Baranta Yachting

FAQ

What is a blue voyage?

It is a term used for recreational yacht tours along the Turkish coastline extending from İstanbul to

Antalya as well as surrounding Greek Islands.

What is the classic route of the blue voyage?

The route covers the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, along with the Greek Islands.

How the blue voyage routes are chosen?

We recommend you to start from the Gulf of Gökova.

How can you make a reservation?

You can make a reservation for your blue voyage by phone or e-mail or through our website.

What activities can passengers do during the blue cruise?

To have a swim, take a walk, go surfing, take a sunbath, listen to music and make trekking, take a

walk around the archeological sites, read books, play backgammon, etc.

What foods are eaten?

Usually, the food and beverages sufficient to serve all passengers on the boat including the boat’s

crew for one week are supplied by our customers. However, all dietary requirements can be catered

by the boat staff in line with the passengers’ needs and preferences, and at their Kost provided we

are informed in advance and a prior agreement is reached with our customers. Meals are prepared by

the professional chef of the boat. Same meals are served to all persons on the boat. Food menus are

decided together with our customers at the time of renting the yacht and before the start of the trip.

What to wear on a blue voyage?

Please try to pack lightly; bringing a few t-shirts, shorts, swimming suits and a pair of slippers will be

sufficient for you to enjoy a nice cruise. We provide towels and Turkish bath towels (peshtemals) to

our guests on the boat. However, you would bring your own towels, if you wish to do so. You don’t

need to bring each item of clothing in your wardrobe with big suitcases and luggage to the boat since

you will not have time to wear them.

What is a gulet? What is a tirhandil?

Gulets are, in fact, traditional Mediterranean fishing boats adapted to modern use. Their rounded

sterns make them unique. On the other hand, a tirhandil is a very unique double ender of the Aegean

Sea and a good wooden alternative to a sailing yacht, and a small type descendant of the old Black

Sea design galley-type boats.

What is a Ketch Gulet (Aynakıç)?

A ketch gulet (aynakıç) is a sailing boat with a flat stern, which offers more room for more spacious

cabin space.

Will we set sail to and visit the Greek Islands?

Nationals of the Republic of Turkey holding a green passport are not required to obtain a visa prior to

travelling to Greece. Please be advised that the port entry and exit fees and customs duties for cruises

to the Greek Islands. Formalities and procedures of entry to and exit from Greece generally take time

and sailing to the Greek Islands will not be possible unless these formalities and procedures are

completed prior to departure. In this sense, notifying your captain of any proposed route change prior

to the start of the tour is of importance to us.

Is a visa required to visit the Greek Islands?

Please be advised that citizens of the Republic of Turkey, except those holding a green passport, are

required to obtain a visa prior to travelling to Greece and visit the Greek Islands. On the other hand,

to obtain a daily visa may not be as easy as one might think. Our guests (including children) taking a

cruise to the Greek Islands on one of our boats are required to obtain their Schengen Visas, valid for

the entire duration of their tour. Please bear in mind that to obtain a daily visa most of the time would

be much more difficult than obtaining a Schengen Visa.

What are the meal plan options and how much do they Kost?

As a tradition of the blue voyage cruise, the food and beverages sufficient to serve all passengers on

the boat including the boat’s crew for the entire duration of the tour are supplied by our guests

according to their preferences and needs. However, if you wish our boat staff can supply all of your

dietary requirements at a price of Euro 30 per person and per day.

What are the prices of alcoholic drinks on a Blue Cruise Voyage?

You can buy alcoholic drinks from liquor stores or supermarkets at reasonable prices and bring and

them store them on board or otherwise you can buy a variety of alcoholic drinks at the boat’s bar at

reasonable prices.

How the route of a Blue Cruise is determined?

The cruise route will be set according to the tour programme you have chosen prior to the start of the

tour. In the event you want to propose a change or deviation in the route we recommend you to

share your request with the captain in advance and prior to your departure. Making changes at the

very last minute in the route of such a comprehensive tour is not highly preferred since it would cause

trouble for the captain in terms of supply and stopover/ overlay ports. We are fully aware of the fact

that your suggestions and comments are a key to a successful trip and will also help you to have a

happy holiday and accordingly we are very sensitive and responsive to your requests and needs.

