Blue Cruise

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The Isle of Kekova is among the popular destinations of the Blue Cruise.

A Blue Cruise, also known as a Blue Voyage ("Mavi Yolculuk" in Turkish), is a term used for recreational voyages along the Turkish Riviera, on Turkey's southwestern coast.[1] The term, which is used in Turkey's tourism industry, has its origins in Turkish literature, deriving from the title of a book by Azra Erhat.[2]

The term was first introduced into Turkish literature by a handful of writers, such as Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı (alias The Fisherman of Halicarnassus).[3] The author, who had been exiled to Bodrum in 1925. He began taking trips with his friends on the sponge divers' sailing boats, called gulets. These excursions became known as "Blue Cruises". Author Sabahattin Eyüboğlu (together with his circle of family and friends) participated in Blue Cruises, [4] as did Azra Erhat. The literary revue "Yeni Ufuklar" (New Horizons) in the 1950s and 1960s contributed to the publicizing the Blue Cruise, and guidebooks have been published in Turkish [5] and German.[6]

Tourists from Italy often take this cruise.[7] There are many options to start a voyage in the Turkish Riviera. Bodrum, Marmaris,Fethiye and Antalya are popular locations and the route is usually limited with Bodrum - Antalya area as well as surrounding Greek islands. It is possible to visit Greece if visitors travel visas are suitable. In these trips, mostly traditional wooden ships are used such as gulets, caiccos, schooner and motorsailors. "Carian Cruise" is the term used as a synonym by a number of sources internationally, by the name of much of the same region of south-west Turkey in ancient times: Caria. This term generally defines the starting point and terminus of the tours with more precision, with Bodrum as departure point, and its coverage of the whole coastline to Antalya will actually also include the region known in ancient times as Lycia.[citation needed]

Companies offering such cruises include Gulet Escapes, Bluestar Yachting, Akasia Yachting, Galeo Yatçılık, Barbaros Yatçılık, Yng Yat Turizm, Elle Yachting, Melissa Yachting, Ayşemarin Yatçılık, Rabaro Charters, Guletyat, Erden Yacht and Ahmetoglu Yat turizm.

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  1. ^ Holliday, Taylor (July 2, 2006). "Where to Raise the Sails, or Just a Glass". New York Times. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Erhat, Azra; Gültekin Çizgen (2005). Mavi yolculuk: gezi (in Turkish). Galatasaray, İstanbul: Can Yayınları. ISBN 978-975-07-0446-8. 
  3. ^ Whiting, Dominic (2001). Turkey Handbook. Footprint Handbooks. p. 315. ISBN 978-1-900949-85-9. 
  4. ^ Eyuboğlu, Bedri Rahmi (2008). Mavi yolculuk defterleri. Türkiye İş Bankası Kültür yayınları (in Turkish) 1630. İstanbul: Türkiye İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları. ISBN 978-9944-88-541-6. 
  5. ^ Özükan, Bülent (2005). Mavi yolculuk = Blue voyage (in Turkish). İstanbul: Boyut Yayın Grubu. ISBN 978-975-521-778-9. 
  6. ^ Hengirmen, Mehmet (2000). Die blaue Reise: mit 201 Fotos des Verfassers und 122 Karten = Mavi yolculuk (in German). Ankara: Eğitim ve Kalkınma Vakfı. ISBN 978-975-96804-3-5. 
  7. ^ Kaylan, Melik (May 15, 2011). "Land of Promise, Land of Loss". Newsweek. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Erhat, Azra; Gültekin Çizgen (2005). Mavi yolculuk: gezi (in Turkish). Galatasaray, İstanbul: Can Yayınları. ISBN 978-975-07-0446-8. 
  • Özükan, Bülent (2005). Mavi yolculuk [Blue voyage] (in Turkish). İstanbul: Boyut Yayın Grubu. ISBN 978-975-521-778-9.