GALATAPORT ISTANBUL’S STATE-OF-THE-ART CRUISE FACILITIES AND LIFESTYLE DESTINATION TO BEGIN WELCOMING GUESTS IN 2021
$1.7 Billion Arts, Culture, Cruise and Lifestyle Project to Feature World’s First Underground Cruise Ship Terminal
This year, Galataport, a new social, cultural and lifestyle destination, located on almost a mile of coastline on the Bosphorus, will open in Istanbul in the city’s Karakoy district. The $1.7 billion project is set to revive and redefine Istanbul’s historic port as an exciting lifestyle destination and is projected to welcome 25 million visitors, including seven million tourists and 1.5 million cruise passengers and crew per year.
Galataport Istanbul will be home to state-of-the-art cruise facilities including the world’s first underground cruise ship terminal. The 29,000 sqm Galataport Istanbul Cruise Ship Terminal, designed with a unique hatch system, creates a temporary customs area while a ship is in port, which converts Istanbul’s historic port into a unique promenade in an area that has been closed to public access for 200 years, and leaves the coastline free after the ship departs.
Positioned as a main port that will revitalize cruise tourism from the Mediterranean basin to the Black Sea, Galataport Istanbul is capable of accommodating three ships and 15,000 passengers a day. Galataport Istanbul is ready to accept cruise passengers and cruise activities are scheduled to start in September 2021 with Eurodam, Costa Crociere, Norwegian Cruise Line, Viking Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, to name a few.
Galataport Istanbul management also announced hiring FINN Partners, a global integrated marketing communications agency based in New York City to promote the port and its cruise and lifestyle offerings to the North American travel and cruise industry through media relations, events, thought leadership, events and strategic partnerships.
In addition to a world-class cruise port, Galataport Istanbul will serve as an exciting lifestyle destination offering, arts and culture, gastronomy and shopping, as well as visitor and resident attractions and amenities, including a Renzo Piano-designed new museum building of Istanbul Modern, the first contemporary and modern arts museum of Turkey founded in 2004.
Additional cultural amenities include The Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum and the Tophane Square which, with a specially restored Tophane Clock Tower dating back to 1848 as its centerpiece, will become the first museum square in Turkey. Additional historical buildings are undergoing restorations that will preserve the heritage and authenticity of the region. In addition to the three heritage buildings restored under the project, namely the Merkez Han, Karakoy Passenger Terminal and Çinili Han, Peninsula Istanbul presents the city a new ballroom with a guillotine glass exterior wall that opens in 90 seconds. In 2022, the 177-room The Peninsula Istanbul hotel will welcome guests.
“Galataport Istanbul is an inspiration for ports of the future,” said Figen Ayan, Galataport Istanbul CPO. “This heritage project saw multiple feats of engineering achieved by the close cooperation of Turkish engineers and international consultants to create the project’s most significant and unique aspects – the world’s first underground terminal building with a unique hatch system creating a temporary customs area and security area.”
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About Galataport Istanbul
Covering 1.2 km of coastline on Bosphorus, Galataport Istanbul is one of the world’s most prominent projects with an investment cost of $1.7 billion. Galataport Istanbul brings together several functions in a single project, which makes it unique not only in Turkey but also worldwide. The project hosts the world’s first underground cruise ship terminal with a unique hatch system, connected to an underground terminal, both of which have already received great global praise. Thanks to this innovation, Karakoy’s unique coastline will be open to public access after 200 years and become one of the most special promenades of Istanbul. Galataport Istanbul welcomes residents and visitors of Istanbul as an iconic intersection of the old and the new. Accessible and low-rise buildings, neighborhood concept in harmony with the historical texture of the area, and alternative means of transport among other amenities of the project offer its guests a breath of fresh air in a healthy and safe spot for art and culture, shopping, gastronomy and working. Heritage buildings within the project site have been restored to embellish the city once again. The oldest building on the pier, the Paket Postanesi (The Post Office Fashion Galleria) will be a landmark of the project with its characteristic slated roofs and exterior facades. Three heritage buildings, namely the Merkez Han, Karakoy Passenger Terminal and Çinili Han are also undergoing restorations to serve as the location of the Peninsula Istanbul hotel. Part of the Peninsula Hotels brand, which has investments in 10 prestigious locations across the globe, the 177-room Peninsula Istanbul will be situated right across the city’s historical peninsula. Galataport Istanbul houses the finest works of art in Turkey with the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Istanbul Museum of Painting and Sculpture, both of which are located inside its premises. Also undergoing landscaping work under the project, the historical Tophane Square will be the first museum square of Istanbul. The Tophane Clock Tower located in the center of this square, which dates back to 1848, is renovated with a special technique that involves lifting the tower. Galataport Istanbul is expected to receive 25 million visitors including 7 million foreign guests and also draw about 1.5 million cruise ship passengers and crew to Istanbul.
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