Rating: 4 out of 5.

Another thing that has to be done in Istanbul is to cruise part of the 30 kilometer Bosphorus Strait, the water that splits the city’s European side from the Asian side and incidentally also connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Cruises start mainly from Eminonu near the southern end of the Galata Bridge and it didn’t take long before the boat we were in filled up.


The cruise took all of 90 minutes to go all the way to the second bridge and then back. One distressing thing about the cruise was watching some of the passengers, both young and old, throwing garbage into the waters! First I saw people throwing bread to feed the seagulls, then I saw plastic wrappers and bottles. How unbelievable is that.

Aside from that one disturbing fact, the cruise was still well worth the ride. The ship came through safely, the crowds manageable, and the views beautiful. I only hope that people discover the harm and idiocy of their actions before it’s really too late. 

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