Turkey’s Didim and Marmaris link up with Greek isles
Turkey’s Didim Cruise Port welcomed The World last Saturday. The ResidenSea ship
anchored in the sheltered bay and guests were ferried to the pier by tender for
shore excursions to The Temple of Apollo.
The World is the third cruise ship to call at Didim, located on the south-west
Aegean coast between Bodrum and Kusadasi, after Wind Star and Wind Spirit. The
latter two Windstar Cruises’ ships are expected to make 39 calls to Didim this
year. Land excursions centre on the ancient sites of Miletus, Priene and the
Temple of Apollo at Didyma. There are also sandy beaches within walking distance
of the pier.
Currently the pier at Didim is only suitable for ferries and tenders, although
it has a new passenger terminal. Next month a regular fast-ferry connection will
start to the Greek islands of Kos, Patmos and Samos, all of which are within a
radius of 30 nautical miles.
Meanhwile at nearby Marmaris Cruise Port a new excursion is being offered for
cruise guests. Passengers are able to take in the ancient history of the Greek
island of Rhodes by fast-catamaran ferry whilst their ship is docked in
Marmaris, enabling them to see two Mediterranean ports with one call. Crossing
time is just 50 minutes, giving time for land tours on the island of Rhodes
before returning to Marmaris the same day in time for their ship’s departure.
The trip has been successfully organised for Carnival Freedom’s call and
Carnival Cruise Lines will continue to offer this excursion throughout its
summer Med itineraries reports Marmaris Cruise Port, managing director, Sukru