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Sail Date: August 2013
My husband and I had a wonderful experience on the Variety Cruises' Harmony V doing it's Classical Greece itinerary. We had never been to Greece before and we couldn't imagine seeing it any other way. The cruise itinerary ... Read More
My husband and I had a wonderful experience on the Variety Cruises' Harmony V doing it's Classical Greece itinerary. We had never been to Greece before and we couldn't imagine seeing it any other way. The cruise itinerary had a very nice mix of destinations and because of the ship size, we got to see some obscure islands that we would have never seen otherwise like Monemvassia, Kea and Kythira. We loved the fact that we could visit a new place every day and the ship even stayed docked until early morning so we could really enjoy the nightlife that many of the islands offered. The crew was fabulous and we especially enjoyed our Cruise Director, Joseph's knowledge and amusing personality. The maid service was so efficient and would clean our room almost the moment we stepped out. The ships chef was also top notch and we had some of the best meals on the ship. The ship was beautiful and spacious with an intimate feel. There were about 30 people on our ship and although we got to know everyone, the ship was big enough to give you personal space. I would highly recommend this cruise line to anyone and we are already planning another Variety Cruise vacation with some friends. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2014
This was our first cruising experience and we travelled a long way to do it ! The appeal of a small group and exploring places that weren't crawling with tourists did not disappoint. Our itinerary was Corfu - Kotor, Montenegro - ... Read More
This was our first cruising experience and we travelled a long way to do it ! The appeal of a small group and exploring places that weren't crawling with tourists did not disappoint. Our itinerary was Corfu - Kotor, Montenegro - Dubrovnik & Korcula, Croatia - Bar, Montenegro - Saranda, Albania - Paxo & Corfu, Greece Highlights : Amazing crew. Captain George, Cruise director Nina, Manager Yanni and Bartender/whatever you need Lovvy were all fantastic as were the whole team. Destinations were all amazing - we will never forget sailing into the Bay of Kotor, zipping around on Scooters on Korcula or nights out in Paxos and Corfu. Who can forget Greek night !! Havent laughed that much in years :-D Swim stops were lovely and something the big cruise ships just cant do Customs was all handled for us and we effortlessly did our shore excursions and visits without any queues or hassles The food was sometimes fantastic especially the traditional Greek meals and the BBQ's Housekeeping was great - rooms done twice a day and nothing ever a problem including several last minute ironing requests The other passengers - only 31 in our group including 10 French, 8 Americans, 6 Australians. Got to know most people really well and was a great mix of ages - 10 - 84 ! Have made several friends for life !! Lowlights : Being a small ship there is a fair bit of rock and roll sometimes. We had one pretty rough night but generally calm sailing. Medication readily available. The food was sometimes woeful ( tinned carrots !) and this feedback has been passed on. There was plenty of it and some dishes were incredible. In saying that we were not expecting a gourmet cruise and were more than satisfied. Sometimes its better to eat in town anyway ( Paxos!) Cabins are a little tired. Bizarrely they insist on putting ugly old brown breadspreads on the beds during the day but remove them for the white doonas at turn down - they look far better ! Wifi - extortion like most boats. When is someone going to upgrade their equipment and be the first to break this mould ? Many people are trying to still run businesses back home ( its even marketed to this demographic) so they need to be enabled. The pros far exceeded the cons and overall this cruise was great value for money. We would not hesitate to recommend to others and are already looking at some of Variety's other offerings   Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
We were very excited when we found out about the Variety Cruise line and thought this was the type of cruising that fit our travel style. We have been on the big ships, but while ok when we traveled with a large group of family members, ... Read More
We were very excited when we found out about the Variety Cruise line and thought this was the type of cruising that fit our travel style. We have been on the big ships, but while ok when we traveled with a large group of family members, that is not our taste for just the two of us. Our cruise on the Galileo lived up to our expectations! On ship - I can only give superlatives for everything about the Galileo. All the staff was extremely friendly and helpful, with very personal service on such a small ship. We only had 23 passengers, so it was even more intimate than might be with a full complement of 50. There was one other American couple on board, with other fellow passengers from England, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Ukraine and Australia. A wonderful mix of people! Most, but not all, spoke English. The staff primarily spoke English and French (and Greek). We loved the ship itself with the wooden trim and "pirate ship" look. It was a bit disappointing that the sails were never actually unfurled to see it at full sail. Dining - There were two sit-down dinners - the first night's Welcome dinner and the last Captain's dinner. These menus were very good, but just gave a choice between meat or fish, not multiple choices per course like a standard cruise ship may have. All other meals were buffet style with extensive choices. Breakfast each day included cooked-to-order eggs, as well as full American and European style buffet options, and lots of fresh fruit. Other buffet meals included Seafood and Greek themes. All were excellent and more food than we needed (but it was