Matthew Cheetham review 24 Aug 2022
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Regular swimming off the gulet. Delicious water temperature, and gorgeous coves.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
You MUST ask for a cabin at the front of the boat. We were right by the engine, which was a nightmare - boiling hot, and ridiculously noisy. I am actually thinking about complaining.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Not really! The locals who ran the boat presumably were paid a reasonable wage. We never sailed, which was a shame. We were always motoring.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Good fun, but a very poor cabin. Half of my family abandoned it and slept outside. It was an expensive trip, so this was disappointing.
Read the operator's response here:
Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback on this trip, it's much appreciated.
I'm pleased to see that you did enjoy some aspects of the trip, though I'm sorry to read that there were some things you didn't enjoy.
In terms of the cabin location, as gulets are small boats, all cabins will experience some degree of engine noise when this is running, and unfortunately we cannot guarantee or control which cabins are allocated to which guests, and some will therefore experience more noise than others. I'm really sorry that you ended up with such a noisy cabin. We do find that many people like to sleep on the deck of the boat anyway, regardless of any noise issues. During much of the year it's more pleasant and cooler to be in the open air under the stars with the sound of the water around you than in the cabins, and we do advertise that this is a popular
option that many people take up, ending up using their cabins mainly just for storing their clothes and using the bathroom.
In terms of the environmental and local benefits of traveling by gulet, these vessels are much smaller than the larger cruise ships and therefore have lower emissions. They are owned and managed either by individual boat owners or small local companies, not international firms. The size of these boats also allows us to visit some smaller ports, towns, and sea-front cafes which brings additional income and employment opportunities to these communities which are missed by larger cruises and land tours.
The gulets we use are motorised pleasure craft with sails, and while they can manoeuvre under sail, the majority of the time the motor will be used. This is particularly the case during July and August when winds are very low. Strong winds also cause them to bank steeply and so time actually under sail is generally very limited. These are not sailing vessels where you are expected to help with the rigging or take part in sailing as an activity. We are updating our tour notes to make this clearer.
The sailing distance on your trip from Marmaris to Fethiye is very roughly 60-70 nautical miles (it's hard to put an exact figure because of all the way the boats can hug the coast and go in and out of lots of the coves). So, there is a good amount of time cruising. However, there is also plenty of time moored up, so you can go swimming, exploring on shore, or just relax on the boat in a scenic cove etc. You did reach out to us during the trip about the gulet not sailing on day 1, however our itinerary does state that the first night is spent onboard in Marmaris Harbour, so sailing was never planned for that day.
Overall I'm sorry you weren't entirely happy with this trip, and particularly that you had the bad luck to get the cabin closest to the engine and that this affected your use of the cabin so much. I am pleased to hear that you did enjoy the stops and swimming opportunities available from the boat though.