Bodrum Cruise Port hosted the Viking Sea ship, which is owned by Viking Cruises company. Offering its strategic location in the Aegean, transportation facilities as well as superior security and terminal services, Bodrum Cruise Port has become the choice of the cruise company.
Viking Sea, the first cruise ship of the season to berth to Bodrum district of Muğla, stopped by Bodrum Cruise Port for crew changes and for the purchase of supplies. The ship, which suspended its voyages with the pandemic, accepted a crew of 120 people from various parts of the world from Bodrum Cruise Port to prepare for the operation again.
Viking Sea took its crew on board after health checks. The GPH Health, Safety and Environment Protocol, which includes COVID-19 measures, was implemented during the operation process. The crew, who came one by one with the buses, provided the boarding after the fire measurements in accordance with the social distance. Within the framework of the measures taken, the crew's luggage was disinfected and taken to the terminal building. Everyone involved in the operation followed the same rules.
Bodrum Cruise Port General Manager Haluk Hızlan; “The Viking Sea voyage is an indication that the cruise industry, which was affected by COVID-2020 in 19, will begin to revive. Today, we have taken all necessary precautions in cooperation with the officials of the General Directorate of Border and Coast, Bodrum port authority, Bodrum maritime police and Bodrum Customs Directorate. The successful operation will also be an important reference for future flights. Turkey's strategic location, advanced air transport network, including Bodrum and other Turkish ports in the coming period especially with the convenience that it provides for visa applications we foresee technical expedition would happen, "he said.
Viking Sea, which has been waiting at anchor in Trieste port of Italy for a long time, will pass to Limassol port after purchasing its crew and necessary supplies from Bodrum. Viking Sea, built in 2016, has a capacity of 930 passengers.
Bodrum Cruise Port received the "Safe Travels" certificate issued by the WTTC (World Travel and Tourism Council) in 2020. As a Global Ports Holding port, GPH implements health, safety and environmental protocols.