We sailed off from Marmaris early Saturday morning. The passage through the canal was expected to take place the next evening, which meant I had enough time to prepare myself (and camera) and choose the best spots. This could have been a once in a lifetime opportunity for me, and if something had gone wrong I wouldn’t have been able just to ask the captain to do the passage again!
At 6:30pm, I heard the yacht stop its engines, and when I went outside to find out what had happened, I realized we were here. So I positioned myself at the sun deck, the highest point of the yacht, where I knew I could take a lot of photos and videos at the same time.
As we entered the canal, I noticed people standing on both banks of the passage. Some of them were random viewers, while others were stuck in their cars waiting for us to pass so they could continue driving across the passage; the canal is crossed by several roads and a motor way, as well by a railway line.
A little further into the canal, I noticed a special observation deck full of people who came specially to watch the passage of the ships. Among the onlookers were a group of school kids who couldn’t contain their excitement. This definitely made the passage very emotional, and I still get goose-bumps every time I remember this special moment.