A cabin charter is
when you just rent a cabin on
a Turkish yacht or gulet—much
like a hotel room—rather than
charter the entire gulet for
a Blue Voyage.
Unless you come to Turkey with a group
of friends big enough to fill the whole
yacht, you'll arrange a cabin
charter through one of my recommended
travel agencies, especially
Atelier, which can arrange cabin
charters for a few nights as
well as one-week
whole-yacht charters. More...
Bodrum, Marmaris and Fethiye are
the chief yacht charter ports. Here
are some important
yacht charter and cabin charter tips.
The advantages of cabin charter are
apparent: less expensive than a full
charter, the opportunity to meet and
get to know other travelers.
The dangers are not
so apparent. Here they are:
you like politeness, peace and quiet,
but you end up sharing a small boat
with a loud, hard-drinking, party-loving
crowd. Or vice-versa.
—Your group might be congenial,
but you'll never find out because no
one else on the yacht speaks
your language, and they're
always talking to one another, not
—On full charter, the yacht
is yours: go, stop, tarry, step ashore,
take a swim or dine when you want.
Supply any special food or drink you
like. On cabin charter, the boat sticks
to the program unless everyone
wants to change it.
—Yachts and crews assigned to
cabin charter are thought by many to
be less appealing than
those assigned to full charter. You
may pay less for your cruise, but you
may also get less than your money's
Check with Travel
Atelier to see what's available.
If you'd like to have an excellent archeological
tour along with your cabin, British
Sommer organizes several
full yacht charters each summer, and
passengers self-select: nearly all
speak English and want an educational
as well as an enjoyable experience,
because they choose to sail this ancient
ruins-strewn coast with a bona fide
archeologist. If your schedule fits
Peter's, this is the way to go. More...
are examples of cabin
charter trips from Fethiye.
All meals are included on
these trips, but you buy or bring your
Yachts can be equipped with water
sports gear: sailboards,
kneeboards, kayaks, etc.
—by Tom Brosnahan