Cruising the Mediterranean with AlaTurka Cruises


Beautiful, relaxing, perfect, fun….. are just a few words that come to mind when thinking about our 3 night, 4 day Mediterranean Turkey cruise with Alaturka Cruises.


From the moment we boarded to the moment we disembarked 4 days later, the staff was friendly and more than accommodating. Our time on the Alaturka 2 was a wonderful holiday.
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Our beautiful yacht for the next 4 days 3 nights


Cody and I were picked up at Fethiye Guesthouse along with another couple, and brought to a bus station in Demre where an Alaturka staff member was waiting for our arrival.


We were escorted to a van with 9 other people in waiting. We immediately started introducing ourselves and chatting with everyone. We arrived at the pier about 5 minutes later and were invited onto our new home for the next 4 days.


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Docked just outside of Simena Castle

As soon as we boarded we were all shown to our cozy and comfortable rooms, and were given information about the next four days on the ship.


The Alaturka 2 is a beautiful Gulet that is very well taken care of. There is a table at the back of the boat where we shared all of our delicious meals, downstairs sits the bar, and down another small flight of stairs is the hallway to the 6 bedrooms (with bathrooms).
But the best part is the back of the ship. Walking out onto the large deck, you come to 16 sun beds, a large bench, and if you are out on the water, gorgeous views of the Mediterranean no matter which way you look.


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Cody enjoying the beautiful view of the Mediterranean

We all hooked up our iPods and played music all day while cruising, sunbathing, and swimming in the sea.There is also a day bed at the front of the boat, so there was plenty of room for alone time.

We couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to be with. We had Canadians, Australians, an American, and Namibians. Everyone was so funny, friendly, and a blast to be around.

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Such a great group of people. So many laughs throughout the cruise

Our days consisted of incredible food, beautiful clear skies, crystal clear waters, excursions, and a lot of laughs.

The three crew members were also excellent. Captain Umut, the deck hand Onli, and our chef Mustafa were friendly, very helpful and informative. We were always asked if everyone was having a good time. Everyone was all smiles.


Our stomachs were never empty on Alaturka 2. The food was so fresh and delicious and although most of the food was accidentally vegan, the chef prepared special dishes just for us.

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The food was always amazing. Very important to have great food

Stuffed eggplant, zucchini and potatoes, and mushroom stew were just some of our amazing dishes. There was also a big variety of  typical Turkish breakfast every morning, and stuffed peppers, rice, salad, pasta, fresh fruit, and a lot more for lunch and dinner.

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Just one of the many stunning sunsets while on the yacht

We were not able to bring our own alcohol on the boat as they sold wine, beer, and cocktails on board. But the prices were reasonable. We were however able to bring snacks, so we brought soy milk for our tea and coffee in the mornings, cookies, and pudding for tea time.


A few stops were made  in our four days at sea. We all hiked up to the ruins on St. Nicholas Island and played beach volleyball when we stopped at blue lagoon.

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The view from on top of St. Nicholas Island

We also had ample time to relax on deck, dive into the crystal clear water, play pub quizzes, and dance all night.

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It’s time to dance!!!

We spent 1 month in Turkey, and have to say that our Hot Air Balloon Ride over Cappadocia, and our cruise with Alaturka Cruises were the most memorable part of our time in Turkey, but if we had to choose only one, we would choose the Turkey cruise.


We had a beautiful, relaxing, and very memorable time on the water.

If you are travelling to Turkey, an Alaturka cruise on the Mediterranean is a must!

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*Our cruise was courtesy of Alaturka Turkey, but these opinions are our own.*
Comments To This Entry.
  1. Elizabeth April 20, 2014 Reply

    The AlaTurka cruise looks amazing! The blue sky and the blue water are picturesque… One day that I travel to Turkey, I will definitely look up AlaTurka..

    • Giselle and Cody April 22, 2014 Reply

      Tia Liz, you and Tony really need to come and travel Turkey.
      You two would love the cruise and Tony would love the hiking while the boat is docked.
      Such a beautiful country and it has so much to offer.

  2. Franca April 21, 2014 Reply

    What a nice experience! I’ve never went on cruise, this one looks different though, it’s not like the ones I usually read about.

    • Giselle and Cody April 22, 2014 Reply

      Franca, we are not fans of the typical cruises either but this is so much different.
      It was so much better then a 5000 person boat 🙂

  3. Lucia April 21, 2014 Reply

    Fantastic photos of your Alaturk cruise tour. I’ll look them up when ever
    I’m in Turkey….looks like an awesome time!!

    • Giselle and Cody April 22, 2014 Reply

      Mom, it’s really a shame that you weren’t able to stay a little bit longer in Turkey to experience this awesome cruise.
      You would have loved it!!!

  4. Federico April 29, 2014 Reply

    What a cruise! I can imagine it being one great trip!

  5. Diana Edelman April 29, 2014 Reply

    I love that the meals were accidentally vegan. That is fantastic! How was the swimming? Was the water cold?

    • Giselle and Cody May 2, 2014 Reply

      The water was a little cold because it was the beginning of the cruise season but nothing you couldn’t get use to.
      Jumping off the front of the boat was so much fun.

  6. Alex April 30, 2014 Reply

    Wow, this really makes me want to return to Turkey 🙂 What a fabulous experience! I love being at sea and a great group of people makes it even better.

    • Giselle and Cody May 2, 2014 Reply

      The great group of people definitely made this trip really awesome.
      it’s so nice to be able to stay up late and have great conversations over some wine 🙂

  7. Mindy & Ligeia May 1, 2014 Reply

    Oh, how we long for all the accidentally vegan meals in Mediterranean cuisine. Granted, 4 days at sea may have meant some sea-sickness. I don’t think I’d enjoy that food if it returned 🙂

    • Giselle and Cody May 2, 2014 Reply

      There was no sea sickness at all. It was such a smooth ride the entire time.
      No one go sick at all throughout the 4 days.
      You two would really enjoy it. The vegan food was soooooo good.

  8. Lucia May 3, 2014 Reply

    Yes, it is really a shame I wasn’t there a little longer…I loved
    Turkey….My favourite country to date!!! And it was fantastic experiencing
    it with both of you….I had a very memorable time!!! AWESOME!!

    love to get over that again one day…..Maybe with Tia Liz and Tony!!!
    the cruise looks AMAZING!!! I am not a fan of they typical cruise and this
    one is more my style….!

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