When he introduced these trips on fishing boats to the artists and intellectuals from Istanbul when they paid tribute and visited him, the blue cruises became known in throughout the rest of the country.
The modern blue cruise indeed takes place on replicas of the local traditional wooden vessels, but with added luxury and comfort: gourmet chef cook, fully crewed, excursions to archaeological sites, fully air-conditioned, etc. Needless to say: the gulet cruises nowadays are the romantic equivalent of the superyachts and megayachts, which are of course also fully crewed.
The gulets on which these Blue Cruises are organized are also known as motorsailers, goulettes, gullets or caiques.
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