BLUE CRUISES FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
SERVICES ON BOARD FOR CABIN CHARTERS
SAMPLE MENU ON BOARD:
7 days; 3 kinds of Jams, Honey, Butter, Green Olives, Black Olives, Feta Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, Egg, Tomato, Cucumber, Fruit, Milk, unlimited Tea & Coffee. Salami, Sausage and traditional Turkish sucuk (garlic-flavoured sausage) will be served in different course as well.
6 days-each day a different meal from the selection below- Chicken with Vegetables, Green Beans, Aubergine Moussakka, Oven Baked Pasta, Rice, Couscous, Different types of pasta, Salads, Grilled Aubergine with yogurt, Cucumber with garlic and yogurt, Fruits and fruit puree.
6 Days in different course; Unlimited Tea & Coffee, Biscuits, Cookies, Cake and Pastries.
7 Nights- each day a different meal from the selection below-Grilled Fish, Fried Fish, Steamed Fish, Calamari, Grilled Meatballs & Chicken, Meat saute, Turkey, Roast Chicken, Mushroom, Kinds of Salads, Rice, Couscous, Pasta, Red Beans, Mashed potatoes, Parsley with yoghurt, Cacik (yogurt with cucumber), Piyaz (Butter beans), Fried vegetables with yoghurt, Dessert and Fruit.
GENERAL PROCEDURES FOR "CABIN CHARTERS":
Check in and boarding starts from 15:30 on your first day and the first meal is dinner on board. "Checkout" will be on the last day after breakfast at 10:30 am.
As the first and the last days are transfer days, these nights will be spent in the marina.
During the "Blue Cruise" the engines will mostly be used. However the sails can be opened from time to time according to the weather conditions and wind direction. The sail on the yacht will be open at least twice a week.
The captain and crew will arrange the times of the meals according to the guests requirements.
The captain may make changes to the cruise programme according to the sea and weather conditions. This is for the safety and security of our guests.
It is not allowed to bring drinks or alcoholic beverages on board from outside. A large selection of drinks can be purchased from the bar on board the yacht and bills will be paid at the end of the cruise.
Our cruises are sold directly as well as through our tour operators. Our clients consist of people who love the sea from all over the globe and we believe this creates the perfect opportunity to meet people from every type of culture. We can not and do not control the age or nationality of guests on board. If you would like to hire a Private Yacht then please see our Private Charter section.
Our cruises are carefully planned and every detail thoughtfully considered. We have had the experience of planning cruises for a number of years. Tours are printed in our brochures and therefore we cannot make changes to the itinerary according to customer's special requirements.
Every morning when guests are at breakfast there will be a routine cleaning of the WC and cabins. In the middle of the week there will be general cleaning of the yacht.
Bed linen is provided at the beginning of the cruise and is not changed until the end unless required.
GUARANTEED CABIN CHARTER TOURS ON STANDARD CABIN YACHTS:
On a scheduled 'Blue Cruise', the yachts are different in size and range from 17 to 32 metres long. These yachts have different amounts of cabins from 4 to 12 depending on the length of the yacht. These yachts are southern Aegean constructed and are traditional Turkish wooden yachts known as gulets.
All Cabins are for two people. Cabins generally have double beds. We can not give any guarantee for twin or triple cabins.
All cabins have private WC / shower, portholes and a small wardrobe. There are enough blankets, towels and pillows for two people. The toilets can either be house type or a special marine toilet with a pump.
Depending on the passenger capacity there is sufficient safety equipment on board including life jackets & lines, dingy boats and a life raft. These all meet international safety requirements.
Depending on the size of the yacht at least 2 and at most 5 crew members are provided.
All yachts have electric power of 12 V or 24 V. We do not give any guarantee for our generator to produce 220V electricity during sailing. However, when the yachts are anchored in marinas 220V electricity will be available on board.
All our boats are fully insured. However, we advise you to have your own personal travel insurance.
Depending on the passenger capacity, the yachts have suitably sized dining areas, shaded areas and an indoor saloon. The yachts also have a suitable amount of sun beds.
Hot & cold water is available in cabins and the water tanks are big enough to supply guests' needs for a week.
For the dirty water from shower / WC, there are reserve tanks with enough capacity and a drain system for both toilets and showers.
Fuel tanks have the required capacity.
Fridges and cool boxes are sufficient to keep the drinks cold and the food fresh.
The kitchens in the yachts are equipped to prepare and cook the food to be served on board.
All yachts store a game box, basic fishing lines, flippers and snorkels for the use of our guests.
How early can I check into the hotel on day of arrival?
You may check into rooms between noon and 1:00 pm, depending on the hotel policy. If hotel room available then we can help you to check in early if not we have to wait til 14:00pm or you may use this time to take a walk, have a snack or do a little exploring.
