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About Izmir

Cradled between mountains and the Aegean Sea to the west, Turkey's third-largest city bears witness to thousands of years of turbulent history -- in the form of war, fire and earthquake. Izmir's been ruled by an Amazon queen, relocated and re-established following a dream by Alexander the Great, and thereafter razed, controlled, razed, controlled by Romans, Arabs, Selcuk Turks, Byzantines, Ottomans and modern Greeks before being reclaimed by the Turks, who expelled the Greco army in a bloody battle that left the city in ashes.

Little of the storied path of ancient Smyrna (Izmir's original name) is visible. Today, Izmir is one of Turkey's most populated (3.7 million) and most thoroughly modern cities, with the second biggest port after Istanbul. The container ships, cranes and concrete high-rises that populate the harbor are a drab sight, and, predictably, most cruise travelers bypass the city. Like Kusadasi to the south, Izmir's main virtue is its proximity to Ephesus, an incredibly well-preserved Roman city that lives up to its lofty reputation. Likewise, the ruins of Pergamum and Asclepion, an ancient Greek center of culture and health, are easily accessible and are included excursion options on all ships docking in Izmir.

The city itself is not without merit, and passengers looking to explore the sprawling cityscape in the relatively short time allotted ashore will have options. The sociable Konak Square, with its emblematic Ottoman Clock Tower, is Izmir's main gathering point for young Turks. The square leads into a long, winding Bazaar, a common site throughout Turkey (if you want to buy something, be prepared to haggle). The bayside cafes that line Birinci Kordon, a long main boulevard running parallel to the waterfront, offer the opportunity to relax, sip wine, enjoy appetizers (mezes) of local seafood and watch people wander by. The Agora, an enormous 2,000-year-old marketplace where Roman farmers and merchants once hawked cotton, olive oil and fruit, is one of the few places that has been spared from urbanization, and is a fascinating site.


Though Izmir's modern vibe may initially be off-putting, it's notable that building projects, such as the subway and high-rises buildings, have often yielded fantastic archeological finds such as roman statues and pottery, a reminder of how much history remains just below the surface.


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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Izmir

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Crete, Izmir ... see more
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    Costa Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Izmir Route (Costa Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Barcelona
    • Day 2
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Crete (Heraklion)
    • Day 5
      Izmir
    • Day 6
      Istanbul
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      Istanbul
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      Athens (Piraeus)
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      Palermo (Sicily)
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      Naples
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      Genoa
    • Day 14
      Marseille
    • Day 15
      Barcelona
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    Costa Fortuna - Costa Cruises

    European experience with American comforts

    Elegant breakfast buffet in main dining room

    Multiple entertainment options in cozy lounges

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    Costa Fortuna Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    WORSE CRUISE EVER
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Not best for Asians
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Izmir

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    Marseille
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    Genoa, Salerno ... see more
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    Costa Cruises
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    • Day 1
      Marseille
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      Genoa
    • Day 3
      Salerno
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      Catania
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      Cruising
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      Crete (Heraklion)
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      Izmir
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      Istanbul
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      Istanbul
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      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Athens (Piraeus)
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      Cruising
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      Barcelona
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      Marseille
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    Costa Diadema - Costa Cruises

    Pros

    Traveling through Europe surrounded by Europeans

    Cons

    Lack of port information, plus extra charges for items such as water with dinner

    Bottom Line

    Be prepared to go local or the ship's lively Italian vibe could drive you loco

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    Cabins4.0
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Not planing to sail Costa again
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Stay away from this ship
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  • 14 Night
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    Marseille
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    Barcelona, Crete ... see more
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    • Day 1
      Marseille
    • Day 2
      Barcelona
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Crete (Heraklion)
    • Day 6
      Izmir
    • Day 7
      Istanbul
    • Day 8
      Istanbul
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Palermo (Sicily)
    • Day 13
      Naples
    • Day 14
      Genoa
    • Day 15
      Marseille
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    Costa Fortuna - Costa Cruises

    European experience with American comforts

    Elegant breakfast buffet in main dining room

    Multiple entertainment options in cozy lounges

    Reviews

    Costa Fortuna Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

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    NWHairGal
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    This American's First Costa cruise, my (long-winded) take on Costa
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    WORSE CRUISE EVER
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Izmir

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    Genoa
    Visiting:
    Salerno, Catania ... see more
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    • Day 1
      Genoa
    • Day 2
      Salerno
    • Day 3
      Catania
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Crete (Heraklion)
    • Day 6
      Izmir
    • Day 7
      Istanbul
    • Day 8
      Istanbul
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Barcelona
    • Day 14
      Marseille
    • Day 15
      Genoa
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    Costa Diadema - Costa Cruises

    Pros

    Traveling through Europe surrounded by Europeans

    Cons

    Lack of port information, plus extra charges for items such as water with dinner

    Bottom Line

    Be prepared to go local or the ship's lively Italian vibe could drive you loco

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    Costa Diadema Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Glitz, glass and colorful neon lights reminiscent of Miami's South Beach -- there's never a dul...