However, leaving the last word to the captain depending on the weather conditions and requirements

of the boat will be helpful in terms of your safety and security.

What are the main duties and functions of a captain?

The captain’s main responsibility is to ensure the safe navigation of the boat and is responsible for the

safety of all passengers and the crew members and to ensure that all passengers and crew members

get off the boat in a safe manner. The captain exercises the powers and performs the duties that are

conferred upon him by law and international treaties and conventions. The primary goal of the captain

is to ensure all passengers and the crew members have a safe and happy cruise.

What are the duties of a cook/chef?

In the first place, every person, who works on or serves for the boat in navigation, qualifies as a

seaman. For this reason, he may assist to other crew members in emergency conditions under the

direction and/or guidance of the captain when the boat is in navigation. The primary responsibility of

the cook/chef is to prepare tasty and delicious meals and to serve them on a timely and proper

manner. No food or beverages are served when the boat is in operation and moves on the navigable

waters. In the mornings in which we set sail on the blue waters, breakfast can be served only after

sailing the boat into a bay and mooring it. At all times when the boat is sailing, the cook/chef is the

man with the heaviest load on his shoulders. Consequently, drinking a bottle of bear once a while or

enjoying the pleasure of sea and sun would help him to alleviate his heavy load.

What are the duties of a seaman?

A seaman is responsible for general duties throughout the boat as well as maintenance, cleaning,

rigging, mooring and unmooring of the boat, performance of all other tasks assigned to him by the

captain including but not limited to cleaning of the deck and cabins, provision of adequate assistance

to the cook/chef in preparation of all meal services.

Does sailing on boat cause seasickness?

Yes, sailing on a boat may cause seasickness, in particular when the boat is rolling with the waves

rather than moving under its own power as it sails through rough sea waters. We recommend you to

take pills with you, just in case, before the departure. If one starts to suffer from seasickness the best

thing to do for him/her is to disembark the boat and go ashore as quickly as possible.

Do mermaids exist? Is there a mermaid?

Up until now it has been a rumor, and we haven’t met one yet.

Can we catch fish?

Of course, you can fish with your fishing rod and other fishing gear in the coves where we anchor.

For the safety of the boat it is important to tidy up your fishing gear and fishing rod after the

completion of the fishing activity.

Can we go scuba diving?

If you attend to diving tours, yes you can.

Is it possible to take a swim at night?

It is a very enjoyable and wonderful experience especially at nights when there is a full moon.

However, you must inform the boat crew of your intention. We recommend you not to swim alone

and far away from the boat or far away from other guests.

Can I charge my cellular phone?

In the middle of the sea our energy supply is not unlimited as land-based facilities. However, when

the generator is operated or solar powered sockets available on board can be used for charging.

Is internet access available on board?

Unfortunately yes, internet access is available on board, though we prefer our guests to spend time in

nature rather than surfing in the internet.

Is there a television on board?

Yes, there is. However, in blue voyage cruises, watching TV is one of the least-preferred options by

our guests.

Are there any sharks?

Even so, they are harmless. It is never seen that they struggle against human beings, and at all times

they choose to swim away.

Are there any jellyfish?

Once upon a time there were many jellyfish, fortunately nowadays, there are none around, oh for

goodness sake I wish they never come back again.

Is there a dinghy available for use?

Yes there is. It is used for the safety of the boat crew and for the purposes of transportation and

supply if the boat stays, anchored or moored outside a port. You are required to notify the captain

and get his authorization for its external use.

Is there an outboard engine available on board?

Yes, we have a gasoline powered outboard engine.

Does the boat have sails on it?

