Marmaris Cruise Port
Marmaris is a region known for its tourism types for youth life. Thanks to its developed harbors, it is an ideal area for cruise ships. Marmaris has developed itself in adventure, culture and gastronomic tourism. For this reason, it is one of the remarkable places for tourists who use cruise ships. Marmaris is located on the coast of both the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea of Mugla.
Marmaris port can accommodate 1 gigantic passenger ship and 1 medium or small scale passenger ship at the same time. Marmaris port can host 146,531 passengers with 84 ships in 2010, 170,021 passengers with 84 ships in 2011, 110,279 passengers with 88 ships in 2012, 152,685 passengers with 112 ships in 2013, 107,724 passengers with 82 ships in 2015 129,126 passengers with 83 ships, 15,628 passengers with 22 ships, 23,736 passengers with 24 ships in 2017, 5,311 passengers with 21 ships in 2018, and 35,887 passengers with 42 ships until November 2019.
Cruise tourism gathered in 2019 compared to the previous year, especially cruise ship in Marmaris as a result of frequent Pullmantur Cruise's ship has accelerated cruise tourism in Marmaris. This cruise ship with the flag of Malta and most of the Spanish people visited Marmaris harbor at different times of 2019. The Horizon vessel, which has a capacity of 1442 passengers and 620 crew, revived the local economy. Tourists visited Marmaris bazaar. They visited the castle and the marina. Many tourists went shopping, and this led to great financial support for the local people.
The interest in cruise tourism is increasing worldwide. Since there are many natural and cultural tourism areas in our country, it is suitable to be a stopping point for cruise ships. The local people of Marmaris region think that cruise tourism is the most suitable one among the sustainable tourism. It was seen that cruise tourist coming to the region for a daily period mostly turned towards cultural tourism. According to the study, the second choice of tourists was the activities for adventure tourism. Tourists who experience the delicacies of the region also liked Turkish cuisine.