67 Bodrum Cruise Reviews

Bodrum was a small Turkish portside village. We took a ship excursion called the Blue Voyage. We went to Camel Beach on a Turkish boat called a gulet. The beach was very forgettable. Rocky beach with cheap plastic beach chairs-rattan ... Read More
Bodrum was a small Turkish portside village. We took a ship excursion called the Blue Voyage. We went to Camel Beach on a Turkish boat called a gulet. The beach was very forgettable. Rocky beach with cheap plastic beach chairs-rattan umbrellas painted blue with paint chips all over the place. Second stop was more fun where we coved out and swam. The boat owner gave us a history lesson (rather lengthy) and politically pleaded to not hold Turkish Muslims responsible for 9/11 or other extremist occurrences. Turkish shopkeepers will drive you nuts. Shopping not enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
The old fort at Bodrum was amazing. It is a very casual 20 minute walk from the dock. Alternatively, you can take a free shuttle ferry provided by the City. There is so much history and things to see in the fortress. Don't miss the ... Read More
The old fort at Bodrum was amazing. It is a very casual 20 minute walk from the dock. Alternatively, you can take a free shuttle ferry provided by the City. There is so much history and things to see in the fortress. Don't miss the museums of the shipwrecks. They are very educational. One can easily spend three hours there. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
I didn't initially think much of bodrum, but after walking through town along the water to get to the castle and exploring the castle (we must have spent a good 2-3 hours there!), we really enjoyed it. It houses the underwater museum ... Read More
I didn't initially think much of bodrum, but after walking through town along the water to get to the castle and exploring the castle (we must have spent a good 2-3 hours there!), we really enjoyed it. It houses the underwater museum (and I don't think I ever really FOUND the underwater museum, but when I looked at my entrance ticket, it said it was for the underwater museum -- either that or she gave me the wrong ticket) and a bunch of other small museums full of interesting artifacts. You're a bit at the mercy of when the "guard" (person overseeing the small room/museums) take a break, but they will reopen again if you come back later. It also has fantastic views of the city itself from the castle outer wall -- my parents and aunt/uncle skipped that part, but I think it was one of the better parts of the castle. We took the free shuttle (which was not publicized on the boat) back from the castle (there is a pier right outside the castle) to the pier where our ship was docked. It goes back and forth from the cruise ship dock to the castle, so if you don't want to walk through the town, you can just take the shuttle back and forth. One note, however -- they will only take lira at the castle (entrance fee), so if you're out of lira, walk through town and exchange your money there -- they don't charge a handling fee/commission either. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
This is actually a beautiful port city. Kind of a sleepy little tourist town with lots of hotels, restaurants and more street vendors. The main tourist spot is the castle on the opposite end of the bay from the port. We walked along the ... Read More
This is actually a beautiful port city. Kind of a sleepy little tourist town with lots of hotels, restaurants and more street vendors. The main tourist spot is the castle on the opposite end of the bay from the port. We walked along the bay to the castle and it was a pretty easy and quick walk. The castle is actually more impressive than it looks on the outside. There is a lot to see and some great photos to take from the top of the castle. I know there were some guided tours, but we wandered on our own and still had a great time. We went about lunch time and the person at the ticket booth warned us they would be closing in the next 20 minutes. We took the challenge and tried to do the short tour. We ended up doing a longer tour and no one ever shuffled us out of the castle. The great part was there were not many people. Others on our cruise went on a guided tour before we did and they said it was incredibly crowded. Not for us. On the way back to the ship, we shopped a bit more along "hustlers" row. We also decided to try a traditional turkish bath. We just ran out of time for the Delphi hotel, which would have been great and the right price. We opted instead for one closer to the port called the Bodrum Diamond. A great looking hotel and the bath was certainly an experience. A little pricey but something that we wanted to try. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
Very nice locals, helpful and not liberty takers. You can sit ob nice beach for the price of a drink. 6 of us had front row beds, with umbrellas, 2 rounds of drinks and lunch for 40 euro. Less pushy than Kusadasi
Very nice locals, helpful and not liberty takers. You can sit ob nice beach for the price of a drink. 6 of us had front row beds, with umbrellas, 2 rounds of drinks and lunch for 40 euro. Less pushy than Kusadasi Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Bodrum was a nice change of pace after touring for two days straight. We walked to St. John's Castle (the archeological museum) and wondered about there for a few hours. We stopped at a (highly overpriced) restaurant right on the ... Read More
Bodrum was a nice change of pace after touring for two days straight. We walked to St. John's Castle (the archeological museum) and wondered about there for a few hours. We stopped at a (highly overpriced) restaurant right on the water before heading back. Changed into our swimsuits and went for a swim in the very rocky beach right next to the ship port. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
We did a self guided tour of Bodrum, it is a nice walking town. Very romantic, especially for 'Honeymooners. Took the 3 mile r/t walk to St Peter's castle, which houses one of the best underwater archeology museums in the world. ... Read More
We did a self guided tour of Bodrum, it is a nice walking town. Very romantic, especially for 'Honeymooners. Took the 3 mile r/t walk to St Peter's castle, which houses one of the best underwater archeology museums in the world. Plenty of restaurants, good food, nothing like sitting, sipping a drink and looking out to the harbor at some of the most beautiful crafted sailing ships in the world. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Nothing organised today; just left the ship late morning wandered around the town absorbing the local colour.Back on board by early afternoon for a late lunch and afternoon relaxing in the sun.
