Climb aboard the Seremoni for a New Year’s Eve dinner cruise that features a combination of Ottoman and Turkish shows in the same program. Premium drink packages are available for an extra cost as are water pipes which are not often found on dinner cruise tours.
If you’re wondering what to expect from a New Year’s Eve Cruise on the Seremoni boat, keep reading.
The new year’s cruise showcases the authentic history and cultural importance found on Istanbul’s shoreline which includes Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, Cıragan Palace, and Rumeli Fortress.
As the boat makes its way to the Asian side, you’ll the Bosphorus Bridge and then turn at the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge before passing Beylerbeyi Palace, seaside mansions, and finally the Maiden’s Tower.
The show starts with a Whirling Dervish performance and Turkish gypsy dance. A Caucasian folk dance comes next along with a group belly-dancing show which normally concluded the pre-dinner show.
After the food has been served, there’s Turkish folk dance, rhythm shows, and an exotic belly dancer finale.
A welcome drink is offered as soon as you board and Ottoman drums sound in the background as you’re led to your table.
A cold starters plate is soon left on your table which consists of cheese, hummus, stuffed grape leaves, haydari (yogurt with garlic), vegetable patty, and eggplant with sauce.
The hors d’oeuvre arrive as your start to cruise the Bosphorus with an entree starter of chicken croquette and mevsim salata (fresh seasonal salad).
The main course has 4 different options to choose from and consists of:
- Grilled fish served with arugula, onion, and lemon
- Grilled chicken steak served with rice and potatoes
- Grilled meatball served with rice and potatoes
- Vegan meal of pasta with vegetables alongside a vegetable plate
To sweeten your tastebuds, a baklava dessert and seasonal fruit come next.
You can choose your unlimited package to include both non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks. The soft drinks include fanta, coke, sprite, juice, etc, along with coffee and tea.
Alcoholic drinks include a selection of local wine, beer, raki, vodka, and gin, while a premium drink package is available for imported beers and spirits.
These are handed out at around 23:30 as the deck opens up for all to enjoy. The party favors generally include a hat, and new year’s noisemakers and whistles.
When the midnight hour draws near the crew will start handing out glasses of champagne for everyone to toast with as the countdown cheers erupt.
The boats stay in close view of the stationary barges in the Bosphorus where the fireworks are lit and sent into the sky. At the stroke of midnight, it will almost seem as if a rainbow of shooting stars are flying across the sky as the heavens cheer their arrival.
Thankfully this moment will build into a crescendo finale where camera flashes will only add to the electric light show above.
A professional DJ takes over after midnight to keep the party going getting everyone on the dance floor as the boat does a slow crawl back to port.