediterranean Voyages



Seabourn Ovation moored in Liverpool (September 2018, photo credit Jason Roberts)Seabourn is returning to Istanbul, Turkey, in October 2020 aboard the line’s newest ship, Seabourn Ovation. The 300-suite ship – all with verandas – will sail four seven-day eastern Mediterranean voyages between Istanbul and Athens, Greece, or Athens to Istanbul exploring the iconic Greek Isles and richly historic cities in Turkey.

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Completion of new ports to make Istanbul vital cruise destination




The Celebrity Equinox at Istanbul (Photo credit Tura Turizm, Istanbul, Turkey)As Turkey continues its efforts to reinvigorate cruise tourism and is carrying out works to eliminate the lack of ports, particularly in Istanbul, the cruise operators adding Istanbul to their routes once again stress that the completion of both the Galataport and Yenikapı port will make the city a vital destination in cruise tourism, which is reported to have an annual turnover of $35 billion. (dailysabah.com)

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Galataport to bring over 2 million cruise tourists to Istanbul



The Celebrity Equinox at Istanbul (Photo credit Tura Turizm, Istanbul, Turkey)Currently under construction, Istanbul’s mega port project Galataport is expected to revive the city’s cruise tourism. The Culture and Tourism Ministry forecast that the port will host around 500 cruise ships with an average of 4,000 passengers each, likely reaching 2 million people, but with staff and crew of the ships, it is expected to be even higher.

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Galataport Set for 2020 Opening in Istanbul




The Celebrity Equinox at Istanbul (Photo credit Tura Turizm, Istanbul, Turkey)The only main port of Istanbul, Galataport, aims to serve1.5 million passengers per year including its crew upon completion in March 2020. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

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As Turkey’s troubles fade, cruise lines again come calling




The Celebrity Equinox at Istanbul (Photo credit Tura Turizm, Istanbul, Turkey)Cruise lines are starting to plug Turkey back into their itineraries for 2020 and 2021 in hopes that the country’s troubles are finally behind it. The handful of lines that were already operating there in 2018 are being joined by names such as Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Princess Cruises, Seabourn and Holland America Line. (travelweekly.com)

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Turkey reports rise in cruise numbers in early 2018




Three Turkish cruise ports operated by Global Ports Holding welcomed 26% more passengers in the first quarter of 2018, compared to the same period in 2017, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute. (cruiseandferry.net)

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Turkey Expands Cruise Line Incentives



The Celebrity Equinox at Istanbul (Photo credit Tura Turizm, Istanbul, Turkey)The Turkish government has expanded its cruise ship call incentive program, targeting ships carrying over 100 passengers calling on the country’s ports in 2018 and 2019, according to Global Ports Holding, which operates three ports in Turkey: Kusadasi, Bodrum and Antalya. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

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Turkey Update: More Cancelled Calls by Holland America, Carnival & RCCL



Both Holland America Line, Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., parent of Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises, announced this past weekend that they’ve cancelled additional calls for those brands in Turkey. (travelagentcentral.com)

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