Of course, it has. From time to time we hoist sails and enjoy a leisurely cruise when there is good

wind to move off the boat and sail smoothly. However, please bear in mind that our boats move

through the water more often by being propelled by motor/engine power. If you wish to enjoy a

leisurely cruise on the boat cutting her way through the waters with sails swelled out by the wind then

you are required to give up a part of your comfort since in such situations it is the wind that makes

the boat move and this causes the boat to rock back and forth.

Will we set the sails?

Of course, we will hoist our sails when the wind is fair.

Where does the boat stop during the blue cruise?

The captain shall determine where to drop anchor depending on the weather and sea conditions.

Do storms come up, and how often?

Yes, from time to time storms may come up; however, the beautiful side of the story is that we have

well-sheltered coves that provide significant protection for boats even during the most severe storms,

and therefore our coastline is splendid, perfect and wonderful for a blue cruise.

What to do when a storm comes up?

You may spend time in your cabin or our indoor hall. The captain and the boat crew are well trained,

outstanding and experienced professionals who very well know how to handle their boat in rough

weather conditions, accordingly please do not interfere with their duties and responsibilities, even try

to assist them upon their request and needs.

Is smoking allowed?

Smoking is prohibited in all indoor locations including the hall. On the other hand, smoking is allowed

in outdoor areas. However, our guests are required to pay special attention to hot cigarette butts,

sparks and ashes while smoking in outdoor areas taking into consideration the wooden parts of the

boat.

When breakfast is served?

The breakfast is served between 08:00 a.m and 10:00 a.m. Breakfast should be served not later than

10.00 a.m. due to the fact that at once the preparations begin for lunch and dinner meals once the

breakfast service is finished. At all times when breakfast, lunch or dinner is served all guests are

seated collectively and all meals are served collectively to all guests at the same time.

When lunch is served?

The lunch is served between 01:00 p.m. and 02:30 p.m. In general, a typical lunch menu consists of

sandwiches and light meal.

When dinner is served?

Dinners must, at all times, be served after the sunset since bees do not allow dinners to be served at

an earlier time.

Do you offer five o’clock tea service?

It is prepared and served at your request.

Are there any bees around in the area?

Please be patient and wait until it gets dark. A swarm of bees always come to visit you especially in

the morning and sunset time. They are peaceful and make a considerable contribution to the natural

beauty of the coves. All they want is a little food and water. Please do not tangle with bees, and

should the need arise please go your cabin.

Are there any mosquitos around in the area?

Yes there might be a few mosquitos, so please do not forget to bring your mosquito repellents with

you.

Does the boat feature air conditioning?

24-hour air conditioning capability is not provided in blue cruises however each cabin is equipped with

air conditioning. Air conditioners are operated for a certain period of time (usually before bedtime).

They are operated in evenings and for maximum 4 hours per day. Since it is noisy, the generator is

shut off during the night.

Are passengers allowed to steer the boat?

Depending on your relationship with the captain, until the end of the cruise you may learn the basic

concepts of steering as an able seaman.

Does a technical breakdown occur in the boat?

Of course it occurs. Our crew is always cautious and alerted to any incidents onboard. They

continuously check systems, replace and even repair defective parts to ensure her smooth and safe

running. You usually do not notice these routine activities. The breakdowns that prevent the trip from

continuing are eliminated within 24 hours. In cases where breakdown or faulty operation has not

been remedied our guests will be transferred to another boat.

What are the cabin rental rates?

In the off-season, the price per person in a double cabin; starting at Euro 500, including full board,

excluding drinks.

What are gulet (yacht) rental rates?

For groups of up to 12 guests, daily rental price starting at Euro 600, depending on the features of the

boat and the route of your choice.

Can we arrange special tour programmes and/or packages?

For sure, together with our experienced people, in particular the company’s sole proprietor with over

30 years’ experience as a Yacht Captain we can arrange tour programmes in the Mediterranean Sea,

Aegean Sea, Marmara Sea and Black Sea specifically designed to meet your requests.

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Our brand, which has been specialized in private Blue Cruises and Boat Trips for nearly thirty years since 1986, aims to ensure both that its guests have a most pleasant experience during holidays and a safe sea journey.

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