Blue Cruise and Turkey are synonymous with each other because, after all, it is where the famed Blue Cruise was invented.
What is a Turkish Blue Cruise?
Well the term has been around since the 1920s and is largely credited to Turkish writer Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli, also known as ‘The Fisherman of Halicarnassus’.
He was responsible for bringing those cruises to popularity after he fell in love with the then sleepy fishing town of Bodrum and enjoyed many a cruise on the local sponge divers’ boats, called gulets.
In the 1950s and 1960s the Blue Cruise again rose in popularity and as it did, the original gulets that were used have become more and more luxurious.
Today, these beautiful two-masted sailing vessels are seen frequently sailing the waters of the Aegean Sea, and they are completely kitted out with many of the luxuries you would find in a top class luxury hotel; except this one floats and moves all along the coastline.
Luxurious Gulet Charters
You don’t have to be a keen yachtsman to appreciate the beauty of a gulet.
These hand-crafted yachts are meticulously well built using local pine and mulberry that usually comes from the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, and oak and chestnut from the Black Sea coast.
One special feature of gulets these days is their large deck spaces where guests can sit and lounge around, enjoying the passing scenery, and although you’ll find many common features among the Blue Cruise gulets there are also differences.
The level of luxury, for example, does vary, as does their overall size. The most luxurious will be kitted out with air conditioning and lots of additional features such as water toys for fun on the water.
Below decks there can be a number of individual cabins with bathrooms, as well as an inviting salon and dining area if you want to eat below deck. Food, by the way, is all cooked for you by the Turkish crew who you’ll find are extremely friendly and welcoming, yet if you prefer to be left to your own devices they will respect this.
The crew has their own quarters and they take care of everything for you, almost like on a large cruise ship, though this is where the similarities end!