Great news for Africa overlanders who don't want to drive their vehicle or ride their motorbike through the Middle East and for anyone who simply loves good old fashioned ferry travel.
The opening of the ferry route is part of the new Ro-Ro transportation agreement between Turkey and Egypt. So if you've ever fancied a bit of good, old fashioned Mediterranean ferry travel here are the details I've been able to gather on the service so far:
The fantastically named vessels, The Apollonia and Nicolay Konarev, make the voyage between Mersin and Port Said four times weekly in total.
The cost is US$300 per passenger
or, US$450 per passenger with motorbike
or, approx US$800 per passenger with car (depending on size of vehicle)
There are also customs and agency clearing fees on top of this which will mount up if you're travelling with a vehicle.
If you're on the Egypt side you need to contact A.K Naggar Shipping.
8 Palastin Street, Elmesageria Building 4th Floor
Port Said, Egypt
Tel: +20 (66) 333-3865 / 332-3820
A good point of contact is Hend Shamsia (email@example.com) who speaks English and is quick to reply to emails.
The traveller website Horizons Unlimited also has a dedicated forum thread with up-to-date information on this ferry route.