A gulet (pronounced GOO-LET) is a small wooden ship used as a floating hotel for Blue Voyages in the Mediterranean region. Like hotels, gulets vary in size, capacity and amenities.
Whether basic or grand, gulets feature two or three masts (although not all are equipped with sails) and one or more large diesel engines to propel them through the water. They typically have a broad beam, low profile and heavily weighted hull, making them stable vessels for cruising - a benefit for passengers who are susceptible to seasickness!
Arkadaslik is equipped with a large diesel engine and 3 sails, which we raise as often as possible. Sailing on the Mediterranean is a peaceful and completely unforgettable experience!
Because Blue Cruises appeal to guests who want to relax and appreciate the great outdoors, gulets tend to have large spacious decks with plenty of cushioned lounging areas. Passenger cabins are located below-deck, usually accessed from the boat’s main salon.
Before Blue Voyages were popularized, basic wooden fishing and spongeing boats were used to host boat charters along the Turquoise Coast. As the popularity of these cruises exploded in the 1970s, the construction of hand-crafted boats evolved to satisfy tourists’ growing demands for comfort and safety. Nowadays, you’ll find Turkish gulets ranging from hostel-like standard boats featuring basic accommodation and amenities, to exclusive 5-star VIP yachts with every possible comfort, including jacuzzi tubs and onboard theatre systems.