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Cruise Tourism in İzmir


Cruise tourism is a rapidly growing type of tourism that appeals to middle and high income groups. It creates a large amount of revenue in the city/country it takes place in.

Until recently North America, South America and tropical islands were in the forefront, but as of today Far East, the Poles, Baltic Sea Region, the Arabian Peninsula, the Red Sea and especially Mediterranean region draw attention with their marketing strategy and the cruise routes they have been creating. Mediterranean Basin, a rising star in terms of cruise destinations, has risen to second place after the South American destination and became a popular spot for cruise tourism.

It is though that the uninterrupted rise of Mediterranean basin will continue for the next 20 years. This type of tourism comes into prominence especially in Spain, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Malta and Egypt in the Mediterranean.

But again, in the next 15 years, because of the rivals of our region; China and South America, fluctuations in Mediterranean will always occur until new ships are built.

According to the information compiled from 2014 report of European Cruise Council, port of Miami in USA ranks first with approximately 3 million passengers. In Mediterranean; Barcelona, Venice, Genoa and Savona ports, and Piraeus Ports have importance.

Turkey's cruise tourism market gradually gains importance, especially in Akdeniz. In 18 February 2010, in the cruise forum and award ceremony of Cruises News Media Group, which is an expert media organization in Spain's ship tourism, Turkey and Croatia were chosen as the best destinations of 2009.

After this point, the development of Turkey's cruise ports gained momentum.

However, the recent events that happened in our country contradicts the nature of cruise tourism. The nature of cruise tourism is waking up in a different port of different country every day.

Recent events in Middle East, Egypt and Black Sea Basin affect our country's cruise tourism negatively.

Therefore, completion of the infrastructure and continuation publicity campaigns are a required in order to improve the cruise tourism in our ports.

Since 2004, İzmir's cruise tourism has been improving gradually.

Thanks to our chamber's efforts in bringing cruise ships to the Alsancak Port, in 2003 3.261 passsengers with 5 cruise calls, in 2004 77.000 passengers with 32 cruise calls, in 2005 58.042 passengers with 26 cruise calls, in 2006 183.198 passengers with 94 cruise calls, in 2007 288.017 passengers with 122 cruise calls, in 2008 321.279 passengers with 128 cruise calls, in 2009 309.603 passengers with 127 cruise calls,, in 2010 355.899 passengers with 141 cruise calls, in 2011 504.921 passengers with 272 cruise calls,, and in 2012 510.042 passengers with 286 cruise calls visited the "Pearl of the Aegean" İzmir, who has been the home of many civilizations for many years.

In 2013 463.204 passengers with 191 cruise calls and in 2014 335.891 passengers with 137 trips, and since in 2015 241.716 passengers with 108  cruise calls, in 2016 27.619 passengers with 24 cruise calls and as of November 2017 9172 passengers with 18 cruise calls visited our city, thus in the last 15 years we have hosted 3.754.885 cruise passengers as a part of the cruise tourism.

In 2011, 2012 and 2013 İzmir was awarded the "Europe's Leading Cruise Port" in the framework of World Travel Awards.

The Number of Cruise Ships and Tourists that Visited İzmir

Year

Total Number of Cruise Trips Made to İzmir Alsancak Port

Total Number of Tourists that Came to İzmir With Cruise Trips

2003

5

3.271

2004

32

77.000

2005

26

58.042

2006

94

183.198

2007

122

288.017

2008

128

321.279

2009

127

309.603

2010

141

355.899

2011

272

504.921

2012

286

552.764

2013

191

486.493

2014

137

335.891

2015                                  

108

241.716

2016

24

27.619

2017 (As of November)

18

9172

TOPLAM

1.711

3.754.885

 

At this point, works aiming to promote İzmir and improve its performance is required.

The designed methods are predicted to have an important role in the vision of İzmir's cruise tourism and help İzmir become a brand in cruise tourism in upcoming periods.  

Importance, in the framework of İzmir's goal of "Twelve Month Tourism", should be put on cruise tourism. Since 2004, our chamber has been working on a series of works aiming to promote and improve our city's cruise tourism.

İzmir Chamber of Commerce pays for the passenger taxes of all cruise tourists, negotiates with cruise companies one by one and convinces them to visit Alsancak Port. The Chamber also holds important national and international meetings.

Moreover, our chamber takes part in international exhibitions, conferences and conventions in order to promote İzmir and increase its share in cruise tourism.

