Friday, 17 May 2019

Istanbul Attraction: Bosphorus Cruise

The Strait of Bosphorus is a very narrow but natural sea channel that splits Istanbul into two parts. While one part of the city lies on the Europe Continent, the other sits on the Asia Continent. The strait also connects Black Sea to its north and Marmara Sea to its south. If you cruise along Bosphorus, you can enjoy views of the shores of both the continents and that's what makes Bosphorus cruise special indeed.

There are several types of Bosphorus cruises. To name a few are sightseeing cruises, sunset cruises, lunch cruises and dinner cruises. Whichever it is, I believe it is a meaningful experience to hop onto one and enjoy the views of two continents at one go.

Bosphorus Dinner Cruise
I was on a dinner cruise. There are many companies that operate such cruises and the price is about 45€ per pax. The highlights of my cruise is a set dinner, a Turkish show which includes Turkish folk dances,  belly dance and night views of Istanbul while cruising along.
The seating capacity on the boat is approximately 150. The table was already set when we boarded the boat.

The boat docked at the pier until it was almost filled up before it started to move.
The set meal includes 10 types of cold starters, fresh salad. a main dish with 3 options (chicken, fish or beef), sweet dessert and free flow of wine and fruit juices.
Overall the meal was good but nothing really much to shout about.
The performance on board includes a few Turkish folk dances, the whirling dervish and a belly dance. After her performance, the belly dancer moved around and teased the male diners with her seductive belly dance moves, coaxing them to dance with her.
Some more sporting ones were seen participating adding hilarity to the ambiance. Towards the end of the performances, some hot contemporary music were played and diners were free to go to the dance floor to dance.
Surpassing the food and entertainment is the night view on the banks of Bosphorus Strait. The city looks stunning with the buildings radiantly lit up.

Another highlight of the night views is Bosphorus Bridge which is one of the three suspension bridges spanning the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul thus connecting Europe and Asia.  
The duration of the dinner cruise is about 3 hours.

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