Istanbul's historic Karaköy Yolcu
Salonu has been closed in preparation for construction of the new Galataport cruise ship facilities in 2015.
The Yolcu Salonu (YOHL-joo
Terminal"; number 12 on the map below) is in Karaköy (Galata),
at the southern tip of Beyoğlu,
in the shadow of Galata
where the Golden
Horn flows into the Bosphorus
The docks for cruise ships extend
along the shore from the mouth of the Golden
Horn northeastward to the Tophane and Fındıklı districts
on the Bosphorus. Al of this will be reconfigured and made into a modern cruise ship reception area as Galataport.
Until further notice, all cruise ships and passengers will use the gateway at Salıpazarı.
View Eminönü & Karaköy Ferry Docks, Istanbul in a larger map
you can easily walk or ride the Bağcılar-Kabataş
most of the most important Istanbul sights.
I don't recommend taking a taxi right from the dock—too much hanky-panky over the fare.
If you don't want to take the tram, you might prefer a private transfer.
For value-for-money guided tours without the compulsory shopping stops (waste of time...and money) of cruise-ship tours, contact Efendi
Here's more on the Salıpazar cruise ship docks.
—by Tom Brosnahan