  • March 10 to 13 2008, the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention, Miami-US
  • December 9 to 11 2008, the Seatrade Mediterranean Cruise-Ferry-Super Yacht Congress, Venice-ITALY,
  • December 14-16 2008 Seatrade Middle East Maritime, Dubai-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES,
  • March 16-19 2009 Seatrade Cruise Shipping, Shipping Fair and Conference, Miami-US, 
  • May 19, 2009 The European Cruise Council, Rome- ITALY
  • June 5, 2009 Costa Luminosa & Pacifica Christening Ceremony, Genoa - ITALY
  • March 15 to 18 2010 Cruise Transport Congress,  Miami-US
  • September 16 to 17 2010 the Black Sea Cruise Forum,  Odessa - UKRAINE 
  • November 29 to December 2 2010 Seatrade Mediterranean Cruise-Ferry-Super Yacht Congress, Cannes - FRANCE
  • March 14 to 17 2011 Cruise Transport Congress, Miami-US
  • June 8 to 10 2011 7th World Chambers Congress - 2011 World Chambers Competition, Mexico City - MEXICO
  • June 21, 2011 First Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum, Athens - GREECE
  • July 1 to 3 2011 Costa Favolosa Christening Ceremony, Trieste - ITALY
  • September 2, 2011 World Travel Awards Ceremony, Antalya - TURKEY
  • September 26 to 29, 2011 Seatrade Europe Cruise, River Cruise Exhibition and Conference, Hamburg - GERMANY
  • December 5 to 7 2011 Seatrade İstanbul Winter Cruising Forum, İstanbul –TURKEY
  • March 12 to 15, 2012 Cruise Shipping Convention, Miami, USA
  • May 4 to 6 2012 Costa Fascinosa Christening Ceremony, Venice - ITALY        
  • 26-27 May 2012 Msc Divina Christening Ceremony, Marseille - FRANCE
  • June 7 to 9 2012 Third International Port Cities and Trade Congress, Mersin - Turkey
  • July 3 to 5 2012 Seatrade Turkish Cruise Forum, Izmir - TURKEY 
  • October 6, 2012 World Travel Awards, Algavre - PORTUGAL             
  • November 27 to 29 2012 Seatrade Med, Marseille - FRANCE
  • March 2 to 3 2013 Volos Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Event
  • March 11 to 14, 2013 Cruise Transport Congress , Miami-US
  • May 27 to 29 2013 First Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum, Athens - GREECE
  • June 24 to 26 2013 European Cruise Council, Brussels - BELGIUM
  • August 31, 2013 World Travel Awards Ceremony, Antalya - TURKEY
  • September 24 to 26 2013 Seatrade Europe Cruise, River Cruise Shipping Exhibition and Conference, Hamburg - GERMANY
  • March 10 to 14, 2014 Cruise Transport Congress, Miami-US
  • April 30, 2014 Fethiye Cruise Port Project Workshop, Fethiye - TURKEY
  • September 15, 2014 CLIA EUROPE Port Forum, Barcelona - SPAIN
  • September 16 to 18, 2014 Seatrade Med Barcelona Fair, Barcelona - SPAIN
  • March 16 to 19, 2015 Cruise Shipping Convention and Fair, Miami-US
  • May 25 to 27 2015 Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum, Athens - GREECE             
  • 14-17 March 2016             Cruise Shipping Convention and Fair,                                               – FORT LAUDERDALE – US
  • 21-23 September 2016                 Seatrade Med Cruise Tourism Fair – TENERİFE -              SPAIN
  • 13-16 March 2017             Cruise Shipping Convention and Fair,    – FORT                                              LAUDERDALE US
  • 5-6 September 2017                    Seatrade Europe Cruise Tourism Fair – HAMBURG –                                             GERMANY

When the fact that we are living in a period where the number and capacity of passenger ships are rapidly rising is taken into consideration, the fact that İzmir holds an important place among Akdeniz and world cruise destinations can be better understood.

Therefore, our Chamber has initiated efforts to build a new cruise port. The project is carried in line with our "Twelve Month Tourism" aim. The support our chamber gives to the development of İzmir's cruise tourism still continues.

TURKEY CRUISE PLATFORM

www.cruiseturkiye.org

CRUISE TURKEY BROCHURE (ENGLISH)

Cruise unions are organizations that are integrated as either ports, associations, and nongovernmental organizations or cruise companies, agencies, associations and nongovernmental organizations.

These unions get organized in a closed way at first, but then because of the changing conditions they open up to other areas.