there, so we "had" to eat!). Ports - Santorini is very touristy for a reason - it is probably the most dramatically beautiful island. The volcanic caldera makes it truly unique, with cliff top towns and deep blue water. Docking right at the pier was very convenient instead of having to tender from the big ships. Other islands visited were Poros, Folegandros, Paros and Syros which were more traditional, less touristy and each had its own local style. They are all interesting to experience and explore. We loved all the whitewashed homes with bright trim (primarily blue, but there are a few rebels with purple and green) and beautiful flowers everywhere. They are definitely Jewels of the Cylades! Swim Stops - we had four days with morning swim stops. The first one at Poliegos was probably the prettiest, surrounded by rocky cliffs. The water was VERY cold in May, but a number of people swam and snorkeled each day, including my husband. I preferred staying on top of the water in the provided kayak. We enjoyed paddling around at each of the stops. We highly recommend the Galileo and look forward to another cruise someday with Variety Cruises. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
I am a great fan of the Galileo ship and unhesitatingly recommend it to anyone looking for truly fantastic experience in the Aegean Sea. I have just returned from one week cruising with Galileos which included various islands such as ... Read More
I am a great fan of the Galileo ship and unhesitatingly recommend it to anyone looking for truly fantastic experience in the Aegean Sea. I have just returned from one week cruising with Galileos which included various islands such as Poros, Polyaigos,Folegandros,Santorini, Paros, Antiparos, Myconos, Kythnos and many more key sites that are expensive to visit independently. All crew were very helpful, friendly and went of there way to ensure we all enjoyed every single day of the trip. The meals were varied, very tasty and well presented. The chef was a surprise! Wine and soft drinks were included with dinner. The choice of a sit down dinner with up to six or more other people allows you to make the acquaintance of other interesting people from all over the world who are also on the cruise with you. All the excursions were included in the cost of the cruise. The guides telling you about the places you are going to visit were extremely knowledgeable and versed about the areas. I would highly recommend this boat trip that you get to see beautiful parts of the Aegean Sea and stop and swim in beautiful breathtaking locations. All were superb as was the organisation of everything on board and on shore while we were in those places. Very comfortable for a couple. I simply cannot wait to go back to Greece for my next boat trip again! Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
We just returned from a Greek Island Cruise on the Galilleo and had an incredible time. We highly recommend it. It's a very small ship, there were only 30 passengers this week (it holds more but wasn't full) so a lot of our trip ... Read More
We just returned from a Greek Island Cruise on the Galilleo and had an incredible time. We highly recommend it. It's a very small ship, there were only 30 passengers this week (it holds more but wasn't full) so a lot of our trip was made wonderful by the other passengers. I don't know that we would have had such a great trip if we hadn't made so many new friends. The ship is very comfortable. Our cabin on the upper deck was large and the cleaning staff kept it spotless. The restaurant area is free seating, which we liked, and there was plenty of space to hang out in the sun or the shade while sailing (although most of the sailing is overnight). We did have one night of rough seas and the sun deck looked like a bit of an infirmary with sick patients, but the staff handled it really well, handing out dramamine instead of drinks, and we all just kind of sat up there until it was over. We didn't do any of the excursions and heard mixed reviews from people. The islands are very easy to get around on your own if you do a little research ahead of time. The cruise director was very anxious for us to walk around each town, but we didn't find that nearly as interesting as exploring all the amazing beaches. The one downside of the cruise was that she didn't really customize the experience for the interests of each guests, she really just tried to sell the excursions. The food on the ship was outstanding. Fresh, delicious, varied, well presented, just great. I could have kept eating like that for weeks on end. We also really enjoyed the swim stops off the side of the boat. If you are looking for a small cruise experience, where you get to know your fellow passengers, get to see islands that aren't overloaded with tourists, and maximize your time on land, this is for you. If you're looking for a cruise with a casino, formal nights, etc. . . . it's not for you. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
There's a new chef this year and he is fantastic. I would recommend that anyone interested in this cruise absolutely book the tour through Odysseys Unlimited. Other passengers have to have a large enough number to go on the shore ... Read More
