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About Bodrum

Passengers sailing into the Turkish port of Bodrum first see the Castle of St. Peter, a dominating 15th-century crusader outpost that sits between a yacht marina and a bay. Gullets, the traditional Turkish wooden sailing yachts, bob on the South Aegean's salty, blue water, and buzzing outdoor cafes and "beach" clubs that jut out on wooden piers line the shore.




The port city is awash in Greco-style buildings: sparkling white cubes covered with purple bougainvillea. You might actually think for an instant that you're on another Greek island -- Kos is, indeed, easily visible in the distance -- until you hear the sound of the muezzin and glance up at the handful of minarets poking through the sea of square structures. Make no mistake: This is very much a Turkish city, brimming with locally built boats, bustling bazaars and plenty of regional cuisine and character.




Known in antiquity as Halicarnassus, after the famed king who left an awe-inspiring mausoleum (though only the barest remains of the place are still visible), the Bodrum of today is a popular leisure holiday spot for wealthy European jet-setters, who come, often via motor-yacht, wearing sun tans and designer shades. Shoppers will surely come away with bags in hand, as the area is known for its fine leather goods (especially sandals) and carpets, and there is no shortage of impressive Prada and Gucci knock-offs on offer. However, the city is also a refuge for artists and intellectuals, drawn here by Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli, the famous political writer-dissident who fell in love with Bodrum during his forced exile. (His loving novel, "Blue Voyage," is credited with bringing international attention to what was previously a lazy fishing outpost.)




Bodrum most regularly hosts ships from luxury lines like Seabourn Cruise Line, Azamara Club Cruises and Windstar Cruises, usually as part of Eastern Mediterranean cruises to the Greek Isles. The occasional bigger ships -- from Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line or U.K.-based Thomson Cruises and Fred. Olsen -- may also be on the schedule.




One geographic note: Bodrum proper is actually situated on the Bodrum Peninsula, which, in addition to the city, encompasses numerous other resort towns like Gumbet, Turgutreis and Gumusluk, many set on semi-circular bays carved out of the rocky land. For beach bums in particular, one or more of these may be worth visiting.


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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Bodrum

    Leaving:
    Istanbul
    Visiting:
    Nessebur, Constanta ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Bodrum Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Istanbul
    • Day 2
      Nessebur
    • Day 3
      Constanta
    • Day 4
      Odessa
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Troy
    • Day 7
      Kusadasi
    • Day 8
      Bodrum
    • Day 9
      Santorini
    • Day 10
      Mykonos
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      Athens (Piraeus)
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    Nautica - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Oceania has best food at sea, with no-fee specialty restaurants and vast menu choices.

    Cons

    Popular itineraries sell out quickly, and longer sailings may not appeal to time-constrained travelers.

    Bottom line

    Nautica offers plenty of amenities in the more intimate setting of a mid-sized ship.

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    5.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    Imagine yourself in a floating country club, and you'll have a good feel for Nautica's onboard ...

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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Poor service , poor food , poor staff
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A Solid Upscale Cruising Experience
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Bodrum

    Leaving:
    Haifa
    Visiting:
    Haifa, Jerusalem ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Bodrum Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 2
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 3
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    • Day 4
      Port au Prince
    • Day 5
      Alanya
    • Day 6
      Marmaris
    • Day 7
      Bodrum
    • Day 8
      Chania
    • Day 9
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 10
      Kusadasi
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Istanbul
    • Day 13
      Istanbul
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    Sirena - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Cozy, small ship with excellent cuisine

    Cons

    Standard cabins are small; weak enrichment program

    Bottom Line

    Port-intensive itineraries in an upmarket setting

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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Sirena, which debuted in April 2016, is the fourth of defunct Renaissance Cruises' R-class vess...

