Viking Sky calls Istanbul to revive cruise industry

Published on : Saturday, October 16, 2021

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Galataport Istanbul welcomed the Viking Sky, on Friday, October 15, in a sign of revitalized cruise tourism at Turkey, according to a press release.


Carrying approximately 500 passengers, Viking Sky arrived from Kuşadası, Turkey, before arriving to Galataport Istanbul at 3:00 pm local time on October 15.



The ship will depart Galataport on Monday, October 18 at 6:00 pm local time for Kuşadası.

Galataport Istanbul Cruise Port continues to welcome new guests to our main port and lifestyle destination, said Figen Ayan, Galataport Istanbul Chief Port Officer.



The arrival of Viking Sky is the result of many entities working together over many months to make this moment a reality.

Home to state-of-the-art cruise facilities including the world’s first underground cruise ship terminal, Galataport Istanbul can accommodate three ships and 15,000 passengers a day.



It includes oasis class cruise ships with 8,000 passengers including crew, and features a 29,000 sq m Galataport Istanbul Cruise Ship Terminal designed with a unique hatch system that creates a temporary customs area while a ship is in port.

The hatch system converts Istanbul’s port into a promenade in an area that has been closed to public access for 200 years.


After the ship departs, the coastline is left free. Upcoming calls for 2021 at Galataport Istanbul include Seven Seas Splendor, Spirit of Discovery, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Getaway, Viking Venus and Astoria Grande.


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