There's a new chef this year and he is fantastic. I would recommend that anyone interested in this cruise absolutely book the tour through Odysseys Unlimited. Other passengers have to have a large enough number to go on the shore excursions. The A rooms had plenty of space to walk around the bed and very decently-sized showers. Room safe, DVD player and a channel that constantly played a loop of english-language Greece-related movies. There's a library of novel discards from past passengers plus some other guidebooks. The crew were outstanding. They had tons of experience on cruise ships or extremely engaging personalities. Or both. Everyone was so friendly, even when they were concerned about weather or matters they never disclosed to us. I would caution that anyone unaccustomed to strenuous swimming avoid the swim stops. They will cancel if the seas are too rough, but the currents are unpredictable. A bunch of people went in and we all came out safely. A lot of the places we visited had places where it would be easy to trip and fall. Greece is a place for tourists with a dose of common sense about staying out of the street and not behaving recklessly on precarious trails. You must be at least moderately fit in order to reach the amazing places made available to you on this trip. One of the greatest things we saw was the cliff walk on Santorini. You have to pass on the optional excursion, but you can walk through three villages along the cliffs and stop anytime for a coffee or lunch. Probably about three miles roundtrip. You miss seeing Oia, which others say is fantastic, so... A warning: we saw no evidence that Greece is LGBT-friendly, except in parts of Athens and Mykonos. Tradition and religion were evident everywhere. It was a little heartbreaking to know that friends and family would not be greeted with the same enthusiasm. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2016
For the 3rd time we chose to make a cruise with Variety Cruises. This time we sailed the Adriatic and Ionic Seas. Again we had a great experience. A very friendly and helpful cruisedirector, captain, hotelmanager, crew, comfortable ship, ... Read More
For the 3rd time we chose to make a cruise with Variety Cruises. This time we sailed the Adriatic and Ionic Seas. Again we had a great experience. A very friendly and helpful cruisedirector, captain, hotelmanager, crew, comfortable ship, well-equiped cabins and delicious diners, buffets and drinks. We visited 4 countries: Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece, where we did almost all the offered excursions, to get a closer look of each one of them. You also could go your own way if you wanted. The number of guests was 17 and during this week we had so much fun together! Being on a smaller cruiseship means: having a swimstop near a beautiful bay (they can bring you to the shore with the Zodiac if you want to), arriving before the big cruiseships so less crowded in places you're going to visit, getting to now the other guests (if you want to) is easy becouse of te small number, a very luxurious experience. As I said: this was the 3rd time, but it certainly won't be the last. Looking for a next destination... Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This was our first ever cruise and followed us watching the Panorama sail into Santorini's caldera while we were on holiday there in 2015 - we did some research after we got home and the 2016 Adriatic Odyssey itinerary from Variety ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise and followed us watching the Panorama sail into Santorini's caldera while we were on holiday there in 2015 - we did some research after we got home and the 2016 Adriatic Odyssey itinerary from Variety Cruises looked very appealing - covering Croatia-Montenegro-Albania-Greece (calling at Dubrovnik, Korcula, Bar, Sarande, Paxos, Corfu, Kotor, before returning to Dubrovnik). We subsequently booked this 'cruise only' through Blue Water Holidays in Yorkshire, as this gave us a bigger discount than booking direct with Variety. We arranged pre and post cruise overnight stay and flights ourselves, as we are used to making our own bookings and wanted some leeway at the beginning or end of our cruise to avoid any problems caused by delayed flights or return into Dubrovnik. Blue Water provided some information prior to departure but we would have appreciated more. Points to note: * Although we rung the boat beforehand to check which dock it was in, neither Blue Water or the contact on the boat mentioned that we had to access the boat via the international terminal next to the bus station, (the boat was treated as an international departure so passport checks were required before we could get to the relevant part of the dock). This led to us being dropped off in the wrong part of the port by a taxi, having to ask another boat's crew how to find the Panorama and a hot walk with our luggage along the length of the dockside. * Shortly after embarkation we had a comprehensive briefing from the Captain and Variety representative, this explained most of what we'd been wondering about, specifically that no tips are to be made during the cruise, guests would instead be provided with envelopes on the last evening for a cash tip (in Euros) which would then be divided among all of the crew. * The briefing also explained that drinks would be on account for each cabin, with the accounts being settled on the last night of the cruise using either cash (in Euros) or a debit/credit card. * We were asked to book for excursions by lunchtime of the preceding day, to allow time for the necessary transport to be arranged. The cost per person increased for small groups and as there were only 17 passengers in our cruise the excursion groups were almost always in the smallest viable group size, which made them more expensive. We still booked for every excursion offered as we felt this was the best way to get the most out of our itinerary. All of the excursions were either good or excellent, with knowledgeable and personable guides, comfortable transport and some enjoyable tasting (and drinking) sessions included. * The onboard wifi cost 20 Euros for 500mb, I didn't bother as I had 3G coverage for almost all of the time onboard, even when sailing down apparently uninhabited areas of the coast. * We were very fortunate to have very benign weather during our cruise, except for one period of around 12 hours when we sailed through gale force 5/6 winds. Our response to this was to drink a little more that evening but 3 or 4 of the passengers skipped dinner and were a little unwell. It was a little unsettling at first when lying down but we slept ok without needing to take any seasickness / motion sickness medication. * Almost all of the cabins are twin single beds, and as we are used to a king size bed this layout was probably better than us sharing a small