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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    ABC-islands
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Bodrum

    Leaving:
    Athens
    Visiting:
    Mykonos, Santorini ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Bodrum Route (Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 2
      Mykonos
    • Day 3
      Santorini
    • Day 4
      Crete (Heraklion)
    • Day 5
      Bodrum
    • Day 6
      Antalya
    • Day 7
      Rhodes
    • Day 8
      Kusadasi
    • Day 9
      Dikili
    • Day 10
      Istanbul
    • Day 11
      Istanbul
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    Seven Seas Mariner - Regent Seven Seas Cruises

    Pros

    Cruise fare covers nearly everything: drinks, tips and excellent variety of excursions

    Cons

    Prices are among the industry's highest, even for entry-level suites

    Bottom Line

    Inclusive nature and great service means a Mariner cruise is all about relaxing

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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
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    Service5.0
    Value4.0

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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Standards slipping.
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Poor cuisine and lack of variety
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Bodrum

    Leaving:
    Istanbul
    Visiting:
    Lemnos, Cesme ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Seabourn Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Bodrum Route (Seabourn Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Istanbul
    • Day 2
      Lemnos
    • Day 3
      Cesme
    • Day 4
      Bodrum
    • Day 5
      Rhodes
    • Day 6
      Santorini
    • Day 7
      Spetsai
    • Day 8
      Athens (Piraeus)
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    Seabourn Ovation - Seabourn Cruise Line

    Pros

    Cruise fare includes nearly everything -- even unlimited caviar

    Cons

    Doesn't quite match the service levels of Seabourn's smaller ships

    Bottom Line

    Beautiful, yacht-like ship with top-notch service and dining

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    Seabourn Ovation Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value4.5

    Is bigger better? That question is top of mind for many Seabourn Ovation passengers. The 600-pa...

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    SO LITTLE TIME
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Good but with some reservations.
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A fun cruise on a lovely ship
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    • Soft Drinks
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    • Alcohol
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  • 21 Night
    Cruise to Bodrum

    Leaving:
    Venice
    Visiting:
    Sibenik, Kotor ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Seabourn Cruise Line
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    21 Night Cruise to Bodrum Route (Seabourn Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Venice
    • Day 2
      Sibenik
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Kotor
    • Day 4
      Corfu
    • Day 5
      Zakinthos
    • Day 6
      Nafplion
    • Day 7
      Milos
    • Day 8
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 9
      Mykonos
    • Day 10
      Symi
    • Day 11
      Kusadasi
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Antalya
    • Day 14
      Limassol
    • Day 15
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 16
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Rhodes
    • Day 19
      Bodrum
    • Day 20
      Cesme
    • Day 21
      Patmos
    • Day 22
      Athens (Piraeus)
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    Seabourn Ovation - Seabourn Cruise Line

    Pros

    Cruise fare includes nearly everything -- even unlimited caviar

    Cons

    Doesn't quite match the service levels of Seabourn's smaller ships

    Bottom Line

    Beautiful, yacht-like ship with top-notch service and dining

    Reviews

    Seabourn Ovation Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value4.5

    Is bigger better? That question is top of mind for many Seabourn Ovation passengers. The 600-pa...

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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    First Time Seabourn
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Wonderful cruise, lots to love with a little room for improvement
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Bodrum

    Leaving:
    Athens
    Visiting:
    Santorini, Rhodes ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    10 Night Cruise to Bodrum Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 2
      Santorini
    • Day 3
      Rhodes
    • Day 4
      Bodrum
    • Day 5
      Kusadasi
    • Day 6
      Lesbos
    • Day 7
      Istanbul
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Thessaloniki
    • Day 10
      Mykonos
    • Day 11
      Athens (Piraeus)
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    Norwegian Star - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Refurbs have kept original Freestyle ship modern

    Cons

    Constant upcharges may turn some cruisers off

    Bottom Line

    Star provides some of Norwegian's most popular features, on a smaller ship

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    Norwegian Star Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Star underwent a refurbishment in summer 2018 during which it received the Sky Hi...

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    Rude1
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    This was a nice itinerary for bottom of South America.
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    NCL Cost Cutting At All Time High
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Bodrum

    Leaving:
    Haifa
    Visiting:
    Jerusalem, Rhodes ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Seabourn Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Bodrum Route (Seabourn Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 2
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Rhodes
    • Day 5
      Bodrum
    • Day 6
      Cesme
    • Day 7
      Patmos
    • Day 8
      Athens (Piraeus)
    Ship Details

    Seabourn Ovation - Seabourn Cruise Line

    Pros

    Cruise fare includes nearly everything -- even unlimited caviar

    Cons

    Doesn't quite match the service levels of Seabourn's smaller ships

    Bottom Line

    Beautiful, yacht-like ship with top-notch service and dining

    Reviews

    Seabourn Ovation Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value4.5

    Is bigger better? That question is top of mind for many Seabourn Ovation passengers. The 600-pa...

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