How much time do we spend on the coach every day?
We want you to see as much of Turkey as possible without spending all of your time on the coach. We generally incorporate a sightseeing feature each morning and afternoon. And there are breaks at every 2 or 3 hour intervals or less so that you may stretch your legs, purchase a snack or lunch, take photos, smoke and avail of restrooms.
Will we have opportunities to take walks and exercise?
Many of our tours incorporate walking tours in interesting places such as Topkapi Palce, Pergamon, Ephesus and Cappadocia. These are leisurely paced walks with a guide. We suggest that you take a pair of comfortable shoes with non-slip soles as many historic places have uneven paving.
How much money do I need to take with me?
As most components of your tour have been prepaid, you will need cash for lunch each day and dinners when you have an evening at leisure. Are you an avid shopper? Do you like a cocktail or Turkish drinks in the evening? These costs are left entirely up to you. Also it is customary to tip your guide and driver at the end of the tour. Credit cards and ATMs are widely used so there's no need to carry a lot of cash.
Are there any free days for activities?
All of our tours are carefully planned with attractive sight-seeing every day. However, as most tours offer 2-night stays, you may choose not to travel with the group and pursue your own interests on a day when the coach will be returning to the same hotel.
Will we be with the same guide in every region?
We arrange our tours with different guides,groups and vehicles for every region. We arrange our tours with professional tour guides and luxe coach transportation..So you have possibility to meet with different guides and groups during your holiday.
Do museum entrance fees included in tour price?
All museums stated in our tour itinerary included to the tour price and we dont demand extra fee from you for tickets.
Is there Travelshop Turkey staff in every region?
There are Travelshop Turkey representatives in all parts of Turkey. If you have any problem or you need anything you have telephone numbers in your file we give you in the begining of the tour. In case of emergency if you call our repsentatives they will be near you in 15 minutes. And I wanna point out that our company is the only company which has representatives in every region.
What is the avarage age of the group and how many people are there in the group maximum?
There is no age limitation in our groups. People can join to our tours from every parts of the world and from every age.
Can I take optional tours during the tour?
Yes you can take optional tours during the tour but our advise is to take all optional tours before you start the tour. Because you have probability not to find a space for it or the prices can be different.
Is Turkey a safe country?
Turkey is among the safest countries in the world. You can walk around whenever you want. You can go by yourself to the restaurant,cafe and bar.
Our advise is to carry the hotel's adress with you when you go outside in case of forget the hotel's name.
Must I bring cash money with me? And is credit card valid in Turkey?
You dont need to keep a lot of cash money with you because the credit card is valid everwhere in Turkey. In all shopping you make you can use your credit card. But it is better for you to use Turkish lira when you are in Turkey because it is more advantageous.
How much I must pay for my kids?
We buy seats on the coach for children above 2 years old. The prices for children are as below:
0 - 2 Free of charge
3 - 6 age are charged 35% of a full priced adult fare
7 - 11 age are charged 65% of a full priced adult fare
Children above 11 years are full priced adult fares.
You will be assisted by a fluent English speaking professional tour guide who is deeply knowledgeable of Turkey and Gallipoli.
Entrance fees make up to approx 30% of the tour cost. All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary are included in the tour price and will be paid for by TravelShop Turkey.
Single Supplement Travellers:
We have many customers who travel alone. If you dont mind sharing your room with another traveller then we can arrange a twin share, we will not charge you for single supplement.
Any last minute bookings?
With regards to last minute bookings if you have any friends wishing to join our tours we will do our best to make sure that you will be on the same tour bus, however due to the high volume of customers this can not always be done so we recommend that you all book together.
You will have plenty of time throughout your tour to visit the local shops. Istanbul isnt always the best place to shop! It is the best place to bargain however. If there is something in particular you are looking for, please ask your tour guide and they will advise you on the best place to go. Carpet, leather and jewellery shopping is best done in Kusadasi/Ephesus where you will visit the factories, also learn a lot more about the product from the factory guides.
If you are arriving in Turkey a few days prior to tour start date, we are more than happy to arrange transfers and accommodation for you. This will not be included in the itinerary cost. Additional costs will be advised once further information is given by the customer.
Depending on your nationality or passport, you will be able to purchase a visa when you arrive at the airport in Turkey. Please however confirm this with your national embassy, as some nationalities require this to be done in advance. Australia and England are charged approx £10 GPB on arrival, New Zealand is able to enter free of charge. Please note that this fee maybe subject to change.
We use New Turkish Lira. Although in a lot of places they will accept US, EURO or GBP. We recommend that exchanging to lira will save you money and confusion. There are many change offices throughout Turkey, along with ATM machines for you to withdraw also. Most shops will accept your credit cards.