We are taking the May19 eastern Mediterranean cruise on the Millenium from Barcelona to Instanbul. I read on some message board that Turkey requires a visa in addition to a passaport and that it costs $45 per person. Does Celebrity take care of this? Has anyone who has taken a cruise ending up in Turkey had to pay that $45?
I too am on the May 19th sailing to Istanbul. Yes, you do need a visa. We are staying 2 extra days so we needed one. We went to the nearest Turkish consulates website and printed out a form, mailed it in with our passports and 45$ with a return envelope. Took about a week.
We would also be interested in meeting others on this cruise.
Visas are only required if you are going to stay in the country after disembarking.
Even if you take a tour organized by the ship, a visa is not required. To be sure
that Turkey is not an exception, suggest your TA can verify it.