Nothing organised today; just left the ship late morning wandered around the town absorbing the local colour.Back on board by early afternoon for a late lunch and afternoon relaxing in the sun. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We were unlucky with the weather which was cold and wet. Plenty of shopping in the bazaar. Not sure whether we did well in the bargaing stakes but it was fun.
We were unlucky with the weather which was cold and wet. Plenty of shopping in the bazaar. Not sure whether we did well in the bargaing stakes but it was fun. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Bodrum was lovely. A beautiful harbour with lots of cafes and restaurants. The locals were very friendly and the shops were full of genuine fakes as well as some lovely unfake things.
Bodrum was lovely. A beautiful harbour with lots of cafes and restaurants. The locals were very friendly and the shops were full of genuine fakes as well as some lovely unfake things. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Cruise company provided shuttles to the Castle of St Peter. However, the frequency was very low, about 3-4 shuttles each way all day! Not too long a walk, but it was HOT. The castle is interesting and has a wonderful collection of antiques ... Read More
Cruise company provided shuttles to the Castle of St Peter. However, the frequency was very low, about 3-4 shuttles each way all day! Not too long a walk, but it was HOT. The castle is interesting and has a wonderful collection of antiques recovered from shipwrecks. Some pictures: https://picasaweb.google.com/110446672587444099861/VeniceCruiseBodrumSplit?locked=true Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
First visit to Bodrum and we thought it was a delightful town. We just wandered about looking at the shops, marina etc. The shopkeepers here are not as pushy as at Kusadasi and we felt less pressurised, consequently buying more in the long ... Read More
First visit to Bodrum and we thought it was a delightful town. We just wandered about looking at the shops, marina etc. The shopkeepers here are not as pushy as at Kusadasi and we felt less pressurised, consequently buying more in the long run. As we had a late sailing, we were able to visit the town in the evening, which was very relaxed. I must mention a bar called the Red Lion, which overlooks the beach. Everywhere we had been had taken Euros, without any problem, however when we tried to pay bill in the Red Lion, he didn't have any euros to give us change. I think the bill was about 10 euros, we had about 5 euros in coins, which he was happy to accept instead, and assured us not to worry about it as we were welcome guests. We felt awful, as it was our fault originally for not checking that he accepted euro's, but his attitude was so friendly, just like everyone we met in Bodrum, definitely a place we will return to for a longer stay Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
We had a great time here - shopped a bit and then took a taxi 15 Euros to the beach. There was three of us so we shared the cab and the cost. We had a great time at the beach - no fees for the lounges or the umbrellas but we ate at the ... Read More
We had a great time here - shopped a bit and then took a taxi 15 Euros to the beach. There was three of us so we shared the cab and the cost. We had a great time at the beach - no fees for the lounges or the umbrellas but we ate at the nearby restaurant/outside cafe. The food was delicious. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
A pleasant surprise - not so hard as the pestering at Kusadasi. A nearby beach of a fair standard and a little bit of history in the old town.
A pleasant surprise - not so hard as the pestering at Kusadasi. A nearby beach of a fair standard and a little bit of history in the old town. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
We caught a dolmus to Gumusluk (ancient port of Myndos) where we swam at the beach and heard about the island where Brutus planned Caesar's murder. Great value and a charming and historic place.we then entered St Peter's castle ... Read More
We caught a dolmus to Gumusluk (ancient port of Myndos) where we swam at the beach and heard about the island where Brutus planned Caesar's murder. Great value and a charming and historic place.we then entered St Peter's castle in the town. Very interesting with picture perfect views of the bay. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
The ship docks just to the right of the bay which you can easily walk round in about 15 mins into the main shopping area which is lovely. It is quite a pretty place with some characters in the shops trying to entice you to buy their goods. ... Read More
The ship docks just to the right of the bay which you can easily walk round in about 15 mins into the main shopping area which is lovely. It is quite a pretty place with some characters in the shops trying to entice you to buy their goods. They're not hard sell though so it's pleasant to just wander the streets. There's a castle to explore that you do need turkish lira for to get into - we didn't bother but it looked quite interesting. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013

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