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    dixieddorf
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Would rather vacation at home or anywhere else!!
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    gabbygal99
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Diadema - the good and the bad
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Izmir

    Leaving:
    Genoa
    Visiting:
    Naples, Catania ... see more
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    Costa Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Izmir Route (Costa Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Genoa
    • Day 2
      Naples
    • Day 3
      Catania
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Crete (Heraklion)
    • Day 6
      Izmir
    • Day 7
      Istanbul
    • Day 8
      Istanbul
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Barcelona
    • Day 14
      Marseille
    • Day 15
      Genoa
    Ship Details

    Costa Diadema - Costa Cruises

    Pros

    Traveling through Europe surrounded by Europeans

    Cons

    Lack of port information, plus extra charges for items such as water with dinner

    Bottom Line

    Be prepared to go local or the ship's lively Italian vibe could drive you loco

    Reviews

    Costa Diadema Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Glitz, glass and colorful neon lights reminiscent of Miami's South Beach -- there's never a dul...

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    mintyrobinson
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    OK Cruise Nothing Special
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    SteveFromFL
    Sail Date May 2019
    Bad. Horrible. Worse. Discrimination towards English speakers. Inefficiency.
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Izmir

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Marseille, Genoa ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Costa Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Izmir Route (Costa Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Barcelona
    • Day 2
      Marseille
    • Day 3
      Genoa
    • Day 4
      Naples
    • Day 5
      Catania
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Crete (Heraklion)
    • Day 8
      Izmir
    • Day 9
      Istanbul
    • Day 10
      Istanbul
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Barcelona
    Ship Details

    Costa Diadema - Costa Cruises

    Pros

    Traveling through Europe surrounded by Europeans

    Cons

    Lack of port information, plus extra charges for items such as water with dinner

    Bottom Line

    Be prepared to go local or the ship's lively Italian vibe could drive you loco

    Reviews

    Costa Diadema Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Glitz, glass and colorful neon lights reminiscent of Miami's South Beach -- there's never a dul...

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    rayquintin
    Sail Date May 2019
    The cruise was superb, cabin lovely, service top rate, ship brilliant
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    Nzimmer48
    Sail Date Apr 2019
    Not my favorite cruise
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Izmir

    Leaving:
    Marseille
    Visiting:
    Genoa, Naples ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Costa Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Izmir Route (Costa Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Marseille
    • Day 2
      Genoa
    • Day 3
      Naples
    • Day 4
      Catania
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Crete (Heraklion)
    • Day 7
      Izmir
    • Day 8
      Istanbul
    • Day 9
      Istanbul
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Barcelona
    • Day 15
      Marseille
    Ship Details

    Costa Diadema - Costa Cruises

    Pros

    Traveling through Europe surrounded by Europeans

    Cons

    Lack of port information, plus extra charges for items such as water with dinner

    Bottom Line

    Be prepared to go local or the ship's lively Italian vibe could drive you loco

    Reviews

    Costa Diadema Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Glitz, glass and colorful neon lights reminiscent of Miami's South Beach -- there's never a dul...

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    shanna1472
    Sail Date Apr 2019
    Basic cruise offerings, most things found on other cruises were extra cost
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    Geneh48
    Sail Date Apr 2019
    Disappointed with Costa
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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Izmir

    Leaving:
    Athens
    Visiting:
    Syros, Bodrum ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Seabourn Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Izmir Route (Seabourn Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 2
      Syros
    • Day 3
      Bodrum
    • Day 4
      Izmir
    • Day 5
      Canakkale
    • Day 6
      Istanbul
    • Day 7
      Istanbul
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Skopelos Island
    • Day 10
      Santorini
    • Day 11
      Spetsai
    • Day 12
      Athens (Piraeus)
    Ship Details

    Seabourn Encore - Seabourn Cruise Line

    Pros

    Beautifully designed ship with a great choice of restaurants and generous outside space

    Cons

    Could do with more shade around the pool and a bigger gym

    Bottom Line

    Gorgeous new ship with a rich, sophisticated look, superb food and an un-stuffy vibe

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    Seabourn Encore Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Seabourn Encore represents an evolution of Seabourn's popular Odyssey-class ships. It's bigger ...

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    JollyJacqTar
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Singapore to Bali
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    Mr.Bond
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Encore 24 day cruise was a great success!
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