Previously, Disney Cruise Line’s Port Adventure Manager, Arnaldo Zononato, provided a sneak peek at Port Adventures in Venice, Italy. In this weeks video, which coincides well with Thanksgiving, we see what is available when the Disney Magic calls on Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey during next summer’s Mediterranean cruises.
The main attraction is the Ancient City of Ephesus, which was once the most important commercial center of the western Anatolia. Now, Ephesus, is an active archeology site. Visitors will be able to explore uncovered ruins, and watch as archeologist uncover new excavation sites.
The Basilica of St. John will be another popular site, as it is the believed burial site of St John the Apostle. A unique adventure awaits during this experience as guests will be joined by an actual archeologist who will lead a quest to discover and solve a mystery of ancient Greek symbols while exploring site.
For the foodie in your group there are adventures that include local meals, and others that will provide a history of the regions olive oil production. Some tours will visit small villages where there will be opportunities to pick up local spices.
Last, but certainly not least is another Port Adventure with an exclusive Youth Activity. Guest will visit Ephesus and the Village of Şirince. While in Şirince, the kids will have the opportunity to make bracelets with Turkish beads and symbols, while the parents can shop for local goods in the nearby bazaar.
I really like the continued effort by Disney Cruise Line to build in youth activities as part of the Port Adventures. I know from my travels as a kid to the National Parks that the most memorable moments are coupled with a unique activity. This will surely make the memory last when you can associate a destination with a fun activity.