405 Istanbul Cruise Reviews

Stayed in Istanbul for a couple of extra nights after cruise finished. Ideal and very inexpensive way to get around is by tram. Grand Bazaar must be visited at least once although you need to have a good map to find your way around. ... Read More
Stayed in Istanbul for a couple of extra nights after cruise finished. Ideal and very inexpensive way to get around is by tram. Grand Bazaar must be visited at least once although you need to have a good map to find your way around. Lots and lots of the same goods for sale, so take time to do a good search if there is something particular you are looking for. Do not buy the fake perfumes. Eating out is fun and lots of choice. Don't be put off by the people trying to sell you stuff in the streets around the Grand Bazaar. Sometimes if you haggle enough you can actually get a really good deal. Large selection of hotels around the centre and probably on reflection it would have been better to stay slightly outside the main hub and get the tram into town. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Istanbul is a must-see. Go to the Blue Mosque, Hajia Sofia and the Topkapi Palace. Port is in the City so it is easy to get around.
Istanbul is a must-see. Go to the Blue Mosque, Hajia Sofia and the Topkapi Palace. Port is in the City so it is easy to get around. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We entered just after services. It was crowded, and so we didn't really get to see much of it. A must see regardless.
We entered just after services. It was crowded, and so we didn't really get to see much of it. A must see regardless. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We were in Istanbul during the last three days of the Hajj. Everything was extremely crowded. The trip, while checking the box, was just OK.
We were in Istanbul during the last three days of the Hajj. Everything was extremely crowded. The trip, while checking the box, was just OK. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Extensive reconstitution going on, certain part were off limits. A must see regardless.
Extensive reconstitution going on, certain part were off limits. A must see regardless. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We disembarked at Istanbul but having been here before we can say that there are great things to see. The Haga Sofia and the Blue Mosque are favourites but don't forget the Basilica Cisterna which is my favourite. Book as many ... Read More
We disembarked at Istanbul but having been here before we can say that there are great things to see. The Haga Sofia and the Blue Mosque are favourites but don't forget the Basilica Cisterna which is my favourite. Book as many online beforehand as there are always queues. These three are all very close to one another. The Grand Bazaar and the Spice Souk are worth visiting but are always very crowded. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Weather damp and dull therefore only went up to see the Blue Mosque etc. A very dirty unkempt busy port. Enormous queues to get in so decided not worth the wait when it was so miserable.
Weather damp and dull therefore only went up to see the Blue Mosque etc. A very dirty unkempt busy port. Enormous queues to get in so decided not worth the wait when it was so miserable. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
It was a pubic holiday and all buildings and museums were closed until about 1pm so we strolled round the Sultanhamet area and went into the court yard of the Blue Mosque. When the Mosque and other places opened large queues had built up ... Read More
It was a pubic holiday and all buildings and museums were closed until about 1pm so we strolled round the Sultanhamet area and went into the court yard of the Blue Mosque. When the Mosque and other places opened large queues had built up so we decided not to waste time in the queue and had lunch in a restaurant before returning to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We hired a taxi with another couple. The driver took as all over to the various sites for less than half the cost of the organised tours. Much better way to get around. There was a festival on the day we docked and hence most of the sites ... Read More
We hired a taxi with another couple. The driver took as all over to the various sites for less than half the cost of the organised tours. Much better way to get around. There was a festival on the day we docked and hence most of the sites were close apart from the Blue Mosque which was understandably packed. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Didn't get to Istanbul until 11 am so nowhere near enough time. Took the Princess shuttle bus into the city as it was a public holiday so not sure if the trams would be working. Istanbul was everything I imagined - the noise, smells ... Read More
Didn't get to Istanbul until 11 am so nowhere near enough time. Took the Princess shuttle bus into the city as it was a public holiday so not sure if the trams would be working. Istanbul was everything I imagined - the noise, smells and people everywhere. Trams are excellent & would recommend these to get around. Went to Sulemainye Mosque which was awesome and no queues. Also did the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia but big queues for both. Didn't have time to do Bosphorus Cruise but definitely be back! The city was spotlessly clean and the only port where there were free public toilets! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
turn right after leaving port and catch the tram for 4TL. Change machine available at ticket site. 5th stop takes you to Sultanamehet Square to see the Blue Mosque, Haga Sophia, Topakia Palace....short walk to Grand Bazaar and down the ... Read More
turn right after leaving port and catch the tram for 4TL. Change machine available at ticket site. 5th stop takes you to Sultanamehet Square to see the Blue Mosque, Haga Sophia, Topakia Palace....short walk to Grand Bazaar and down the hill to spice market then back to tram for 3rd stop back at port Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Perfect day touring around on our own. Brilliant hotel called ERBOY. Only 45 euros for the room. Roomy, spotless, free wifi and internet, breakfast included, roof terrace for drinks and their sister hotel around the corner has a roof ... Read More
Perfect day touring around on our own. Brilliant hotel called ERBOY. Only 45 euros for the room. Roomy, spotless, free wifi and internet, breakfast included, roof terrace for drinks and their sister hotel around the corner has a roof restaurant with excellent food and wines. The Grand Bazaar is roomy and easy to walk around and the Spice markets are a must. Beautiful city. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We LOVE Istanbul. We booked three nights there and were so glad we did. It is a wonderful city where there is always something to see, some fun way to pass the day, just enjoying the beauty and then, in the evening, the meals are truly ... Read More
We LOVE Istanbul. We booked three nights there and were so glad we did. It is a wonderful city where there is always something to see, some fun way to pass the day, just enjoying the beauty and then, in the evening, the meals are truly excellent. The Turks know how to cook. It is always best to go to dinner with friends and there are over 11,000 restaurants so the first 1100 are in the top 10%. You really have to spend time in this city. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We found the tours onboard expensive in port ignore the taxi drive and go on to the Main Street here we got s taxi for 4 of us for 80 euro about 4-5 hours done all we wanted to see and also the changing of the guard at the presidents place ... Read More
We found the tours onboard expensive in port ignore the taxi drive and go on to the Main Street here we got s taxi for 4 of us for 80 euro about 4-5 hours done all we wanted to see and also the changing of the guard at the presidents place and more Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We opted to explore Istanbul on our own. It was very easy to navigate. I highly recommend Tokapi Palace and Hagia Sophia. We were not impressed with the Blue Mosque. While exiting the Tokapi Palace we happened upon a site that said it ... Read More
We opted to explore Istanbul on our own. It was very easy to navigate. I highly recommend Tokapi Palace and Hagia Sophia. We were not impressed with the Blue Mosque. While exiting the Tokapi Palace we happened upon a site that said it was free to enter. It was the tombs of the Sultans and their families. This was extremely interesting. I recommend stopping there. The underground Cistern was also interesting. We did not do the Grand Bazaar but opted for the Spice Market instead. What a sensory overload...lol. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015

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