For example, Mediterranean Cruise Union used to accept only certain ports as members, but later on they opened up to other regions and started accepting ports in islands of East Mediterranean, Black Sea, Red Sea and Atlantic Ocean which can be seen as connection points.

However, despite having this many ports, Turkey still didn't have a cruise union.

Turkish Cruise Platform, based in İzmir, was founded in July 3 2012 under the leadership of our Chamber.

The aim of the Turkish Cruise Platform is; to activate, support and improve the activities of cruise tourism and conduct studies regarding it, to ensure coordination between ports, to take initiatives aiming to increase the traffic and potential of cruise passengers, participate in world organizations, and to determine a common strategy regarding the promotion and marketing of Turkish Cruise Ports.

Their works on cruise tourism will constitute an important milestone for the cruise tourism sector of our country. The platform has a structure with broad participation consisting of ports, port city's chambers of commerce, agencies, operator companies, cruise companies, ship suppliers and other suppliers, also provincial tourism departments, municipalities and governorates.

SHIPS THAT ARRIVED IN IZMIR IN 2004:

  • Costa Mediterrranea                                           (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Atlantica                                                    (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Marina                                                       (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Victoria                                                      (Costa Crociere)

SHIPS THAT ARRIVED IN IZMIR IN 2005:

  • Costa Mediterrranea                                           (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Allegra                                                      (Costa Crociere)

SHIPS THAT ARRIVED IN IZMIR IN 2006:

  • Costa Fortuna                                                    (Costa Crociere)                
  • Costa Paloma                                                    (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Mediterrranea                                          (Costa Crociere)               
  • Costa Romantica                                                (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Concordia                                                 (Costa Crociere)               
  • Perla                                                                   (LHC)
  • Iris                                                                       (Mano Maritime)              
  • Marco Polo                                                         (OrientCruise Lines)
  • Royal Iris                                                             (Mano Maritime)              
  • Super Star Libra                                                 (Star Cruises)
  • Msc Musica                                                         (MSC Crociere)              
  • Msc Opera                                                          (MSC Crociere)
  • Wind Spirit                                                          (Windstar Cruises)              
  • Norwegian Jewel                                                (NCL)

SHIPS THAT ARRIVED IN IZMIR IN 2007:

  • Costa Concordia                                               (Costa Crociere)               
  • Costa Victoria                                                    (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Serena                                                    (Costa Crociere)               
  • Carnival Freedom                                              (Carnival Cruise Line)
  • Iris                                                                      (Mano Maritime                 
  • Royal Iris                                                            (Mano Maritime)
  • The Calypso                                                       (Mano Maritime)             
  • Marco Polo                                                         (Orient Cruise Lines)
  • Oceanic II                                                           (Pullmantur Cruises)             
  • Corinthian II                                                        (Corinthian II Owner LTD)
  • Norwegian Jewel                                                (NCL)                                         
  • Msc Orchestra                                                    (MSC Crociere)
  • Wind Spirit                                                          (Windstar Cruises)

SHIPS THAT ARRIVED IN IZMIR IN 2008:

  • Costa Concordia                                              (Costa Crociere)               
  • Costa Romantica                                             (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Serena                                                  (Costa Crociere)               
  • Carnival Freedom                                            (Carnival Cruise Line)
  • Carnival Splendor                                            (Carnival Cruise Line)             
  • Msc Sinfonia                                                    (MSC Crociere)
  • Msc Poesia                                                      (MSC Crociere)
  • Norwegian Jade                                               (NCL)                                         
  • Queen Victoria                                                 (Cunard)
  • To Callisto                                                         (Travel Dynamic)             
  • Grand Voyager                                                 (Iberjet-Iber Cruceros)
  • AidaVita                                                            (Aida Cruises)
  • Corinthian II                                                      (Corinthian II Owner LTD)
  • The Irıs                                                             (Mano Maritime)             
  • Royal Iris                                                           (Mano Maritime)
  • The Crystal                                                       (Louis Cruise Line)                           
  • Deutscland                                                        (Peter Deilmann Rederrei)
  • Ocean Countess                                               (European Classical Cruises)
  • Turana Yatı
  • Costa Marina                                                    (Costa Crociere)
  • Clipper Pacific                                                  (Pearl Owen Ltd)
  • Sky Wonder                                                      (Pullmanntur Cruises)

SHIPS THAT ARRIVED IN IZMIR IN 2009:

