Blue Cruise

A Blue Cruise, also known as a Blue Voyage (“Mavi Yolculuk” in Turkish), is a term used for recreational voyages along the Turkish Riviera, on Turkey’s southwestern coast. The term, which is used in Turkey’s tourism industry, has its origins in Turkish literature, deriving from the title of a book by Azra Erhat.

The term was first introduced into Turkish literature by a handful of writers, such as Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı (alias The Fisherman of Halicarnassus). The author, who had been exiled to Bodrum in 1925, fell in love with the beauty of the local landscape, with its fishing villages and sponge divers. He began taking trips with his intellectual friends on the sponge divers’ sailing boats, called gulets. These excursions became known as “Blue Cruises”. Author Sabahattin Eyüboğlu (together with his circle of family and friends) participated in Blue Cruises, as did Azra Erhat, who translated Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey into Turkish. Those who united around the literary revue “Yeni Ufuklar” (New Horizons) in the 1950s and 1960s have also contributed to the popularity of the Blue Cruise, and guidebooks have been published in Turkish and German.

You can not sum up the description of blue cruise holidays with the technical description of the ships, but you have to represent it like the sum total of relaxing atmosphere, wonderful scenery, excellent crew and great services.

Ships for gulet cruises are hand build to an ancient design but equipped with the modern interiors ready for a comfortable voyage. During the trip you visit remote spots along the coast full of ancient sites, beautiful coves and remarkable scenery.

The great thing about blue cruise ships is that they are crewed private yachts. They are meant for private groups so the trip can be completely modified by the special group wishes. The other great thing is also that the groups on a gulet cruise trips are traveling without moving. You are going from place to place without packing your bags and moving every day from hotel to hotel and from bus to bus. You do not have to make check in and check out every day. On gulets it is total relaxation while checking different scenery every day.

Blue voyage is really like no trip you have ever experienced before. The service the care and the concern of interests are superb. The food the friendship and the intimate encounter with the past are the things that will not let you stay indifferent. Renting a gulet is truly cruising in style.