Cruising the Mediterranean with AlaTurka Cruises
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.
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).
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.
A GREAT GROUP
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.
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.
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.
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.
We also had ample time to relax on deck, dive into the crystal clear water, play pub quizzes, and dance all night.
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!