Three boats are associated with this brand which include the luxurious Pereme 1 (Nazmi Alev – blue lights) followed by Alaturka Pereme (Adyin Sedat) and the original Pereme (Girit – purple lights).
If you’re wondering what to expect from a New Year’s Eve Cruise on a Pereme 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.
They start with whirling dervishes, followed by Turkish gypsies. A caucasian dance comes next and typically concludes the pre-dinner entertainment.
After the break a group belly dancer show comes next, followed by the rhythm dance show. The finale is an exotic belly dancing show which leads to music being played in the background while the crew prepares for midnight.
A welcome cocktail accompanies their greeting along with table snacks that include yellow Cheese, green olives, mixed nuts, crudites, cherry tomatoes, chips, and sauce.
You’ll have a selection of ten different kinds of mezzes as your cold starters that are accompanied by fresh seasonal salad.
These will be followed by a hot starter pastry made with feta cheese, potato croquet, and chicken penne.
Freshly prepared by a Pereme chef the main course consists of a turkey dinner with rice.
A delicious piece of baklava and seasonal fruits 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 as the boat does a slow crawl back to port.
The boat departs from the Kabatas Pier in Beyoglu with tickets being sold in every travel agency in Istanbul.