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Variety Cruises Overview
Variety Cruises is the perfect name for this Athens-based cruise line, which historically specializes in small-ship Mediterranean cruising using a mix of motor and motor/sailing ships. Cruises are laid-back with lots of time for independent exploration.
Who goes on Variety Cruises cruise ships?
Variety attracts a broad range of international cruisers, although all shore excursions and public announcements are provided in English. Passengers tend to be well-educated, well-traveled couples and singles, mostly more than 55 years old, looking for soft adventure and historical perspective. Honeymooners are not uncommon on weeklong Greek cruises.
Although there are no age restrictions, bringing kids under the age of 11 is not advised.
Do I have to dress up on a Variety Cruise?
No. In keeping with the yacht-like atmosphere, the daily norm is casual clothing. Variety recommends plenty of swimwear for water sports and comfortable shoes for walking on shore.
What are Variety's most popular activities?
Variety cruises tend to be social in nature, and cruisers enjoy congregating together on deck or in the lounge, chatting or playing cards. Most of the line's yachts have water sports platforms that are used when at anchor, and there are fins, masks and snorkels available onboard; in some regions the ships also carry kayaks.
The generous time in port, including overnights, encourages cruisers to interact with locals, and it's not uncommon to see groups of cruisers eating together at a restaurant ashore.
Is everything free on Variety Cruises?
No. Unless you buy a specific package, you'll pay extra for shore excursions, transfers to and from the yacht, alcoholic beverages, massage and beauty treatments, gratuities, Wi-Fi and laundry service.
Which meals are included also varies by the fare purchased; you can book a fare with breakfast plus lunch or dinner, or a fare that includes all three meals.
The use of water sports equipment is always included in the cruise fare.