Ege Port Kusadasi has welcomed its first international cruise ship, Gemini, since the COVID-19.
Gemini has arrived from Piraeus Cruise Port with 45 personnel on board, whom upon arrival were scanned with thermal cameras, as well as go through health checks in the Ege Port Kusadasi terminal by General Directorate of Border and Coastal Health of Turkey.
Aziz Güngör, East Med Regional Director at Global Ports Holding and General Manager at Ege Port Kusadasi, stated that after the Covid-19 Pandemic period which affected the world and caused the cruise tourism to pause around the world, the first international cruise ship, Gemini has been welcomed at Ege Port Kusadasi. He said: `Due to the ongoing Covid-19, with the coordination of our Ministry of Health, we have taken all necessary precautions for the cruise ship and its crew arriving at Ege Port Kuşadası. Our port has been certified with the "Safe Travels" certification by WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council) - and has safety & health protocols against Covid-19.”
“In 2020, our last ship berthed on March 13th. After a break of five and a half months, we are excited to host a cruise ship at Ege Port Kuşadası. A technical voyage was organized to our port with 45 crew on the Bahama-flagged cruise ship named Gemini. The ship will use our port as a base in order to meet all of its needs in 2020 and preparations for the 2021 cruise season ” said Güngör.
With some expectations of cruise ships to start voyages in the Mediterranean in the upcoming period, Güngör said, "The reservations by the cruise lines for 2021 period continue to be strong and in high demand."