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We booked this service to be picked up at the airport after midnight and be driven to the Cruise pier. The driver was there on time, with a sign with our names and the name of his company. He knew where to take us, and the best route to get us there in a timely fashion. He was very courteous, and were were exhausted and grateful!
The driver met us on time at our hotel. We proceeded very quickly to our cruise ship, where he drove right up to the ship and unloaded our baggage right to the ship. We never had to touch it. Well done.
This was not a useful service. The port is only a mile or two from the downtown hotels and a taxi would have been a fraction of the cost.
The driver picked us up late. When I had made the reservation, I had asked for a Hotel pick up at 1:00. The night before our departure, we received a confirmation that a car would pick us up at 2:00. Our boarding time on the ship was 2:00. When we enquired about the distance between our hotel and the port, the hotel staff told us that it was about 3 km so we figured we would be OK. However the driver showed up at 2:45 and we arrived at the terminal at 3:15, because of the heavy traffic. The driver let us out at the main entrance. We then had to run with our luggage to the right terminal for our ship as they were closing down the reception area. We were the last ones to board the ship. As circulation is always problematic in Istanbul, the driver should have foreseen that and pick us up in accordance with this situation. Furthermore, the driver was really not sympathetic.