During August/September 2015 we enjoyed a sailing holiday in Turkey and Greece which we started planning in November 2014. Quite a few friends showed an interest and we had to find a yacht for bare boat charter which answered our specific requirements for a two week period at the right time to suit 7 couples and at the right price. I sent out several inquiries to a number of charter companies found on the internet and Necmi from Boating Turkey was prompt in responding with a number of options for us to consider. It also was the only response which fully answered all our requirements.
This was our first sail in Turkish waters, in an area we know little of and also the first time crossing international borders sailing. These, together with the idea that I am dealing with a company of which the reputation can only be gauged through previous reviews, raised many questions. Although all of these were promptly and efficiently answered by Necmi during the months long planning stage of the trip, I was still a little apprehensive about what we would encounter once we got there.
On arrival in Bodrum, we received clear directions to the marina in Turgutreis where all the formalities were handled in a very friendly, yet professional manner by SHY, allowing us to depart on an unforgettable holiday experience. Additional information on custom agents on the Greek islands were accurate, but at the same time could not match the excellent service we received from all the officials and the charter company throughout the trip. Everybody really went out of their way to ensure we felt welcome and without any need to worry about anything. Any problems encountered with the boat were dealt with efficiently and we were refunded for any interim expenditure to get us going again.
Thank you Necmi, for your patience with all our questions and for organising the ideal boat! I am not sure what your involvement was with the organisation of the perfect weather we experienced, but thank you for that too! Also pass on our gratitude to Cigdem Ulu from SHY for her assistance and efforts in making sure that their services were tailored to our needs. Also to Vassilis Kapadakis from the Kalymna Yachting Club and Dimitris Kastis from Greek Yacht Services on Leros, for their assistance with moorings, supplies, custom clearance, immigration and general advice.
From the entire crew of Carmen, thank you all for making our holiday a very special experience. We certainly hope we will be able to do this again in the not too distant future.
We loved your gulet trip and would recommend everything about it. Your communication was excellent throughout, which is so important when you're organising something from a different country. The boat was luxurious. It was great to have so much space on it. The crew were stars! They were totally competent (as we occasionally saw in contrast to another boat), and wonderfully friendly and helpful. Captain Kansu always explained the routes for the day, with options if we wanted, and chose lovely bays for anchorage. The crew were always happy to take us ashore in the inflatable, and haul kayaks in and out whenever we liked. It was a great holiday!
David and Sheryl Tapp
I would like to tell you how delighted we were with our wonderful yachting holiday in Turkey. The service from you during the booking process was outstanding. In particular we appreciated how flexible and accommodating you were about working in with our travel dates.
Everything was exactly as you described it. The Dougie T was immaculately presented and the service was very professional. Nothing was too much trouble. A delightful touch was the welcome pack they provided.
We had a marvellous holiday and look forward to repeating it. We also thoroughly enjoyed our stays in Marmaris and Bodrum
Thank you for your help. We would be happy to recommend you.
Kevin and Sally Luttrell
Perth Western Australialuttrell[at]iinet.net.au
My daughter did considerable research before booking Apeka for a 7 day cruise from Marmaris to Kas for my wife and me, our 3 children and their partners and my wife's niece.The cruise would have to be as good a holiday as anything we have ever had. What could ever be better than pulling into a uninhabited cove and everyone diving into the azure blue Mediterranean! Yes there was the occasional rain and wind. But Cemil (Jimmy) our captain always perfectly navigated a smooth course through any swell and always found a safe spot to moor. Add in Guten? and her husband's magnificent cuisine over 3 amazing meals ever day and you have perfection.
If you want a stress free fantastic value for money holiday with close family or friends, a cruise with Cemil has to be it.