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Cruises to Antalya

Antalya (Photo:Alex Tihonovs/Shutterstock)
Antalya (Photo:Alex Tihonovs/Shutterstock)

About Antalya

Antalya is a cliff-top city in Turkey, set among palm-fronded boulevards that emanate from its winding historic core. The eastern Mediterranean port stands against the stunning backdrop of the Taurus Mountains. King Attalus II of Pergamum turned this safe harbor into a naval base in the first century B.C., and you'll still encounter the occasional Roman ruins site as you walk around.

For centuries, the city's economy was based on its port, but large-scale development in the 1970s transformed Antalya from a pastoral town into one of Turkey's largest metropolitan areas. Much of this development has been because of tourism, which continues to expand in the 21st century.

Antalya is a popular holiday destination for the British and for other western Europeans. In addition to miles of beaches, the port offers cultural attractions like the nearby Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival (held annually in June and July) and its own jazz and film festivals. Natural wonders to enjoy include a number of waterfalls tumbling into the sea and archaeological day trips to Perge, Side, Phaselis and Demre.

The main attraction of the city is its old port -- these days used by fishing boats and "Pirates of the Caribbean"-themed pleasure craft -- which is ringed by cafes and even offers its own small pebble beach.

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DAY 1: Istanbul

20 Night
Cruise to Antalya

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Istanbul
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Athens
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DAY 1: Istanbul

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DAY 1: Athens

15 Night
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Azamara
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22 Night
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Dubai
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21 Night
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Lisbon
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13 Night
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Rome
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10 Night
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Athens
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Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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22 Night
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Barcelona
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Costa Cruises
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30 Night
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Rome
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21 Night
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Venice
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Cruise Line:
Seabourn Cruise Line
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11 Night
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Athens
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Cruise Line:
SeaDream Yacht Club
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31 Night
Cruise to Antalya

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Genoa
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Costa Cruises
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21 Night
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Athens
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10 Night
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Antalya
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Crystal Cruises
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Rhodes
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Rome
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20 Night
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Istanbul
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Marseille
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Genoa
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Why go to Antalya?

Pros:

Divine dining options abound in this historical port city, which is known as "the Paradise of the Vegetables"

Cons:

Most ships dock at Port Akdeniz, which is 9 miles from central Antalya

Bottom Line:

The Antalya Museum is one of the most popular sites here, and archeological day trips offer a fascinating glimpse of history

Antalya Cruise Port Facilities?

There is an information desk and cafe in the terminal building. There is also free Wi-Fi but no Internet cafe. There are ATMs in the adjacent marina.

As you exit the terminal, there is nothing except waiting taxis and a long, dusty road that eventually leads to the Konyaalti beaches if you turn right.

Good to Know?

Don't overtip. Tipping is a European and American tradition that has only recently been introduced to Antalya by tourists. There is no percentage that you are expected to add for wait staff, taxi drivers or hotel porters. If you feel you have received good service, just round up the bill or throw in some change.

Getting Around?

By Tram: Antalya's "Tramvay" has 10 stops and provides the simplest way to travel from one end of town to the other. You pay the driver half a lira as you board, then you exit through the rear door. The tram runs from the Antalya Museum (the stop nearest to Konyaalti beaches), along Cumhuriyet Caddesi, Ataturk Caddesi and Isiklar Caddesi. Some enterprising people take a cab as far the museum and then save money by taking the tram into town.

By Taxi: Taxis are yellow cabs and metered (but make sure it's switched on). They are plentiful and can be hailed at the roadside. You'll also find taxis accumulating outside the main gate of Akdeniz Port.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The Turkish lira (TRY) has bank notes with the face of Kemal Ataturk, the first president of Turkey, on them. For current currency-conversion figures visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com.

A number of banks with ATMs are located on Kazim Ozalp Caddesi. Several currency exchange offices displaying the "doviz" sign can also be found in the same street. Shop around for the best rates; they can vary greatly in Antalya.

ATMs belonging to Finansbank, Denizbank and Isbank are located along Ismet Pasa Caddesi and Isiklar Caddesi. Most offer screen text in English as well as Turkish. Some even offer the option of French and German.

Some enterprising vendors will also accept payments in dollars, pounds and euros, although the exchange rates won't do you any favors.

Language?

More English is spoken along this coastline than anywhere else in Turkey, with the exception of Istanbul. A few Turkish phrases will, however, be gracefully received by your hosts.

Merhaba (MARE-ha-ba): Hello
Hoscakal (Hose-CHECK-all): Goodbye
Tesekkur ederim (Tesh-che-cur-dem): Thank you
Evet (eh-VET): Yes
Ingilizce biliyor musunuz? (ing-geh-LIZ-jay bill-E-or mus-un-uz): Do you speak English?

Where You're Docked?

All but the smallest ships dock at Port Akdeniz -- Antalya which has two berths for cruise liners and a marina with 250 berths and a 150-yacht dry-dock capacity. The terminal building was renovated in 2010 and has plans to house a duty-free shopping area. It's located nine miles to the west of the historic center of Antalya. Transfers into Antalya are usually provided by individual cruise lines, but there are usually taxis at the gate offering a flat rate of 15 euros (about $20) for four people into the city center past the Konyaalti beaches.

Akdeniz -- Antalya has plans to become a major turnaround/homeport serving the Mediterranean (Akdeniz is the Turkish name for Mediterranean).

Stores, restaurants and ATMs are located at the Celebi Yacht Marina, a mere five minutes' walk from the cruise terminal.


Antalya Cruise Reviews

tring
Sail Date: Sep 2015
We got the shuttle bus into the town, then took the tram to the Archaeological Museum which had some really good statues and other things from the sites in that area of Turkey. We then returned to the centre of... Read More
Marella Spirit
Jimmywayhay
Sail Date: May 2015
Marmaris ,was fine ,with plenty of shops bars etc and Icemeler is only a short distance away with a nice beach .We decided to have a lazy day onboard .... Read More
Marella Spirit
Sycamoregirl
Sail Date: Mar 2015
Taxi drivers and boat owners touting for business. Pleasant town a short distance from where ship docks. Not worth taking excursion, unless want to see view from castle at top of very, very steep hill.... Read More
Marella Celebration
area
Sail Date: May 2014
This port was negotiable in my scooter but a bit of high ramps . We were given help when needed and so I did not feel a encumberment.... Read More
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