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What Exactly Does A ‘Luxury Gulet’ and Cruise Mean?

What Exactly Does A ‘Luxury Gulet’ and Cruise Mean?

If you’re in search of a Turkish boat holiday, most likely you’re looking for a boat called a gulet that you have heard about somewhere and curious to try it out for your next vacation, or been on one before. As some may or may not know, there are 5 classes of gulet boats. How they came to be classified this way has just happened over time with local agents.

In the Western world when we refer to any holiday or vessel as luxury, most times it will actually be ‘luxury’ – high quality – high class – VIP or whatever word you wish to use for good quality. Gulets are not like that. The term ‘luxury’ in gulets is completely a different standard and definition. Quite often, travelers unfamiliar with Turkish gulets will not know this until they actually book a ‘luxury’ gulet charter and then later be disappointed because they had higher expectations than what they thought was ‘luxury’.

Mina gulet
Mina gulet

So let’s clear this up a bit. Firstly, as I mentioned above, there are 5 classes or standards of Turkish gulet charters. The lowest quality and standards to the highest are as follows:

  1. Economic/Standard
  2. Luxury
  3. Deluxe
  4. Ultra or High Deluxe
  5. VIP

Standards

While the destinations do not make a difference in the trip, as the places are always the same most times, the variation of boats do. As you can see the class ‘luxury’ falls right after Economic/Standard and just before Deluxe. Now that this part is clear, let’s explain what you get in a luxury gulet charter. For one, there is air conditioning and an en suit in each cabin. Luxury gulets tend to be older built models. There aren’t many in the marketplace that are brand new, and if there are, usually the gulet is smaller than the most common 6 and 8 cabin Turkish boats.

luxury gulet cabin example
luxury gulet cabin example

Price and Crew

What else is there about luxury gulets? The price. It is true, you do get what you pay for most times. If you charter a low-end standard or luxury class gulet with a capacity for 12 or more, for say 3,500 – 6,000 Euros for the week (particularly during mid and high season) – don’t expect much. Don’t expect any standard English and don’t expect the boat to be in good working order and clean or well kept standards. Most of all, don’t expect first class service. A boat can only provide as much as it gets paid and can afford. For instance, hiring a crew to serve on the boat, can only be as professional or knowledgeable as much as the boat can afford to pay from the charter earnings. Make sense?

Luxury Gulet Private Charters

Going back to luxury gulets. Air conditioning, en suites, nice Turkish dishes, maybe a kayak, amateur fishing gear, snorkeling masks, clean boat, and little knowledge of English by the crew – who in most cases are very local – from small villages or towns – can be expected.

Ipek A gulet
Ipek A gulet

Don’t get me wrong. With these standards, you can certainly still enjoy a fantastic vacation on board. Afterall a holiday is most times what you make of it.  The destinations are breathtaking, the luxury gulet is fully equipped to serve and take you to these lovely places, and you have the right easy going, not uptight, and relaxed attitude with your guests to make the best of the  best boat charter holiday ever in the Mediterranean. Part of what makes a holiday so great is you and your guests. You’re on holidays, chill and enjoy it!

Now, is the term ‘luxury gulet’ a bit more clear and something you did not expect to find out? Have you had an experience on a luxury class gulet before?

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