double bed. Cabins are cosy but well designed and the small ensuite shower room was perfectly adequate. * Some of our fellow passengers were unhappy with the wine selection offered onboard. We did think it was unfortunate that we were tasting excellent local wines on shore, yet the onboard winelist had some unappealing wines at rather full prices. Our response was to have the Mateus rose every time at 18 Euros a bottle, the most reliable, most palatable and cheapest wine on the menu. * We had 3 or so swim stops during the week, not as many as I had hoped for but generally at least 2 hours for a dip off the boat in warm (for us anyway) Adriatic water. * The sails were raised twice during our week onboard, they can only be used when the boat and wind follow a very specific range of direction but they are very attractive feature of the boat. * Our fellow passengers included two couples below 40 and the majority were between 55 and 65, plus one slightly older. Nationalities were British, American, Australian, New Zealand and Polish. For some reason there was a disproportionately large proportion of passengers who worked in the oil and gas industry. * Our lower deck level cabin (category B?) porthole didn't open (probably best on the windiest section of our trip) so fresh air was from a ceiling vent directly above my head, this was a bit noisy and draughty at times. * Service was excellent throughout - Captain George and Dietmar both deserve a very favourable mention - having just 17 passengers may have given us a much better service experience than if the boat had been closer to its 49 passenger capacity. * The onboard entertainment was limited to 'Greek night' while docked in Corfu, this was great fun and the Corfu Zorbas had us dancing enthusiastically. * The cruise includes breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. We were very happy with the quality of the food but it would have been nice to have eaten onshore a few times as there were so many appealing restaurants and bars - perhaps two days could be offered without lunch and dinner to allow this? Overall the Adriatic Odyssey itinerary was an excellent way to see this section of coast, I don't see how the itinerary could be replicated on land within a week and we got some fantastic views along the way. The Panorama may not be as luxurious, pampering or boutique style as some had expected (based on their previous big ship experiences) but it completely met our expectations and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience, so will be looking for similarly sized boats for cruises in future. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
The best way to know Seychelles Islands. First class service, first class cabin, first class food, first class tours. Variety Cruises has excellent yatch options to cruise, this one was great. The personnel on board Pegasus is ... Read More
The best way to know Seychelles Islands. First class service, first class cabin, first class food, first class tours. Variety Cruises has excellent yatch options to cruise, this one was great. The personnel on board Pegasus is excellent, always trying to serve you at their best. The out shore excursions are very well planned and coordinated. The tour guides excellent. Hotel manager and activities coordinator very well prepared, they communicated in several languages. The food on board excellent and the barbecues at the beach were great. Snorkling perfect. The cleaness at the entire yatch was everyday attention. Small group of people that allows to know them. Time of cruise (7 nights / 8days) is the perfect time to know the islands. Time on each island was very well calculated, so you can know the islands and go around afterwards. On board activities and entertainment are great: bingo, dancing, karaoke, etc. Recommended 100%. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Before arriving at the Port we spent 1 night exploring Athens which was fabulous, we stayed at The Royal Olympic Hotel which was within walking distance of the acropolis, the temple of Zeus and the old town of Athens and had a spectacular ... Read More
Before arriving at the Port we spent 1 night exploring Athens which was fabulous, we stayed at The Royal Olympic Hotel which was within walking distance of the acropolis, the temple of Zeus and the old town of Athens and had a spectacular roof top bar and restaurant with stunning views. On arrival at the Port we were welcomed on board by several members of the Galileo crew including our fabulous and most knowledgable cruise co-ordinator Marita! There were 44 passengers on board, with a range of nationalities and ages. Our Cabin was a reasonable size and had a TV, private bathroom with a big shower and was very comfortable. Our Housekeeper was very efficient and the room was always very clean. Before going on the cruise I had wanted to visit Santorini and although it was breathtakingly stunning with the most amazing views it was also overrun with tourists and cruise passengers. The same in Mykonos, a fabulous island and town to visit for a day/night but after the arrival of a large cruise ship literally thousands of people flooded the town. Enough to put me off ever going on a large cruise ship! Although the small ships lack the amenities of the larger cruise liners, a pool, Casino and nightly entertainment, by going on a smaller boat like the Galileo, we were able to stop for swim stops in small coves, get into ports and islands not visited by the large cruise ships and enjoy "real Greece", the island of Foligandros was a favorite, a small pebble beach with 2 tavernas on it and a beautiful hilltop town with town squares, alleys and small restaurants, small stores selling local art and white houses with blue trim. We were also able to go to Syros which had a more venetian architecture and visit the ancient city on the island of Delos. Marita (our cruise co-ordinator) gave us briefings before every port of call and places to visit and also some guided walking tours, local bus schedules and restaurant recommendations. Our