In 2023, 1,542,522 tourists arrived in Türkiye by cruise ship, according to data released by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.

According to the disclosed data, a total of 1,542,522 visitors arrived at Turkish ports in 2023. Kuşadası received the highest share of cruise tourism (779,434 people), followed by İstanbul (402,729 people) and Bodrum in third place (101,159 people).

Port Total Cruise Passengers
Alanya 19,119
Amasra 14,962
Antalya 34,423
Bodrum 101,159
Bozcaada 6,311
Çanakkale 19,672
Çeşme 52,030
Dikili 6,530
Fethiye 68
Göcek 691
Istanbul 402,729
İzmir 38,500
Kaş 1,777
Kuşadası 779,434
Marmaris 26,347
Samsun 3,263
Sinop 9,554
Trabzon 15,785
Ünye 10,168
Total 1,542,522

Türkiye has several popular cruise ports that cater to both domestic and international cruise ships. Some of the notable Turkish cruise ports include:

İstanbul: İstanbul, located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, is a major cruise port with historical landmarks such as the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace.

Kuşadası: This port is often a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the Mediterranean.

Bodrum: Known for its charming atmosphere, Bodrum offers a mix of historical sites, beautiful beaches, and a vibrant nightlife.

Antalya: Situated on the Turkish Riviera, Antalya is a popular port with a mix of ancient ruins, modern amenities, and stunning coastal scenery.

Marmaris: Marmaris is a picturesque port town with a well-protected harbor, surrounded by mountains and pine forests.

İzmir: The port of İzmir provides access to attractions like the ancient city of Smyrna and the nearby ruins of Ephesus.

These ports offer a rich blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, making them attractive stops for cruise passengers exploring the Mediterranean region. Keep in mind that the popularity of specific ports may vary depending on cruise itineraries and preferences.