Our only full day stop on the cruise. Took a tram from outside the port up to the blue mosque. Machines for the tokens take a maximum 10 lire note.Make sure you get your tokens for coming back at the same time to keep things simple. Spent the morning doing all the historic sites around the blue mosque area. Stopped for a bite to eat and a drink then walked up the hill to the grand bazaar. From 1st impressions the shop owners have been told to tone down the sales technique as they appeared far less aggressive than I remembered previously. We bought a few fake items and pressies then went out side to enjoy a proper Turkish kebab this was so nice I ate another one. Took the tram back down to the ship. Be warned check that the tram goes all the way to the ship as ours terminated at the ferries near the bridge. A fact we realised when it started back up the hill!! Quickly got off and took the 15 min walk back across the bridge and back to the ship.
A bit of an incident to report when we were steaming out of Istanbul. The ship suddenly veered to the right and slammed on the brakes causing the ship to violently tilt to one side causing me to nearly roll off the bed, no explanation for this episode was forth coming from the ship.