Shore excursions were first class and Marita did an amazing job of keeping us ahead of the crowds! The Food - WOW it was amazing - our chef, and pastry chef did an amazing job, fresh salads, grilled meats, fruit, greek dishes and beautiful cakes and desserts, a BBQ lunch at a swim stop, breakfasts of eggs, meats, cheeses, cereals, breads, fresh fruit and greek yogurt. There were cookies and cakes available 24 hours, tea and coffee and fruit also available 24 hours. Our Bar tender and Hotel Manager was also delightful. My only complaint was the wine - they need a larger/better selection. We enjoyed the Captains Dinner, Greek night being entertained by Greek dancers. Our Captain was professional, approachable but also safety first and we were all invited to visit the bridge. Our Galileo family of passengers and crew made the entire experience delightful and one we hope to repeat in the future to a different destination. We will absolutely cruise on a small Boutique Mega Yacht again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2017
We chose this cruise because of its destination, the size of the boat and the fact that it was vetted by Wilderness Travel, an excellent US travel company. Eight of us traveled for a week along the Dalmatian coast and had a wonderful time ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of its destination, the size of the boat and the fact that it was vetted by Wilderness Travel, an excellent US travel company. Eight of us traveled for a week along the Dalmatian coast and had a wonderful time thanks to the great crew and the really nice ship. The embarkation was the only little problem we encountered: no one answered the phone earlier that day so we did not know where to go on the pier. Turns out you have to go through a customs office first, which was not mentioned in the instructions. But everything after that was great. All of us would recommend this heartily for people who like low-key vacations in smallish vessels. The only reason some of the ratings below (Enrichment activities, Entertainment, Fitness & recreation) do not get "excellent" is that they refer to large cruise ships and we were very very glad not to have them available. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
The itinerary was exactly what we have wanted to do for years. The ship was a little tired but everything was clean and acceptable. Almost all of the meals were buffet style which normally isn't our thing but it must be said that ... Read More
The itinerary was exactly what we have wanted to do for years. The ship was a little tired but everything was clean and acceptable. Almost all of the meals were buffet style which normally isn't our thing but it must be said that there was plenty of food with a good variety for every meal, the food was extremely fresh and even if you were back of the queue there was plenty of every dish to go round. In all we were surprised by the quality of the food which was very good without exception. It was the norm for most people to drink the house wine and ordering anything else was a bit of an ordeal. However the house wine wasn't bad and by the end of the week we were certainly ok with it. The bar was scantily stocked and some nights wasn't even open beyond 10.30pm but even that didn't bother us as the sea air gave us very a very good sleep pattern, so good in fact that we only took one breakfast in the whole week. As for the islands, well once you've seen one you've probably seen most of what tomorrow brings. The people were very friendly and if you ate the local food and drank the local wine then meals out were very very cheap. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
I can't complain about anything. Our trip in Pan Orama through the Adriatic sea (Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece) was absolutely amazing. The crew is incredible, everyone was super nice to us and we felt really ... Read More
I can't complain about anything. Our trip in Pan Orama through the Adriatic sea (Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece) was absolutely amazing. The crew is incredible, everyone was super nice to us and we felt really well-treated by everyone. Absolutely everyone was super kind. The service is amazing, you get your room done twice a day. THE FOOD IS AMAZING!!!!!! The cabins are really well equipped, and they provide you some toiletries. It has a bar and a coffee table, where you can help yourself with coffee, infusions, tea, cookies or fruit 24/7. Its super peaceful and I am looking forward to go on board again. I was scared of being dizzy all day long, but the ship doesn't move that much and you feel in perfect conditions all the time. The shore excursions are really interesting and we went to really beautiful places ashore. The swim stops are one of the most amazing things I've ever done, it's amazing to swim in open sea.The activities on board are really entertaining and they were scheduled in the perfect moments. We relaxed and had the best vacation of our lives. I seriously hope to be back again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
I absolutely loved this cruise! We cruised with Variety Cruises on the Pegasus around the islands of Seychelles. We embarked in Mahe, the main island of Seychelles. We then sailed to Curiese, one of my favourite islands because we ... Read More
I absolutely loved this cruise! We cruised with Variety Cruises on the Pegasus around the islands of Seychelles. We embarked in Mahe, the main island of Seychelles. We then sailed to Curiese, one of my favourite islands because we got to see so many land tortoises! We snorkelled at Ans Lazio beach in Praslin, which was divine! We also went to Cousin island and Aride which are both great for nature lovers. We went to Praslin as well; and also went to La Digue and Moyenne Island. Our cabin was so lovely and our beds, comfortable! My fiance' and I were so incredibly blown away by the impeccable service and food. Never have I eaten such wonderful cuisine. The service was also unparalleled. By the first night the staff knew mine and my fiance's names and were greeting us with warm welcomes. The shore excursions were also excellent; a tad bit of exploring and comfortable walking. I would go again in a heartbeat! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We had a great time; last year we were on the Galileo and this year on the Harmony G; (next year Cuba). The Harmony G is a good ship with a good lay-out. There is a nice deck in the back but you cannot walk around the boat outside or go ... Read More
