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“Only for the open minded”

Turnatour - Bosphorus Dinner Cruise
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Dinner Cruise On The Bosphorus
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A Dinner Cruise that presents you all the beauty and the history of the Bosphorus, as only Turnatour can do. You will meet Ottoman lovers proud swashbucklers, the bride henna ceremony. Romany girls(gypsies), a funny show Asuk Masuk, a belly dancer as beautiful as the Bosphorus. Thousands of people from every corner of the world have come to love the Turnatur Ships and there multilingual staff. You will feel and live all the civilizations of the Bosphorus.
South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Only for the open minded”
Reviewed June 13, 2014

After reading a lot of reviews and comments we've decided to end our Turkish trip with the cruise.
As scary as many people made it to be, we went with not a lot of expectations. It turned out to be a very exciting and joyful event.
Great food (better than in city)
Live events were very nice (some for kids and some for adults). Remember tourist attraction.
Istanbul at night is a must see.
Staff very friendly.

Late hours (we got back at 12:30am)
Some tourist can't behave and made some events really difficult. No respect.
Seeing young kids begging on your way to the cruise.

A must if you would like to experience a fun night. Don't expect a visit from a celebrity but rather go open minded and just enjoy some live entertainment.

Visited June 2014
5 Thank JohanleRoux11
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Madurai, India
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Perfect ride with the traditional Turkish entertainments”
Reviewed June 6, 2014

It is an excellent ride in the Bosphorous cruise with dinner and traditional turkish style entertainments during the ride. Ambiance is very good and the beauty of the city in lights is awesome to enjoy.Defenitely a don't miss dinner cruise in Istanbul

Visited April 2014
3 Thank GOPI80
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Miskolc, Hungary
Level 6 Contributor
254 reviews
162 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“excellent atmosphere”
Reviewed April 23, 2014

Excellent atmosphere; great program; fine dining; friendly, quick helpful staff; elegant environment, beautifully illuminated sights of İstanbul's. That is a good atmosphere, all in one evening. Maximum number of points deserve! And not to be missed!

Visited April 2014
5 Thank ATTILA B
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Palo Alto, California
Level 6 Contributor
97 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“A New Year's Eve Nightmare Experience”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

Being excited to celebrate New Year's eve with my family, we decided to book this tour in order to avoid the crowded Taksim square area. The experience started with our hotel calling the company multiple times in order to verify we would be picked-up at our hotel... by a person that spoke no English. Due to being New Year's eve the traffic was insane but everybody in the shuttle bus stayed in good spirits, until the driver was driving around for a while looking for the place the ship was supposed to leave...
Once on the boat, they had one single person checking for reservations. The seating was very cramped but acceptable. This 'cruise' stood still for over 2 hours!!! with out moving or doing any sailing.... we paid for the vistas and we saw the same thing for most of our evening. Once it got going it did a couple of very small circular laps around the place it disembarked... not impressed and very upset. Once the dinner started, it was probably the most awful thing I have ever attempted to eat. The Turkey was dry and hard as leather, and the rest tasted like last month's re-heated food. We even had a discussion going on our table to decide if it was Turkey or some sort of disgusting meat. The best part was the dessert, I mean how can you screw up Baklava. The entertaining...... quite disturbing as well. The 'skits' are probably prepared by an elementary school teacher while on meth. The constant interruption of the waiters was also a terrible annoyance for the performers and audience. The 'midget' show was probably one of the dumbest things we have ever witnessed, even a 8 year old boy at our table was amazed on how crappy it was. The 'DJ' was some guy that probably works at a supermarket spinning promotions on the produce section... my iPod on random does a better job than he did.
The only 'respectable' thing about this evening was the open-bar, however, the beer came from some unmarked plastic bottles and was poured into Efes glasses to pass it off as this... quite disappointing. Service was good until 12 pm and then the waiters played the 'I am deaf game'... forcing us to go to the bar to get our fix. Having only one male and one female toilets... was a bad and guaranteed long lines all night.
Finally off the boat, all chaos was unleashed as everybody was trying to figure out their shuttle arrangements with only 2-3 people really directing who went where.... like it was hard just to place a number on each shuttle and tell you to find that number... jeez.

Overall this is probably one of the least professional and worst organized companies you will ever see in your life. Avoid spending your money here and find yourself a nice restaurant with a Bosphorus view and take the 12 TL tour during the day.

Visited December 2013
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Miskolc, Hungary
Level 6 Contributor
254 reviews
162 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Great program”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

Great program! A ship was approximately 100 people. The roof terrace can travel in summer, but in mid-December that we use only your photo shot. After a simple buffet dinner, music and dancing Turkish premiere occurred. This was followed by belly dancing and entertaining us illusionist. Unlimited consumption of local beverages (alcohol included) included in the program. Beautiful night in Istanbul! We sailed under the lit Bosphorus Bridge and also lit during the Galata Bridge. A successful evening program. I highly recommend the program!

Visited December 2013
4 Thank ATTILA B
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