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Alanya welcomes TUI Group pair as 2015 season opens

Thomson Spirit and Europa at Alanya's dedicated cruise berth
Alanya Cruise Port’s season kicked off Thursday with visits from ships belonging to the UK and German lines in the TUI Group.

Sitting alongside each other in glorious sunshine, Thomson Spirit joined Hapag Lloyd Cruises’ Europa in a rare meeting that illustrates the breadth of the cruise offering across the integrated tourism group.

Turkey’s Alanya is the first port of call in a series of regular “Ancient Affair” cruises from Thomson Spirit’s homeport of Limassol through March and April that combines Cyprus, Turkey, Greece and Israel.

In May, the Thomson Cruises’ vessel then moves to its summer homeport of Marmaris, but continues to call at Alanya. Altogether the ship will call 13 times this year.

Europa is sailing a longer cruise exploring visiting a number of countries focusing on history and archaeology.

Alanya Cruise Port is dedicated to cruising, with no cargo, ferry or naval traffic  with ancient historic sites and some of the best beaches in the Eastern Mediterranean within very short distance from the cruise berth.