  • Costa Concordia                                               (Costa Crociere)               
  • Costa Romantica                                              (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Serena                                                   (Costa Crociere)               
  • Costa Mediterranea                                          (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Luminosa                                                (Costa Crociere)
  • Msc Poesia                                                        (MSC Crociere)
  • Norwegian Jade                                                 (NCL)             
  • Norwegian Gem                                                 (NCL)                           
  • Grand Mistral                                                     (Iberocruceros)
  • AidaVita                                                             (Aida Cruises)
  • Arion                                                                  (WCA)
  • Aegean Pearl                                                     (Louis Cruise Line)
  • Samsun gemisi
  • Peace Boat
  • The Calypso

SHIPS THAT ARRIVED IN IZMIR IN 2010:

  • Costa Allegra                                                        (Costa Crociere)               
  • Costa Magica                                                        (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Serena                                                        (Costa Crociere)               
  • Costa Mediterranea                                              (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Pacifica                                                       (Costa Crociere)
  • Msc Magnifica                                                       (MSC Crociere)
  • Norwegian Jade                                                    (NCL)
  • Norwegian Gem                                                    (NCL)                           
  • Grand Celebration                                                (Iberocruceros)
  • AidaDiva                                                               (Aida Cruises)
  • Boudicca                                                               (Fred Olsen Cruise Lines)
  • Balmoral                                                               (Fred Olsen Cruise Lines)
  • Thomson T. Celebration                                       (Thomson Cruises)
  • Ocean Majesty                                                     (Majestic Cruise Lines)
  • Corinthian II                                                         (Corintian II Owner LTD)
  • Delphin Voyager                                                  (Delphin Maritime)
  • Vistamar                                                              (Ligabue)
  • Pullmantur Zenith                                                (Pullmantur)
  • Peace Boat

SHIPS THAT ARRIVED IN IZMIR IN 2011:

  • Aida Aura                                                          (Aida Cruises)
  • Aida Diva                                                           (Aida Cruises)
  • Aida IV Yatı
  • CLUB MED II                                                     (Club Med)
  • Corinthian II                                                       (Corintian II Owner LTD)
  • Costa Allegra                                                     (Costa Crociere) 
  • Costa Atlantica                                                   (Costa Crociere) 
  • Costa Favolosa                                                  (Costa Crociere) 
  • Costa Marina                                                      (Costa Crociere) 
  • Costa Mediterranea                                            (Costa Crociere) 
  • Costa Pacifica                                                     (Costa Crociere) 
  • Costa Romantica                                                 (Costa Crociere) 
  • Costa Serena                                                      (Costa Crociere) 
  • Happy Dolphin                                                     (Happy Cruises)                                         
  • Iberocruceros G. Celebration                              (Iberocruceros)
  • Louis Core Marine Louis Cristal                          (Louis Cruise Line
  • Louis Core Marine The Calypso                         (Louis Cruise Line)
  • Msc Fantasia                                                      (MSC Crociere)
  • Msc Magnifica                                                    (MSC Crociere)
  • Msc Musica                                                        (MSC Crociere)
  • Msc Splendida                                                   (MSC Crociere)             
  • MV Black Watch                                                 (Fred Olsen Cruise Line)
  • Norwegian Jade                                                 (NCL)
  • Ocean Majesty                                                   (Majestic Cruise Lines)
  • Oceania Marina                                                 (Prestige Cruise Holidays)
  • P&0 Adonia                                                       (P&O Cruises)
  • Pullmantur Horizon                                           (Pullmantur)
  • Queen Victoria                                                  (Cunard Cruise Line)
  • The World                                                         (Residensea)
  • Thomson T. Celebration                                    (Thomson Cruises)
  • Vistamar                                                            (Ligabue)

SHIPS THAT ARRIVED IN IZMIR IN 2012:

  • Aegean Odyssey                                             (Voyages of Antiquity)
  • Aegean Paradise                                         
  • Aida Aura                                                        (Aida Cruises)
  • Aida Diva                                                        (Aida Cruises)             
  • Carnival Breeze                                              (Carnival Cruise Line)
  • Costa Atlantica                                               (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Fascinosa                                             (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Favolosa                                               (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Magica                                                  (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Medıterranea                                        (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Pacifica                                                 (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Serena                                                  (Costa Crociere)
  • Corinthian II
  • Iberocruceros Grand Celebration                     (Iberocruceros)
  • Louis Cristal                                                      (Louis Cruises)
  • Louis Orient Queen                                           (Louis Cruises)
  • Minerva                                                             (Swan Hellenic)
  • Msc Divina                                                        (Msc Crociere)
  • Msc Magnifica                                                  (Msc Crociere)
  • Msc Orchestra                                                  (Msc Crociere)              
  • Norwegian Jade                                               (NCL)
  • Norwegian Spirit                                              (NCL)
  • P&O Arcadia                                                    (P&O Cruises)
  • P&O Aurora                                                     (P&O Cruises)
  • P&O Azura                                                       (P&O Cruises)
  • P&O Oriana                                                     (P&O Cruises)
  • Queen Elizabeth                                              (Cunard Cruises)
  • Pullmantur Zenith                                             (Pullmantur Cruises)
  • Seabourn Odyssey                                          (Yachts of Seabourn)
  • Seabourn Quest                                              (Yachts of Seabourn)
  • Seadream                                                        (Seadream)
  • Thomson T. Celebration                                   (Thomson Cruises)
  • To Callisto

