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10 Issues to Know When Reserving a Gulet Yacht Cruise in Turkey


Crusing on a conventional gulet yacht across the southwestern coast of Turkey is a vacation expertise for the books! Solar, Aegean sea breeze, spectacular surroundings, nice meals, skilled hospitality, and a style of native tradition are issues you’ll be able to count on. If these sound interesting to you, listed below are 10 issues we predict you may need to know when reserving a gulet yacht cruise in Turkey.

1. How to decide on the fitting gulet yacht firm

Selecting the best gulet yacht firm is the primary and most essential step when reserving a gulet yacht cruise vacation in Turkey. One of the simplest ways to decide on is absolutely to hunt out dependable critiques from individuals who have used particular firms or sailed with particular crews prior to now.

Our Turkish gulet yacht firm of alternative is ScicSailing. We have now sailed with them across the Bodrum peninsula (aka the ‘Turkish Riviera’) a number of occasions and each journey has been a memorable expertise for all the fitting causes. We are able to vouch for his or her excessive stage of professionalism – from visitor reserving to pre-boarding and off-boarding to their expert and hospitable crews.

ScicSailing yachts are maintained to a excessive normal and completely cleaned earlier than, throughout, and after journeys. Gulet yachts now we have sailed on have been effectively stocked with meals, drinks, and security tools.

2. Is Turkey protected?

Turkey is a large nation that spans a number of time zones and cultures. She additionally shares borders with a number of international locations. Turkey’s distinctive geopolitical state of affairs introduces its personal set of complexities. Nevertheless, in our expertise, the southwestern coast of Turkey the place we sometimes go gulet yacht crusing is understood to be peaceable and customarily protected. Nevertheless, see the newest FCO journey recommendation (UK).

Picture: @TheTravellingSensei on the ScicSailing gulet yacht Nemesis

3. What itineraries can be found?

ScicSailing gulet yacht cruises provide totally different itineraries across the Aegean Sea. When selecting an itinerary, you’ll be able to work together with your liaison individual to request particular stops within the area you’re exploring.

Over a 7-day cruise, you’ll be able to count on round two to 3 organised land-based excursions. Excursions are constructed across the pursuits of the visitors. They vary from picturesque climbing, 4×4 jeep safariing, touring native villages and historic websites, to fantastically crafted meals experiences. In case your group desires to spend extra time at sea and fewer time on land, that may be organized as effectively.

4. Cabin measurement and privateness on a gulet yacht cruise

Cabins on a gulet yacht are actually on the cosy facet. Nevertheless, there are a number of room varieties and configurations obtainable. These embody double beds that might be a better option for {couples} and plus-size travellers. When reserving your cabin, converse together with your liaison about your specific wants. Our expertise with ScicSailing is that they’ll often discover one thing that fits every visitor.

Cabins share shut proximity and whereas your visible privateness is assured, the partitions are skinny. Additionally, understand that sounds can journey a lot additional while you’re on a yacht on a quiet sea and in a distant space with none noise air pollution.

5. What measurement of baggage is appropriate for a gulet yacht cruise?

Maintain it easy. Gulet yachts are extra suited to smaller items of baggage i.e., carry-on-sized baggage. Add a backpack to that and it is best to have all you want for round one week of crusing.

6. Do I get my very own rest room

Compact is the operative phrase right here. In our expertise of gulet yacht cruises with ScicSailing, every room has its personal small rest room, containing a bathe and WC. Nevertheless, you’ll have to handle your expectations in the case of the quantity of area obtainable. 

ScicSailing gulet yachts come outfitted with bidets and powered vacuum flushing. In our expertise, their crews do a wonderful job of protecting every little thing clear and comfy.

7. Is there Wi-Fi on board?

If you’re not the sort to make use of the chance to change off and do a digital detox, don’t count on to have a dependable web connection while you’re on a gulet yacht cruise in Turkey. 

In 2022, we realized that Wi-Fi on ScicSailing gulet yachts had been upgraded. Nevertheless, the truth that you’re out at sea could make it tough for telco indicators to hold any important power.

Personally, each time we arrive in Turkey, earlier than the beginning of our gulet yacht cruise, we purchase SIM playing cards from any of the native phone firms. In 2022, a 20GB knowledge plan value between £15 (Türk Telekom) and £45 (Vodafone). Alerts are in fact strongest when nearer to metropolitan areas. The extra remotely you sail, the weaker the telco indicators are more likely to be.

8. Can I make my very own food and drinks selections?

In some circumstances, sure you can also make particular requests (pre-trip ideally) to have sure forms of food and drinks obtainable on board. As a part of their registration and reserving course of, ScicSailing will ask you to supply dietary data. This enables them to preplan the onboard meals stock and to additionally instruct onboard cooks about particular dietary necessities.

In our expertise, the top-class cooks onboard ScicSailing gulet yachts are versatile and accommodating in the case of altering menus in response to particular person or group requests. 

Do take note nevertheless that due to the restrictions in measurement, gulet yachts can’t carry massive meals inventories the identical means cruise ships would. If cooks have to alter menus through the journey at brief discover, this might influence the itinerary as they could want to obtain objects at totally different stops.

9. Is seasickness frequent?

In our expertise of gulet yacht holidays in Turkey with ScicSailing, sea illness (aka movement illness) is uncommon. With our final group – all of whom (other than us) have been crusing for the primary time – nobody in our group skilled seasickness. 

Nevertheless, ScicSailing yachts are outfitted with sea bands and if any visitors do expertise seasickness, the crew will give them one. When you’re vulnerable to seasickness however can’t resist the attract of a gulet cruise vacation, we additionally advise that you simply convey your individual sea illness treatment in case you want it.

Martina and Leslie Johnson aboard ScicSailing gulet yacht Nemesis – @thatcouplewhotravels

10. What’s it like travelling with strangers on a gulet yacht?

The easy reply is that you simply received’t know till you attempt it 🙂

When you’re not reserving the gulet yacht as a non-public constitution to your personal group of family and friends, you’re greater than more likely to be travelling with folks you’ve got by no means met earlier than. Our expertise with ScicSailing is that they’re extraordinarily useful in making visitors really feel comfy with their shipmates.

There are execs and cons to every little thing, particularly in the case of folks dynamics. Nevertheless, you might be certain of 1 factor, virtually everybody comes on a gulet yacht cruise with the only intention to have an excellent time and revel in their vacation. Nobody desires to spoil issues for everybody else so we discover that most individuals are keen to compromise and accommodate others on journeys.

Our suggestion? Maintain an open thoughts. You by no means know what recollections and experiences you’ll be able to create. Additionally, observe that YOU additionally contribute to the general group expertise instantly or not directly.

Reserving data

The crusing season in Bodrum, Turkey runs from April to October. ScicSailing gives departures from Göcek, Bodrum or Marmaris. 

For details about reserving a gulet yacht cruise in Bodrum, Turkey together with pricing, go to the ScicSailing web site

Disclaimer: We have now sailed with ScicSailing on press journeys for the aim of reviewing their seven-night Southwest Turkey gulet cruise. Nevertheless, all pictures and opinions are ours.

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