BLUE CRUISE TURKEY INFO
ORIGINS OF THE BLUE CRUISE IN TURKEY
Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli, a political writer who spent a number of years in Bodrum, can be called the founder of the modern Blue Voyage or Blue Cruise. Around 60 years ago, CevatSakir, who ironically was exiled because of some of his writings, found paradise on the southwest coast of Turkey, so he settled in Bodrum and adopted the name, the "Fisherman of Halicarnassus", writing stories about the town and its fishermen. Cevat went on many cruises with the fishermen of Bodrum until he knew the coves and bays of the Gulf of Gokova very intimately. When friends from Istanbul dropped in, he took the opportunity to introduce them to the fisherman's way of life, and the word started to spread about this undiscovered paradise. Now you too can experience this type of unique sea voyage with a traditional Turkish gulet.
BEST MONTHS TO TAKE A BLUE CRUISE
If you are the type who wants to be in Turkey when the action is, you will want to visit in high season between the end of June and the beginning of September. The Mediterranean and Aegean coastal areas are getting full with thousands of visitors coming daily. Restaurants, bars and nightclubs are in full swing. In July and August the days are long and hot and the nights are warm. Prices for the gulet cruise and accommodation is the highest at this time. If you want more peace and quiet, yet splendid weather, try a visit in June or September. The water in September can be especially warm in certain places. The off-season of late April, May and October offer excellent sailing conditions and the opportunity to go trekking or fishing. It is still warm enough to swim in most places.
ABOUT THE GULETS
A gulet is a wooden-hulled boat, which evolved from the traditional fishing and cargo vessels into its present form with a broad beam and a wide deck. Gulets are constructed mainly in the shipyards of Bodrum, Bozburun, Marmaris and Istanbul, but also along the Black Sea coast. Gulets are equipped with motors as well as fully functional rigging but rarely sail and cannot be considered to be a sailboat. The number of passengers a gulet carries depends on the boat's size, although most of them accommodate between eight and twelve people. Yachts are generally 14 - 32 meters long and have 3 - 10 cabins,with berths for up to 20 people. The crew sleeps and uses the facilities of their separate quarters. The gulet will typically be made of pinewood with teak interior. Gulets are equipped with one or two masts, but because of their weight, they are in fact more suitable for cruising than for sailing. Gulets cruise well, and are very comfortable, usually with large living areas and wide sundecks.
Gulet cabins have either a double berth, or a double berth lower and a single upper (bunk-berths). Every cabin has a wardrobe for hanging clothes and a number of drawers. There is also room for stowing bags and bulky items. Double berths are not the same size as double beds and due to the shape of the gulet; the bed may be narrower at the foot. Gulet cabins are equipped with private WC and shower with hot/cold water. The shared living areas on a gulet consist of an indoor sitting or dining area (some have an aft area that may be covered), an aft deck for dining and lounging in the shade of a sun awning and a forward deck with sun-beds. All yachts have a tender with either oars or an outboard engine. Those yachts that offer optional water-skiing have powerful out- board engines, while the outboards of others are designed purely for getting to shore and back.
All yachts are equipped for safety, have a VHF radio, a stereo cassette player and a selection of cassettes. Many of the newer vessels have a cellular telephone, a TV, a video player and a CD player. Standard yachts used on cabin charters do not have air-conditioning, but there are air-conditioned gulets available for private charter. The electricity of most yachts runs at 12 V / 24 V. Please consider this if you wish to bring battery-operated or electric shavers, videos, portable PC's, etc.
A yacht's galley is always well equipped and the cook takes pride in creating tasty dishes using fresh fish, meat and vegetables. Gulets have refrigerator and deep freeze. Please inform us if you have any preferences, allergies or special dietary requirements. The cook will then try to fulfill your requirements as far as possible.
BLUE CRUISE ROUTES
We offer programs starting from Bodrum, Marmaris and Fethiye that cover 4 days and 3 nights or 8 days and 7 nights. There are also programs that go to the Greek Islands. We can offer both cabin charter and private gulet tours.