The orange and blue Turnatour ship is most recognizable of all NYE dinner-cruise operators in Istanbul. It’s not only the most colorful on the outside but on the inside too. The designer wood paneling of the ship’s interior only pales in comparison to the outlandish costumes of their dancers.
Most of the 5-hour cruise will be spent in the glass-covered dining room which allows you to see everything on the Bosphorus around you. If you’re wondering what to expect from a New Year’s Eve Cruise on Turnatour, keep reading.
The tour departs at 21:00 and sails along the European coast past Dolmabahce Palace, Cıragan Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, and Rumeli Fortress. It then approaches the Asian shore under the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and returns via the Anatolian Fortress, Kuleli Military High School, Beylerbeyi Palace, and Maiden Tower with the tour endings a 02:00.
There are several dances in the show that include the tambourine (gaval regs-i), asuk masuk, naz eyleme, and turna folk team dance. Also included in the show are an exotic belly dancer, a henna ceremony, and a live DJ performance after midnight.
A welcome cocktail accompanies their greeting along with table snacks to keep you occupied until the food arrives.
You’ll have a selection of mezzes as your cold starters that are accompanied by fresh seasonal salad. These will be followed by a small, but hot starters.
Freshly prepared by a professional chef the main course consists of a turkey dinner on a bed of rice.
A delicious piece of baklava awaits as does a steaming cup of Turkish coffee.
An unlimited supply of drinks is included with your ticket with includes locals wines, beers, and spirits. Non-alcoholic drinks include a variety of soft drinks and hot drinks like tea, coffee, and cappuccino.
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.
The boat departs from the Kabatas Pier in Beyoglu with tickets being sold in every travel agency in Istanbul.