SHIPS THAT ARRIVED IN IZMIR IN 2013:

  • Aegean Odyssey                                          (Voyages of Antiquity)
  • Aida Aura                                                      (Aida Cruises)
  • Artania                                                          (Phoneix Reisen)
  • Black Watch                                                  (Fred Olsen)
  • Carnival Conquest                                         (Carnival Cruise Line)
  • Carnival Glory                                                (Carnival Cruise Line)
  • Costa Classica                                              (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Deliziosa                                             (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Fascinosa                                           (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Magica                                                (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Mediterranea                                      (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Pacifica                                               (Costa Crociere)
  • Cyristal Serenity                                           (Crystal Cruises)
  • Delphin                                                          (Hansa Kruzerfahrten)
  • Iberocruceros Grand Celebration                  (Iberocruceros)
  • Hamburg                                                        (Plantours)
  • Msc Divina                                                      (Msc Crociere)
  • Msc Fantasia                                                  (Msc Crociere)
  • Msc Magnifica                                                (Msc Crociere)
  • Norwegian Jade                                              (NCL)
  • Norwegian Spirit                                              (NCL)
  • P&O Arcadia                                                    (P&O Cruises)
  • Queen Elizabeth                                             (Cunard Cruises)
  • Sea Dream1                                                    (Seadream Yacht Club)
  • Seabourn Odyssey                                         (Yacths of Seabourn)
  • Seabourn Spirit                                              (Yachts of Seabourn)
  • Pullmantur Zenith                                          (Pullmantur)

SHIPS THAT ARRIVED IN IZMIR IN 2014:

  • Aegean Odyssey                                            (Voyages of Antiquity)
  • Aida Aura                                                       (Aida Cruises)
  • Artania                                                           (Phoneix Reisen)
  • Balmoral                                                        (Fred Olsen)
  • Baudicca                                                        (Fred Olsen)
  • Costa Classica                                               (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Deliziosa                                               (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Magica                                                  (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Neoromantica                                        (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Pacifica                                                  (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Serena                                                   (Costa Crociere)
  • Hamburg                                                          (Plantours)
  • Msc Armonia                                                    (Msc Crociere)
  • Msc Fantasia                                                    (Msc Crociere)
  • Msc Preziosa                                                    (Msc Crociere)
  • Norwegian Jade                                                         (NCL)

SHIPS THAT ARRIVED IN IZMIR IN 2015:

  • Aegean Odyssey                                        (Aegean Experience)
  • Celestial Cristal                                           (Celestial Cruises)
  • Celestial Odysey                                         (Celestial Cruises)
  • Century                                                       (Pullmantur)
  • Costa NeoClassica                                      (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Deliziosa                                            (Costa Crociere)
  • Costa Pacifica                                              (Costa Crociere)
  • Crystal Serenity                                           (Crystal Cruises)
  • Hal Prinsendam                                          (Holland America Line)
  • Horizon                                                        (Pullmantur)
  • La Belle D’Adriatique                                   (Croisimer)
  • Ms Europa                                                   (Hapag Lloyd Cruises)
  • Msc Fantasia                                              (Msc Crociere)
  • Msc Magnifica                                             (Msc Crociere)
  • Msc Opera                                                   (Msc Crociere)
  • Msc Poesia                                                  (Msc Crociere)
  • Oceania Nautica                                           (Oceania Cruises)
  • Queen Victoria                                             (Cunard Cruise Line)
  • Seacloud                                                      (Seadream Cruises)
  • Seabourn Odysey                                        (Yacths of Seabourn)
  • Seven Seas Mariner                                    (Regent Seven Seas)
  • Thomson Spirit                                             (Thomson Cruises)