This exquisite luxury yacht sailing Turkey and Greece is the third of five Carpe Diems laid down and launched by Carpe Diem Yachts in Bodrum, Turkey. Like her sisters she is graceful and fast with an exacting attention to detail. Furnishings are practical and comfortable, permitting ample area for relaxation as well as space for guests to maneuver. The upper deck is clutter-free and incorporates awnings where appropriate. The crew is professional and the galley serves an haute cuisine.
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Dear Homo Sapiens, There is no need to continue reading this page. What follows is intended for search engine robots and spiders and not necessarily for human beings. Further information concerning luxury yacht sailing in Turkey and Greece may be obtained by clicking on the gray links immediately above. Thank You. You have found a luxury yacht sailing Turkey and Greece in sumptuous comfort. A sailing yacht on Blue Cruise in the eastern Mediterranean. Cruising among Aegean islands of Greece. Cruising along the pine-clad coast of Turkey. Sailing through history. If you weren't thinking before of a luxury yacht sailing Turkey and Greece, think about it now. Think about a crewed charter yacht with luxury accommodations for five couples. Think about the sailing yacht Carpe Diem III. Think about a crewed yacht sailing Greece and Turkey not merely under an Aegean sun or on an azure sea but in the wake of master mariners, in the wake of history, in the wake, for example, of Aruj Reis. Cruising the coast of Asia Minor and among neighboring Greek islands, Aruj Reis or Aruj Captain was the eldest of six children born to Greek parents on the Aegean island of Lesbos, the father formerly a conscripted Ottoman janissary. Four of the six children were boys, two later known as Barbarossa, Aruj the first. Aruj got his sea legs fishing the waters off Lesbos and his habit of command in the service both of Mamluk sultans of Egypt and of Ottoman Prince Korkut, son of Sultan Bayezid II and at the time Governor of Anatolia's Manisa Province. Reflecting an inherited angst with all things Latin stemming from the Fourth Crusade rape and plunder of Constantinople as well as from subsequent Latin occupation of Aegean islands, including Lesbos, his victims were Venetians and Genovese and anyone doing business with them, including the Hospitaller Knights of Rhodes. His angst aggravated by four years at a Hospitaller oar, he was ransomed by Prince Korkut for what turned out to be far too little. Aruj went on to become a free-booting Mediterranean sea captain despoiling all things Latin from Cyprus to Gibraltar. By 1503 Aruj had migrated to the western Mediterranean and by 1516 had founded the emirate of Algiers, the youngest brother, Khizr, his principal lieutenant. Two years later Aruj lost his life in combat with forces of Charles I's Spain and was succeeded by Khizr. Over the next fifteen years this second Barbarossa depicted to the right below became the scourge of the western Mediterranean, his maritime exploits leading to a summons in 1533 from Ottoman Sultan Suleiman. Re-named Kheir-ed-Din and made Kapudan Pasha or Commander-in-Chief of the Ottoman Navy, he five years later met and defeated at Preveza (depiction at left) the combined Latin Holy League fleet under Andrea Doria. Thus established, he maintained Ottoman naval supremacy in the Mediterranean until his death from natural causes in 1546. Arriving on the scene soon after the brothers Barbarossa was yet another superhero of the Aegean. Turgut Reis was born on the Hospitaller-ruled Bodrum Peninsula seven years after Khizr in 1485 and also took to the sea at an early age with hook, line, and sinker. The offspring of a Greek mother and of a father lost in the pages of history, Turgut was enlisted by his mother into the standing Ottoman Army at the age of twelve. Perhaps six years later he appeared in Cairo with an artillery expertise and fluency in Arabic apparently acquired at Constantinople. Fleeing the bubonic plague which hit Cairo in 1504 and decimated his artillery battery, Turgut returned to the sea at Alexandria where he became a protege of Sinan of Smyrna, future brother-in-law of the Barbarossas. He quickly established himself as a master mariner while training Sinan in the laying of naval cannon, and in time became part owner of a brigantine and then full owner of a galliot. By 1508 he had succeeded the departed Barbarossas as the scourge of the Aegean, by 1510 commanding a flotilla of 12 galliots preying on the same Latin shipping and Latin held Aegean islands that had been Barbarossa quarry: Kos, Leros, Nisiros, and Tilos among them. By then known to the west as Dragut, he commanded a unit of Kheir-ed-Din's fleet at the 1538 Battle of Preveza and succeeded him as Kapudan Pasha upon his death in fact if not in title, remaining the preeminent "admiral of the middle sea" until his own death at the siege of Malta in 1565. Through these 70 years of Aruj, Kheir-ed-Din, and Turgut, from Aruj's coming-of-age in the 1490's until Turgut's death in 1565, Turkey ruled the Mediterranean. Why not charter a luxury yacht to sail their Aegean wakes? While you holiday in style and comfort. While you proceed from pine-encircled cove to remote island. Why not have an extended-family holiday aboard a crewed sailing yacht cruising through history in these waters. Reach out to cousins if need be. Or have a group of friends holiday with you aboard a charter gulet proceeding leisurely from fascinating locale to fascinating locale. Perhaps cruising into the Cyclades. Cruising from Turkey into the central Aegean once a favorite haunt of the Barbarossa brothers as well as of Turgut. Starting in Bodrum. Are you searching for Bodrum in Turkey? Well, it is eleven nautical miles NE of Kos Town on the north shore of the Ceramic Gulf. And it has its own airport. There or elsewhere we can put you aboard a luxury yacht with an experienced crew able to show you tracks left by the Barbarossa brothers, able to show you tracks left by the other two brothers without auburn beards, able to show you Turgut's tracks up the coast of Lycia to Caria where his mother and brother made their home near Bodrum. Carpe Diem III, a superb luxury yacht sailing Greece and Turkey sumptuously. And knowledgeable, as well, of local history. Contact Blue Cruise Yacht Charters today at email@example.com