We had arrived in Istanbul a few days early. If you want to get there early just grab a cab. There are plenty of them outside the airport. Not all cab drivers speak english. I had a address and a map with the hotel we wanted to go to. This made it easy for us and the cab driver. When we did arrive at the ship it was early in the day, around noontime the porters had our bags on a conveyer belt as soon as we stopped at the port. Check in was a breeze. Email if you have any questions. Oh one more thing they will take dollars in Istanbul. It should be around 10.00 to the port from the airport.