Celebrity Constellation made her inaugural maiden call at Marmaris Cruise Port on September 24. The luxury ship came to Marmaris in the early hours of the morning with her 1,969 passengers and 906 crew members on board. This is the sixth of nine cruise ships which is making their maiden call in the port of Marmaris throughout 2011.
Once again Marmaris Cruise Port welcomed guests in traditional Turkish style. Celebrity Constellation's guests were greeted with the music and shows of the Ottoman military band, also known as the "janissary band of musicians". Marmaris Cruise Port kept the traditional style welcome with a complimentary mini Turkish bazaar at the port entrance. The guests had the chance to walk through the mini bazaar before they left to visit town and surroundings.
The mini Turkish bazaar incorporated many Turkish tastes for the guests to see and try. These included; a baklava stall, traditional Turkish ice-cream and honey doughnuts and Turkish delight. Guests were also presented with free souvenirs and gifts on behalf of Marmaris Cruise Port such as, red roses, evil eye beads, bookmarks, magnets and postcards.
The warm Marmaris weather kept guests happy as they enjoyed the various Turkish tastes and the music from the janissary band of musicians. The passengers then had the opportunity to discover Marmaris or go onto excursions of their choices.
The master of Celebrity Constellation was presented with a commemorative plaque, made of a traditional Turkish tile; a handcrafted ceramic with Ottomon Gallion motives by Marmaris Cruise Port's Marketing Director, Ipek Tugay.