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Caroline Tress Balsbaugh

Thank you for a memorable vacation. I will never forget the beauty of your boat, the Mediterranean sea and the people. I feel like crying with happiness and sadness. Love, fondness and thanks..

Caroline Tress Balsbaugh, Boston, USA


Dear Serhan, I hope you are well and that things are less hectic for you. I am keen to book another boat for next year. It was the best holiday ever, thank you again for everything.

L.Showering August 2010

John Legge & Marie Hanson

The cruise off the Croatian coast was fantastic, with the islands producing a different port of call every night. Onboard the gulet was spacious, extremely comfortable, and captain and his crew were wonderful hosts. The cook, produced some of the most magnificent dishes out of the tiny kitchen where he worked, and they all contributed to us having a most enjoyable experience on the cruise.
Captain was flexible in his navigation, and subtly altered our itinerary to accommodate the changing weather conditions, and ensure our comfort at all times.There were similarities with our Turkish cruise of 2007, in as much as we had a large, spacious boat with very comfortable accommodations, a wonderful capable, and attentive crew, and a beautiful coastline to cruise. On both occasions the booking was flexible enough to allow us to provision the boats with our own alcohol and beverages, and the meals provided were first class. The Turkish coast offered a combination of cities and towns, or quiet, picturesque coves to berth for the night, which offered a wonderful combination of peaceful and busy. On the other hand, the Croatian coast offered a multitude of berthing options, depending on which way we navigated through the islands, and on the main, we stayed at ancient island towns.
If asked which one I enjoyed more; I enjoyed them both; but both were different, but fantastic. Each trip has been the trip of a lifetime, and i would recommend others go on either cruise……… they won’t be disappointed.Once again, many thanks to you, and all at Vela Dare, for your contribution to our wonderfull holidays…….first class.

John Legge & Marie Hanson. Melbourne, Australia. September 2010.

The Earl of Derby

We had a really super trip thank you so much for organising it all. Suleyman and his crew all looked after us very well. It was a delight to do the Eastern cruise again and amazing that we never berthed in the same place as last year. Last year I offered a few constructive comments as to how things could have been better but this year I cannot as they have all been acted on and we had a really wonderful holiday. With best wishes and thanks.

The Earl of Derby DL July 2010

Dawn Moss

Dear Serhan,We could not be having a better time. Our captain, Yusef and the crew are so amazing. Gentlemen all. And the food !! amazing.
Thank you for all the wonderful arrangements. Our holiday will come to an end in two short days, but the memories we have made will last forever. Our children have had a small taste of Turkey. I am sure they will be back!.

Dawn Moss , Vancouver CANADA, June 2011