Canakkale Cruise Port
Cruise tourism, which is in the marine-based tourism category, is a port visit activity. Time is spent at different times in different countries and different ports on a previously planned route. Usually, each port is less than twenty-four hours. Every area a passenger need is available onboard. These ships are very large, with various entertainment areas, pools, eating areas, theaters and cinemas, and even libraries. These multi-story ships are particularly suited to high-income people. Therefore, economic mobility increases in ports where cruise ships are berthed. This type of port is becoming more common in our country. The cruise port in Canakkale is located in Kepez. The port, which has the longest pier in the region with its length of 214 meters and a width of 24 meters, can dock two mega cruise ships at the same time.
Cruise ships, usually from Istanbul, anchor at this port. Tourists taking part in the trips to Canakkale center and the ancient city of Troy leave after a few hours in Canakkale. Efforts are continuing to increase the efficiency of this port. The statistics for the last 9 years are as follows: 7,670 passengers with 17 ships in 2010, 4,371 passengers with 23 ships in 2011, 4,184 passengers with 25 ships in 2012, 7,467 passengers with 36 ships in 2013, 9,999 passengers with 42 ships in 2014, 73 ships in 2015 22,494 passengers, 28 ships in 2016, 6,394 passengers, 848 passengers with 5 ships in 2017, 22 passengers with 1 ship in 2018 visited the port of Canakkale. It is stated that the number of ships in the port of Canakkale will increase with the completion of the works in Istanbul port. It was announced that the cruise ship, which consists of three thousand people, would leave about one million pounds to the tradesmen of Canakkale. This statement was made by the Head of the Department of Transportation and Coastal Structures. Because of the economic fluctuation in only a few hours, projects are prepared for the tourists coming to our country to spend a long time in our cities. Cruise tourism is an activity desired by the local people in each region. Especially with this method preferred by foreign tourists, employment opportunities in the region are increasing. The need for workers working in almost every field occurs. New workspaces are opened.