We had a great time; last year we were on the Galileo and this year on the Harmony G; (next year Cuba). The Harmony G is a good ship with a good lay-out. There is a nice deck in the back but you cannot walk around the boat outside or go outside in the front of the boat (on the Galileo you cold walk around the boat outside and had a lot of outdoor space and we liked that better) Having been to Greece the year prior, we explored on our own this year and were off the ship most days right after breakfast and returned after dinner. We wanted to get as much of the local culture as possible. I did extensive research on Trip Advisor and looking at Google Maps to see the areas we were going prior to leaving home. The islands are friendly and easy and fun to navigate. The only excursion we did was to Delos and that was really cool. Be aware you do not have to take the same boat to and back from Delos - after we realized this we stayed an extra 2 hours to explore the island, café, museum and small shop. On Crete we hired a driver to see more of the island than just Knossos and were gone from boat 12+ hours but had a great time exploring on our own! The service was good but better on the Galileo and overall preferred last years boat but both trips were great. The crew on the Galileo spoke much better English. The demographics of these trips are mostly older 65-70+ ages. We were 1 of 3 younger couples (in 50s) both years we went. Last year it was a mix of Australian, European and Americans. This year a group of Americans had their own guide (private tour) and that was 60% of the boat and most all of the others were also Americans - much different each trip. The food on the boat was really fancy and a little too "foodie" for us; we like basic food; if you like exotic food with some spices you will like it; many people were not thrilled with the meals. If you like small ship cruising, I think this is a great company and a good value. You have to have a sense of adventure because with changing weather you may not see the islands on the schedule. Last year was very windy and the trip was much different than advertised but we went to other islands and had a great time exploring those other islands. This year there was no wind and the seas were flat the entire time and the schedule was exactly as the itinerary stated. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
The MV "Pegasus" is a beautiful small ship with just 21 cabins. So the atmosphere on board has been very cosy and individual. The cabins are spacious, modern and bride. But it was the team and service on board that made this ... Read More
The MV "Pegasus" is a beautiful small ship with just 21 cabins. So the atmosphere on board has been very cosy and individual. The cabins are spacious, modern and bride. But it was the team and service on board that made this cruise really extraordinary. Some details: Just after 1-2 days the service stuff called everyone by name and knew all preferences concerning food and beverages. The hospitality on board simply has been great - service at 5 star level. Moreover the routing and all excursions had been chosen carefully and the organization was perfect. We even didn't have to carry our bags and towels. Every evening our excellent and motivated guide Vivek hold a detailed briefing of next day and created an atmosphere of pleasant anticipation. After all I can only recomend to discover Seychelles by cruise. With Variety you will not just see the touristic highlights such as Vallée de Mai (Coco de Mer) on Praslin or La Digue and the most beautiful beaches, but also the hidden hide-aways such as Curieuse, Felicite or beautiful remote Aride. Variety and its MV Pegasus was a perfect choice! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We wanted to see many islans at Seychelles. The ship was nice and the crew were very friendly and kind. From the first minute we felt like at home. After one day, the staff knew our names and always they were very helpfully. Our cabin was ... Read More
We wanted to see many islans at Seychelles. The ship was nice and the crew were very friendly and kind. From the first minute we felt like at home. After one day, the staff knew our names and always they were very helpfully. Our cabin was big enough and we slept very well in the bed. The bathroom was small, but we had all things we have needed. The diningroom was very comfortable and the meals were delicious! The visits at all the islands were really great! We could see the different natures of the islands and saw many beautiful birds. Also a lot of big giant turtles. We had enough time for snorkeling and the transfers with the tenderboat were very funny. We loved the evenings with dance and life music and all this good cocktails from the bar! We say thank you for a great week on Pegasus❣️ Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We have travelled with Variety before, on the Panorama in Croatia. We chose this trip as a way to see the Seychelles islands as well as the wildlife on land and sea. Our best friends came along on our recommendation despite never having ... Read More
