It’s also a rising trend in Turkey and its region. On their September trip to neighboring Greece, there will be no alcohol, no pork-related products and no gambling.
Everything on board will be in accordance with Islamic religious values, including segregated sports centers, single spa facilities, separate Turkish baths and masjids or small prayer rooms.
Explaining the concept behind the halal cruise, Fusion Tour general manager Kemal Gunay told, Turkish Anadolu news agency, “It will not be just a cruise which does not have alcohol or pork-related products; it will be a cultural and historical tour which promises an atmosphere of social networking.”
Turkey’s first Muslim friendly cruise themed “On the track of the Ottomans” will leave a port in Turkey’s western Izmir province on September 27 and take passengers to the Greek islands of Rhodes and Crete as well as the port city of Piraeus by October 2.
The cruise is not only targeting the indigenous Turkish population but Muslims in general.
According to the Turkish Statistics Institute, Turkey saw almost 50% rise in the number of Arab tourists visiting the country in 2014.
In Turkey, The number of halal hotels and tour agents has been increasing over the last 15 years.