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Gulet Cruise Review – The Truth Behind Gulet Cruise Holidays
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Gulet Cruise Review – The Truth Behind Gulet Cruise Holiday Concept
Gulet Cruise vacations are not everyone’s cup of tea. This post is an honest assessment of gulet cruise concept. All you have to do is take 5 minutes of your time and immediately you will see if this is for you – or not.
My name is Mitja and I cruise with gulets every year with my family. You can read all about my gulet cruise adventures if you click on the picture on the left.
This blog post is for every person who is searching for an honest opinion on gulet cruise holidays and who wishes to learn if gulet cruises are for them.
Learn gulet cruise pros and cons and decide if this is for you.
Gulet Cruise Pros
1. Every day you check different locations.
2. You have a Captain
He is responsible to show you amazing places.
3. You have a Chef
He is responsible for your food.
4. You have sailors & hostesses & waiters
They make sure you do not have to clean or help out in navigation.
5. Sea is always zero meters away from your room.
You can take a swim just about any time you desire.
6. You can escape the crowds
Captain can take you to crowd fewer spots.
7. Everything during the cruise is flexible
As long as weather conditions allow it.
8. Everything can be tailored according to your wishes in advance.
The crew on board will try to do almost anything in order the cruise will be perfect.
9. There are many different standards to choose from – from Standard – Super Deluxe.
It depends upon your wishes and type of vacation.
10. You get to see places approachable only by ships.
The main goal of gulet vacations is to have unique holidays experience.
Gulet Cruise Cons
1. It is not cheap.
Hotel holidays, renting a house or a sailing yacht will come cheaper. On a gulet cruise, you can expect the prices to start at around 600 to 800 €/person/week for standard type gulets. You can get good – quite comfortable vessels for prices around 1.000 €/person/week.
2. Cabins and bathrooms on ships can not compare to hotel rooms.
On a gulet, cabins are for sleeping only. Bathrooms are meant for a quick shower and for basic needs. You spend 90% of the time on deck. If a hotel room is the best part of your holidays – then book a hotel – do not go on a gulet cruise (only if you can spend 2.000 €/person/Week or more)
3. It is an adventure. You are going on a ship.
Sometimes you can have bad weather. You will cruise from place to place. You will check amazing places. You will move around.
If you are a person that does not like a good adventure – stay home. Gulets are safe (we easily cruised with my 2 years old son) – but if you like the stability of a hotel room – go to the hotel.
4. You need to organize a group (unless if it is cabin charter)
The hardest part of having a gulet cruise holidays is to organize a group. Different people have different expectations and this can be frustrating. You need to be a “leadership” type of person to go into this organization. This is not so hard if you plan in a correct way.
5. If it is cabin charter – you do not know which nationalities will cruise with you – if you are not sociable…100% NOT FOR YOU!
You can only book a cabin and join other people on board. This means you will share your table and your deck space with total
strangers. If you have a problem with this – then either get your own group, book a gulet for 2 or 4 people only or decide for different holidays.
6. Some sailing is possible (not on all gulets) – but gulets are not SAILING YACHTS by default.
If you are a passionate sailor then you better tell this to your “booking agent” in advance – and state it minimum 2 times – as most of the gulets have none or poor sailing capabilities. There are exceptions of course – but you have to ask for this in advance.
7. If you get a lousy crew on your gulet – you will have a lousy holidays experience.
The crew makes a minimum of 50% of your experience. If you have a captain who does not know how to speak English a chef who likes to drink and sailors who do not know their job your experience will be not as you might expect. The quality of the crew is more important than the quality of the gulet. Mark my word about this.
8. Self Service food is not an option as on huge cruise liners for example.
Gulets have limited space, so you will not have a dinner like on huge cruise liners or in hotels. You state your food preferences before you arrive on a gulet and chef follows your wishes during the cruise. Food is the best part on a cruise – but SELF SERVICE is not an option.
I would recommend gulets to
Families with small children, families with teenagers, middle-aged couples looking for relaxation, party groups, mixed groups of all ages and active seniors.
Gulet Cruise Review – Final thoughts
For me personally – gulet cruises are the best possible way of spending your holidays. Nowhere else you have such a great combination of things you can see, stuff you can do, all organized in such a comfortable way, you truly do not have to move a finger.
If you do not plan properly. If you book a gulet that is not the best fit for your group or EVEN WORSE – IF YOU ARE NOT A GULET CRUISE TYPE OF PERSON – then it can all turn into a disaster!
Gulet Cruise person is not a classic tourist. “Gulet Cruiser” is a person that loves a good adventure, likes to enjoy in food, hates to stay in 1 place all the time and is a person who prefers EPIC LOCATIONS over hotel pools. Gulet Cruisers are BON VIVANTS who enjoy life and everything beautiful around them.
We are “GULET CRUISERS”. Are you?
Do you have more questions about gulets?
Contact us and we will be happy to help you.