We have travelled with Variety before, on the Panorama in Croatia. We chose this trip as a way to see the Seychelles islands as well as the wildlife on land and sea. Our best friends came along on our recommendation despite never having been on a sea cruise and being a little worried about seasickness. They really enjoyed it, no seasickness or safety issues. We all enjoyed the cameraderie of the other passengers and the crew, we had a blast! What a fantastic way to see this beautiful group of granite islands. Being at sea means it is a bit cooler as it was very hot and humid. We got to see lots of islands, beaches, giant tortoises, dolphins, fairy terns, manta rays, lemon sharks etc. Snorkelling was great as the sea was teeming with marine life. James Bond style beach landings were amazing. Will never forget getting up close with giant tortoises. The cruise followed the same ethos as the other Variety cruise we were on which really appealed to us. A great balance of good food, safe adventure and relaxed luxury. Everyone on board made a great effort to make it a fun and enjoyable adventure- both passengers and crew. The boat was clean and tidy though it would benefit from an update. Our cabin was comfortable with a good sized bathroom and full sized shower cubicle. Service was very personal and better than I have had on larger cruises. I have to say again how exceptional the crew are and we will travel with Variety again in future. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
I was looking for something special for my 60th birthday and the cruise around the Seychelles was perfect, especially as the dates were a perfect match to the big occasion. Our cabin was compact but spotless and comfortable! The crew were ... Read More
I was looking for something special for my 60th birthday and the cruise around the Seychelles was perfect, especially as the dates were a perfect match to the big occasion. Our cabin was compact but spotless and comfortable! The crew were all amazing. Nothing was too much trouble! We were always greeted with a smile and our names, a small touch but shows the attention to detail! Food was fantastic and I am a fussy pescatarian! Each day brought something new and interesting. Lots of wildlife, particularly birds, fish and giant tortoises! Beautiful beaches with some exhilarating landings! I would certainly recommend it as a fabulous way to see these beautiful islands. The small boat, we had only 21 passengers, meant that everyone made friends really quickly and gave the whole experience a really friendly atmosphere! We would definitely consider a Variety cruise again on the strength of our experience! Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2018
We loved everything about this cruise! It was our first time in Greece, and after the cruise we were heading out for two weeks of home exchange and our own adventures, so we really appreciated the introduction this cruise gave us. We ... Read More
We loved everything about this cruise! It was our first time in Greece, and after the cruise we were heading out for two weeks of home exchange and our own adventures, so we really appreciated the introduction this cruise gave us. We toured the Cyclades. The ship is delightful, the crew was extraordinarily cheerful, capable and kind. I had an eating challenge that made my diet really complex, and the Hotel Manager memorized my preferences and had special meals created for me - to the point that the other passengers wondered if perhaps I wasn't getting an upgrade! The ship is in great condition, everything perfectly clean. Our cabin was kept spotless, the bed was comfortable and there was more space than we expected (Category B). We did not do all the tours, although our shipmates were happy with them. We did the Delos excursion and it was terrific. We especially loved that the ship had access to the port piers so that we only used tenders at one island. All the other stops we could come and go as we pleased. The half board plan worked great, we really enjoyed scoping out restaurants on all the islands. We will be back with Variety. This was our 35th wedding anniversary, and we enjoyed every minute! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
My husband and I decided to finally take our honeymoon trip (almost 3 years later) as we were saving it for something big. We have always wanted to visit Greece (was on our bucket list) but also craved the adventure part, so we decided ... Read More
My husband and I decided to finally take our honeymoon trip (almost 3 years later) as we were saving it for something big. We have always wanted to visit Greece (was on our bucket list) but also craved the adventure part, so we decided to go on a cruise. As we were browsing cruise lines in internet we agreed that we didn't want a big cruise, we were looking for something more personal and special, and we now can say Variety Cruises offers exactly that deal. Our journey aboard the Galileo was one of the most exciting experiences I've had, starting by the breathtaking views and relaxed vibe. One of the highlights is the staff, they make sure everyone is comfortable at all times, very diligent and empathetic people with a genuine smile on their face, that made them look like family at the end of our journey. They even learn everyone's name and make sure nobody's left out. One of the positive things about it is that they gave us plenty of time to visit each of the Greek islands, you can enjoy the daytime as nighttime. We made friends easily on the Galileo and enjoyed every moment of it. We have no doubt that we'll make another trip with Variety Cruises in the future, couldn't recommend it more.! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
The ship was exclusively chartered by Vantage World Travel for a cruise around the British Isles. After an overnight in the beautiful Hotel Principal in Edinburgh, we were driven by motorcoach to Inverness, where we embarked on the ... Read More
