Galataport Istanbul, which transforms the city’s historic port into a world-class cruise port and district of culture, art, shopping and dining, hosts the Viking Venus cruise ship with a capacity of 930 passengers. Arrived in Istanbul on the afternoon of November 23, the ship will leave Istanbul on November 26.
Galataport Istanbul, which has become the focal point of Istanbul since its opening, welcomes the last ship of the year. Galataport Istanbul hosted a total of 1 cruise ships and around 8 passengers, including the crew, as well as Venus Viking, in October 7000 when the voyages began. Viking Venus, with a total capacity of 930 passengers, will dock at Galataport Istanbul today and remain in the port for 3 days. The Viking Venus departing from Kusadasi will leave the port on November 26 for the port of Piraeus, Greece.
Galataport Istanbul, which emerged as an extension of Karaköy, makes a significant contribution to Karaköy and Beyoğlu in the micro target, and to tourism, promotion and the country’s economy in the macro target.
1.5 million cruise passengers expected each year
1.5 million cruise passengers, including crew, are expected to arrive at Galataport Istanbul each year. According to data from the Ministry of Tourism, a tourist who comes to Turkey spends an average of $ 62. It is estimated that the average spending of cruise passengers coming to Galataport Istanbul will be between 400 and 600 euros. According to the 2018 International Cruise Lines Association (CLIA) report, a hop-on hop-off passenger spends $ 376 in the major port city, and a daily passenger spends $ 101. These studies reveal that visitors coming to the country on a cruise generate a much higher inflow of foreign currency than the average tourist expenditure in each country where ships call.
Galataport Istanbul Deputy Director General of Port Operations Figen Ayan is also the first
He said after the meetings he held with the MedCruise Union, for which he was elected Turkish president, they expected cruise ships to arrive intensely in Istanbul. Figen Ayan said the following about the positive results of the efforts to put Istanbul on the cruise ship route with MedCruise Union, which represents the Mediterranean basin, which is the second largest market in the world, and the visit of the Viking Venus: “As Galataport Istanbul, we are happy to welcome cruise ships. As Viking Venus is the last cruise ship this year, we also believe it may embark on additional voyages that are not in our plans. We plan to reach the passenger ship traffic in our port, which we have been expecting for years, in no time. The quay, with which we meet all international and national regulations, separated by a special cover system unique in the world, and our underground terminal, which is being implemented for the first time in the world, are already under the objective of the companies cruising. We have received nearly 2,022 ship reservations for 250. We will continue to contribute to cruise tourism with our cruise ships that we plan to welcome next year.
The coastline remains open to the public when the ship docks.
Galataport Istanbul transformed the city’s historic port into a world-class cruise port and brought innovations such as an underground terminal, a special hatch system and a temporary bonded area to the industry. While the port accommodates the cruise ship, a special cover system consisting of 176 hatches separates the bonded area and the security area (ISPS) from the part where the ship docks, creating a temporary bonded area. Thanks to this innovation, Karaköy’s unique coastline remains open, except for the part where the ship docks and is separated by hatches. All kinds of terminal, baggage and passenger passport control procedures are carried out in the world’s first underground terminal.