WHILE Turkey’s cruise passenger traffic stood at 118,087 people in the first half of the year, these passenger ships mostly visited Kuşadası.

According to data compiled from the General Directorate of Maritime Commerce, a total of 131 cruise ships docked at 15 ports in Turkey during the January-to-June period this year.

The number of passengers arriving with these vessels was 17,623, while the number of departing passengers stood at 19,560 and the number of transit passengers was 80,904.

A total of 60  ships dropped anchor in Kuşadası compared to 12 in Çeşme, 12 in Izmir, 10 in Bodrum, nine in Marmaris, seven in Alanya, six in Antalya and four in Çanakkale, while four cruise ships visited the Istanbul Port, two docked at the Göcek Port and one vessel each was reported at the ports in Bartın, Dikili, Sinop, Trabzon and Tuzla.

Antalya became the busiest port in terms of both arrivals and departures, while Kuşadası was the busiest port in terms of transit passengers.

A total of 12,682 passengers came to Antalya Port during the January-June period and 12,830 passengers departed. In the same period, 40,197 passengers used the Kuşadası Port for transit passage.

May, June stand out as busiest months

The busiest months for cruise traffic were May and June in the first half of the year.

A total of 46 cruise ships approached the ports in Turkey in the months of May and June. The number of arriving and departing passengers in May stood at 9,025 and 9,151 respectively, while the number of transit passengers reached 29,507. In June, on the other hand, 2,660 people arrived and 3,889 people departed as well as 21,070 transit passengers.

There was no cruise ship traffic in Turkish ports during January and February. Nine vessels approached Turkish ports in March, followed by 30 cruise ships in April.