The ship was exclusively chartered by Vantage World Travel for a cruise around the British Isles. After an overnight in the beautiful Hotel Principal in Edinburgh, we were driven by motorcoach to Inverness, where we embarked on the Voyager. We had a total of 61 passengers, and about 30 crew. This was our tenth trip with Vantage. The ship is well-decorated; we had cabin 330, the largest category except for the owner's suite. There are five decks including the sun deck. There is no lift/elevator, so there are lots of stairs, and they are steep. The dining room was on the same deck with our cabin, and the lounge was one deck below that, so most of our stair-climbing was between those two decks. The next deck down contains a small spa and library and a rear deck from which, in warmer weather ports, one can swim. The wi-fi is available for a charge, and unlike other ships I've been on, it is very slow and is suitable only for email. The food on board is fair-to-good. Dinner rolls were always stale, coffee was always weak, and main courses at dinner were always drowned in sauces. The breakfast and lunch buffets were good, never great. Dinners were not well-thought-out. One night we had lamb shanks, the next night osso bucco (veal shank!) Desserts were only fair. The ship is small, and in rough seas it can really be rough. We had two nights when it was difficult to get into bed because of the ship's movement. Now the good news: The crew was sensational. Most of the executives were Greek, and the servers from Mauritius or Ukraine. The excursions were excellent. And James, our Vantage program manger, was fantastic. He knew every passenger by name, and took care of all of us. We stopped in the Isle of Skye, Orkney. Oban, Belfast, Dublin, two places in Wales, Stonehenge, and finally overnight in London. There was regional entertainment on board, and all of it was worthwhile. Overall a very good cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
Greece was my bucket list destination. Because we wanted to see a variety of islands and only had a short time we chose the Jewels of the Cyclades Cruise with Variety. I am glad we did. First off. The ship is charming and because of its ... Read More
Greece was my bucket list destination. Because we wanted to see a variety of islands and only had a short time we chose the Jewels of the Cyclades Cruise with Variety. I am glad we did. First off. The ship is charming and because of its size you spend a lot of time at port instead of getting to the port. Our Cabin was necessarily small ( its a small ship!) but well appointed. I chose Cat A because i like the outside entrance. The staff is fabulous, very accommodating. The food is fantastic. The upper deck is magic. Second the Islands. Mostly you sail early am or late at night and so you get to spend a lot of quality time at each island. That said. Do your homework or take the excursions. The excursions are small groups and not too expensive so I recommend them if you don't know the islands or don't like to strike out on your own. We tend to go off on our own so I did research and we mostly explored each island either by bus on foot or rented a car (Make sure you have your International Drivers Cert) Must see -Go to Rakentia on the island of Folegandros ! you can take a bus from the marina and then walk there from town) Don't miss the excursion to Delos. and so final thought.. I really don't like cruises, and swore I would never take another, but I've been converted. On this small ship cruise you feel more like you are on a private yacht with your friends. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
This sailing was incredible from start to finish! The staff were all friendly, helpful, and couldn't do enough for you. The ship was an older classic style yacht, very comfortable but definitely a dated look to it. The cabins were ... Read More
This sailing was incredible from start to finish! The staff were all friendly, helpful, and couldn't do enough for you. The ship was an older classic style yacht, very comfortable but definitely a dated look to it. The cabins were small but comfortable, the beds were a little on the hard side for my taste but were still cozy enough to get a good night's sleep. The food on board was wonderful! The kitchen staff outdid themselves at every meal. I swear we barely ever stopped eating on board, as soon as breakfast was cleared, someone was out offering fresh slices of watermelon, then lunch, then a dish of sorbet on the sun deck, then an amazing dinner and cocktails, definitely overdid it but everything was impeccable. The cruise director was always knowledgeable about our ports, giving us plenty of insight on what to do while in each country (Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece). I do think the excursions could be improved upon though, they only offered a couple excursions in each port, and they were participation based, so if the one you wanted didn't have enough guests, it didn't happen. That being said, the only port I think an excursion is truly necessary is Albania. My favorite stops were Korcula, Kotor, Anti-Paxos and Paxos (Anti-Paxos had the best beach and bluest waters I've ever seen in my life!). I would gladly travel with Variety in the future, and look forward to the day I get to sail with them again! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
The Seychelles has always been a bucket list destination for me and it did not disappoint! By traveling with Variety on a yacht cruise you get to see so many destinations that you would not see if you stayed at a hotel on one island or ... Read More
The Seychelles has always been a bucket list destination for me and it did not disappoint! By traveling with Variety on a yacht cruise you get to see so many destinations that you would not see if you stayed at a hotel on one island or traveled on a larger ship. Not only did we get to see so many destination we also had an incredible experience on board the ship. Our cabin was very comfortable was incredible views from our portholes. Because it is a small ship with a capacity of about 44 people the crew is able to get to know you and your individual needs. We were on a first name basis with everyone from the interior crew to the captain and they were so friendly and welcoming! There are multiple turn down services a day, the bartender knew our drink preferences and the hotel manager George was the best host! Truly the trip of lifetime and I miss the crew already! I cannot wait for my next Variety Cruises experience! Read Less
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