Cesme Cruise Port
The port in Cesme has been one of the ports that serve as cruise ports since 2003. A new pier was built for Ro-Ro vessels. It is also reserved for cruise ships at the existing pier. The existing port was extended to 323 meters. As a result of all these efforts, the port was transformed into a cruise port where two or four ships could berth. Thanks to its harbor, which is also mentioned in a foreign magazine, Cesme was chosen as the most developed port city with its natural structure. The document, which is an indication of this election, was also presented at the Miami Fair.
The harbor of Cesme is located at a convenient point for cruise ships traveling in the Mediterranean basin and staying in Istanbul. It is located closer to Istanbul than the port in Kuşadası. Cesme port is suitable for intermediate accommodation point for ships passing by Greek islands and Istanbul. Cesme also has many tourist attractions. Therefore, 16 ships to Cesme port in 2010 were 9,247 passengers, 89 passengers in 1 ship in 2011, 4,787 passengers in 25 ships in 2012, 62,741 passengers in 54 ships in 2013, 62,115 passengers in 57 ships in 2014, In 2015, there were 40,772 passengers with 41 ships, 57,987 passengers with 68 ships in 2016, 66,021 passengers with 62 ships in 2017, 51,054 passengers with 35 ships in 2018, and 41,063 passengers with 25 ships until September 2019. Cesme port is the main port by many Turkish cruise operator companies because it is a takeoff-landing port.
The center of Cesme is within walking distance of the harbor. There are also several beaches within a few hundred kilometers of the harbor. Ilica, Alacati, beaches are among the places that attract attention to tourists.
The Cesme cruise port is an attractive point because there is a distance of 130 miles between İzmir and Cesme. It takes eight hours for a large ship to follow this road over the sea. However, after anchoring in Cesme, it will take an hour to go to Izmir by bus.