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Disney Cruise Line Sneak Peek: Port Adventures in Turkey

Arnaldo Zanonato

by , Senior Manager, Port Adventures

Are you ready for another sneak peek at the Port Adventures Disney Cruise Line is developing for our summer cruise season in the Mediterranean?

I already gave you a glimpse at what we’re working on in Venice, and today we’re headed to exotic Turkey! For a true look at the creative process we use when developing adventures ashore, take a look at this video…

Here are more details about some of the Disney-exclusive Port Adventures in Turkey…

Ephesus and St. John Archaeological Quest – After a guided tour of St. John’s Basilica, guests will join an adventure-seeking “archeologist” on his quest to locate pieces of a popular symbol found throughout the area. Teams will see and decode clues to find a piece of an ancient symbol. When all teams finish solving their set of clues, the “archeologist” puts the pieces together, but realizes there’s one piece still missing! The quest shifts to Ephesus where all teams work together to find the final missing piece of the ancient tablet.

Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures in Turkey - Ephesus and St. John Archaeological Quest

Ephesus Excavation Site with Archaeologist Encounter – At Ephesus, the most popular archeological site in the Kusadasi area, guests will get a guided tour and then be introduced to an archeologist who is currently working on the excavation (or a retired archeologist who once worked on the Ephesus site). The archeologist will share stories of past adventures and insights on what it takes to be a member of this illustrious profession. After a brief visit to an active dig site, guests will put their archeological skills to the test at an “artificial” dig site and unearth replicas of treasures found in Ephesus.

Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures in Turkey - Ephesus Excavation Site with Archaeologist Encounter

Ephesus Ruins & Sirince Village Featuring Exclusive Youth Activity – Families will explore Ephesus and then tour the narrow streets and markets in the countryside village of Sirince. They’ll end at the Artemis Restaurant, a local historic building where today a museum and restaurant operate. Here children will join Disney Cruise Line youth counselors and take part in a fun Turkish bracelet making activity, giving parents an opportunity to explore the market, sample some fruit wines or taste some local delicacies.

Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures in Turkey - Ephesus Ruins & Sirince Village Featuring Exclusive Youth Activity

Which family-friendly adventures in Turkey would you love to join?

Read these posts to learn more about Disney Cruise Line’s Mediterranean voyages:


  • Dear Mr. Zanonato,

    This post is simply incredible! These Mediterranean itineraries are so dynamic that the Disney Magic will fill up quickly, and partnered with shore excursions with Adventures by Disney guests will be completely awestruck!

    We’re proud Gold Castaway Club members and are definitely planning on sailing on one of the Mediterranean itineraries, with great excitement!

    What a job you have and if you’re ever looking for help, look no further, I am a former music teacher, have minors in Anthropology and Art History and would work really hard and enthusiastically on your team.

    Please continue to share your experiences, as I always enjoy your posts on this Blog.

    Best regards,
    Jackie P.

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