Our Story

Arkadaslik Yachting - A Blue Cruise Business with a Difference


Introducing Sue and Captain Oktay, the husband and wife team behind Arkadaslik Yachting. Discover how their respective backgrounds and unique approach to the hospitality-focused business of Blue Cruising keep guests happy and returning, year after year.




The Golden Rule - It Sets Us Apart

Established in 2013 by Canadian expat Sue Fockner - and joined by (her now-husband) Turkish Captain Oktay Aşık a year later - Arkadaslik Yachting is a small Blue Cruise holiday business combining the best of Turkish and Canadian cultures and practices. While obviously committed to quality, safety, and exceptional customer service, we treat guests the way we'd like to be treated ourselves.

large ship anchor and chain on display in the Symi harbour

We rarely work with agencies, preferring to deal directly with guests from the start. By eliminating the middle-man and communicating with you directly, we're able to develop an understanding of what you really, truly want. After all, that's key to designing your Dream Vacation! And, as an added bonus, the pre-cruise communications allow us to develop a relationship, before you even arrive at the boat.

From our behind-the-scenes work in the shipyard, to hosting epic adventures onboard "Arkadaslik", and everything in between, we genuinely enjoy our work. And that positive attitude makes a big difference when we welcome you aboard. Being involved in every step of the planning and preparations means we're confident and relaxed when you arrive for your cruise. We know all the details have been taken care of, so you'll enjoy the vacation of your dreams.

Our unique and personal approach allows us to create dream vacations that perfectly suit your needs - custom itineraries, flexible schedules, exceptionally clean and comfortable accommodations, delicious meals and snacks, unlimited drinks, and service that is second to none. Whether you're looking for a kid-friendly family holiday, or an adults-only retreat, we'll do everything in our power to create the ideal atmosphere for your well-earned Mediterranean getaway.

Over the years, Arkadaslik Yachting has developed a solid reputation for hosting fun, friendly, and safe holiday cruises with guests from around the world. (Don't just take our word for it, check out the reviews our guests have written on Trip Advisor and Facebook.) We figure we must be doing things right - the majority of our business now comes from repeat visitors or their direct referrals.

Being Unique

Making personal connections is just one of the ways we strive to make a difference. And that means learning about our guests, and sharing our own stories in return. As you can imagine, establishing a successful business is no mean feat, especially for a foreign woman in a male-dominated industry. Read more about the hurdles Sue faced, and how - with Captain Oktay's help - she was able to overcome them:

Getting in Touch

If you're considering a luxury Blue Cruise gulet holiday, we'd be honoured to host you aboard Turkish gulet Arkadaslik. Please get in touch any time and let us know how we can help you enjoy your dream vacation!

Sue & Captain Oktay