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All restrictions on cruises between Greece and Turkey lifted

Galata Port Istanbul (pictured) was one of only two ports open to cruise ships until Feb. 8
All restrictions on cruise and ferry operations between Greek and Turkish ports have been lifted.

Cruising between the two countries was re-established last October but in Turkey, vessels were only permitted to call at the ports of Galata Istanbul and Kusadasi.

Since February 8, all Turkish ports have been allowed to receive cruises and ferries arriving from Greece.

‘Following strong collaboration with all stakeholders, we are pleased to communicate this news, which comes right on time for the cruise ports and cruise lines to organise the season ahead,’ commented Figen Ayan, president, MedCruise.

Ayan commended the European Union’s Healthy Gateways joint action team headed by Prof. Christos Hadjichristodoulou, CLIA Europe, cruise lines, and MedCruise employees for helping to bring about the change.

‘We, as MedCruise, will continue to develop activities and similar campaigns to support each and all members, facilitating the safety and sustainable growth of cruise activities in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas,’ she concluded.