Blue cruise

Blue cruise

A Blue cruise is essentially a luxury gulet cruise along the Carian Coast of Turkey, visiting ports like Bodrum, Marmaris, Gocek, Fethiye and all those picturesque bays and charming villages in between along this much indented coast.
In fact the Blue cruise originate from Bodrum and this popular sailing holiday in Turkey started by coincidence when a political writer, called Kabaagacli, was exiled to Halicarnassus (Bodrum) for writing a short story on army fugitives. Such criticism was not tolerated in the early years of the Turkish Republic!

Yet, the court in Istanbul was totally unaware that the distant (and in those days very remote) port of Bodrum was unsuitable as a place of exile. Indeed, travellers used phrases like Arcadia, Elysium or Shangri-La, and Kabaagacli soon adapted the local lifestyle and found inspiration from the town, and particularly the fishermen.

As a companion to various fishing crews, he gradually discovered the hundreds of turquoise inlets, translucent blue bays and beautiful villages near Bodrum that are so typical for a modern Blue cruise. When befriended artists from Istanbul honoured the writer with a visit, he in turn spoiled them to the cruising lifestyle of the fishermen, and hence the term Blue Cruise was born.

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