6 Istanbul Cruise Reviews

We were in the airport for 2 hours. Our luggage was not well cared for & my case was being crushed under the weight of many others I was afraid it would buckle. We had to walk a long distance across a car park to reach the coach [ my ... Read More
We were in the airport for 2 hours. Our luggage was not well cared for & my case was being crushed under the weight of many others I was afraid it would buckle. We had to walk a long distance across a car park to reach the coach [ my husband didn't have wheels on his hand luggage & had dragged it through passport control etc. now this! Then stuck in dreadful traffic in Istanbul. We then had to walk a long distance from the coach to the ship after waiting ages to go through the embarkation procedures. We were given a bottle of water but there was nowhere to sit. I was shattered by the time we got to ship it took us almost as long to get from airport to ship as it had to fly from Heathrow to Istanbul - was not impressed with transfer in any way shape or form! Think Viking could have done a lot better for their customers. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We had a dreadful experience here - the holiday weekend made it extremely uncomfortable to get around, we waited for at least 1 1/2 to get into the Blue Mosque and left us little time for anything else - I will not have good memories of ... Read More
We had a dreadful experience here - the holiday weekend made it extremely uncomfortable to get around, we waited for at least 1 1/2 to get into the Blue Mosque and left us little time for anything else - I will not have good memories of Istanbul and would not wish to return, ever! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Many of the excursions advertised were not available. The team seem to be pushing a 10 hour tour of a spice market (more sales pitch and spices are not welcomed by UK customs); mosques; markets and a lunch (Turkish food does not begin to ... Read More
Many of the excursions advertised were not available. The team seem to be pushing a 10 hour tour of a spice market (more sales pitch and spices are not welcomed by UK customs); mosques; markets and a lunch (Turkish food does not begin to compare to the splendid food on the ship) so although my husband and I had been ripped off by Istanbul taxis in the past we decided to have short trip into Istanbul……….and, of course, we were ripped off again! We negotiated the cost of the taxi beforehand and got the price down from 100 tl to 75tl. The only thing when went to pay it was Euros not Turkish Lire! Thus tripling the price! This was clearly an established con as I had definitely said TL. We are British and we were in Turkey – why should another currency that has nothing to do with either nation come into it?! Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
We went out alone and was ripped off in a taxi, he double crossed the money, said we had only given him 5 tl and we had given him 50 turkish, also dropped us up a side street a long way from where we needed to be. Would I go again ..no...
We went out alone and was ripped off in a taxi, he double crossed the money, said we had only given him 5 tl and we had given him 50 turkish, also dropped us up a side street a long way from where we needed to be. Would I go again ..no... Read Less
Sail Date August 2013

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