Review: SeaJets Ferries Greece

Review: SeaJets Ferries Greece

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While I usually review airplanes, airports, and hotels, I also sometimes take trains and ferries, so I review those when I think it’s useful or interesting. During our time in Greece we took two separate ferries — one to get from Crete to Santorini, and one to get from Santorini to Mykonos.

In this post I wanted to share my experience with SeaJets, one of the biggest ferry lines in Greece.

Why you’re best off taking ferries between Greek islands

While Greece has some pretty solid airlines (Aegean Airlines, Olympic Airways, and Sky Express), for the most part they don’t offer many inter-island flights. Rather if you want to fly between islands you typically have to connect in Athens, which is a time consuming detour.

Not only does flying take longer, but I find it to be a pain:

  • Airports on Greek islands weren’t build to handle the number of passengers they have nowadays, and I find the passenger experience to typically be terrible
  • The airlines time their schedules so that you typically have a connection of under an hour in Athens, which can be stressful; there are often ATC delays in Greece, airlines don’t pad their schedules much, and more often than not you’ll arrive at and depart from a remote stand in Athens, so you’ll be running to make your connection
Flying within Greece isn’t fun

That’s why I generally recommend taking ferries in Greece when you’re traveling between islands that aren’t too far from one another. Not because they’re fun, but because they’re the lesser of two evils.

SeaJets booking & pricing

You can book tickets directly on SeaJets’ website, and it can make sense to do so in advance. SeaJets has multiple “classes,” and I tend to think that paying for the most premium seating (known as Platinum Class) can be worth it if you can swing it, given the modest premium.

To give you a sense of pricing:

  • We paid 84€ (~$99.60) per person for Platinum Class seats from Heraklion to Santorini
  • We paid 78.80€ (~$93.40) per person for Platinum Class seats from Santorini to Mykonos

I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect with “Platinum” over “Silver” or “Club,” given that there wasn’t much info online. But given the modest price premium (~20%), I figured it was worth giving a shot.

SeaJets schedules can’t be relied on

Unsurprisingly, SeaJets schedules really can’t be relied on. We took two ferries, and had delays ranging from a a couple of hours to one day.

I booked our ferry from Crete to Santorini about a week in advance. Less than 24 hours later I received a notice saying that the ferry had been canceled. The next ferry would be either a day earlier or a day later. Go figure we had to then rework our hotel stays. Since our stay in Santorini was non-refundable, we decided to leave to Santorini one day earlier rather than one day later.

For our ferry from Santorini to Mykonos, I received a message about two hours before departure stating that the ferry would be delayed by 1hr45min, though the delay ended up being even longer than that.

During this time I also discovered a website that’s basically the ship equivalent of Flightradar24, and lets you track where ships are located. This came in handy, since I wondered if the delay could be even longer than posted, or if it might even be moved forward. Fortunately I could see where the ship actually was, and based on that could estimate how long it would take to get to us.

So yeah, SeaJets isn’t terribly reliable.

SeaJets Naxos Jet from Crete to Santorini

Our ferry from Heraklion, Crete, to Thira, Santorini, was operated by SeaJets’ Naxos Jet. This is a ship that was built in 1991, that can accommodate 700 passengers and 75 vehicles, and that’s 243 feet long. The ferry was supposed to depart at 8:00AM and arrive at 9:50AM.

Boarding started at around 7:30AM, and all passengers board via the ramp that also loads cars. Then you take stairs up to the passenger deck.

SeaJets Naxos Jet in Heraklion, Crete

It’s recommended that passengers leave their bags on the car deck, though I can’t imagine just leaving bags there unattended, so we took them with us.

SeaJets Naxos Jet car deck

The cabin was massive, and made an A380 cabin look like nothing by comparison.. There was one main seating area that could seat the bulk of passengers.

SeaJets Naxos Jet main seating
SeaJets Naxos Jet seating
SeaJets Naxos Jet main seating

While the seats were well padded, the legroom in the main part of the cabin looked tight.

SeaJets Naxos Jet main seating

There was also a cafe in this area, with food and drinks for purchase.

SeaJets Naxos Jet cafe

The Platinum Class seating was to the very right of the cabin, and was behind a curtain.

SeaJets Naxos Jet Platinum seating

The Platinum Class cabin was significantly nicer and quieter. Seating was in a 2-2 configuration, the legroom was much better, there were windows, there were power outlets, and perhaps most importantly, the cabin didn’t seem to have the same percent occupancy as the rest of the ship.

SeaJets Naxos Jet Platinum seating
SeaJets Naxos Jet Platinum seating
SeaJets Naxos Jet Platinum seating

There was a Platinum Class attendant there to take care of passengers. While you still have to pay for food and drinks, they bring them to you. That’s a nice feature, since the line at the cafe was otherwise long. I ordered a cappuccino and a muffin. I’d definitely recommend ordering before departure, since you never know how bumpy it will get during the ride.

SeaJets Naxos Jet Platinum food & drinks

We left the port on time at 8AM, and at first I thought to myself that this was quite an enjoyable cruise.

Cruising on the SeaJets Naxos Jet

Well, that changed about 30 minutes in, when it got rough. Like, really rough. I’m not someone who has ever gotten seasick or who usually gets motion sickness, but my gosh, I was on the verge of puking. The poor attendant could barely stay on his feet, but kept having to pass out sick bags, as a countless number of people were puking.

Sickness bags being passed out

The rough waters continued for over an hour. Things finally got better at around 9:45AM, five minutes before our scheduled arrival. Woot, I figured we made it! Then I realized there was no land in sight, so I looked at the map on my phone, only to realize we were only at the halfway point of the journey.

We ended up arriving at a little after 11AM, about 1hr15min behind schedule. I’m not sure if we were going slower due to the rough water, or what, but there was no explanation for the delay.

I was just happy to be back on firm ground.

SeaJets Naxos Jet upon arrival in Santorini
SeaJets Naxos Jet upon arrival in Santorini

SeaJets Champion Jet 2 from Santorini to Mykonos

Our ferry from Thira, Santorini, to Mykonos, was operated by SeaJets’ Champion Jet 2. This is a ship that was built in 1997, that can accommodate 1,000 passengers and 200 vehicles, and that’s 285 feet long. The ferry was supposed to depart at 12:35PM and arrive at 2:50PM, but ended up being delayed by over two hours. Nonetheless this ended up being a much better experience than our first ferry.

We ended up having to wait in the port for about an hour, since we didn’t know when exactly our ship would depart. The port in Thira has some cafes and shops set up, and as you’d expect they’re quite touristy. Nonetheless they’re popular, because if you want to get out of the sun and sit in the shade, it’s your only option.

Shops and restaurants at the port in Thira, Santorini

When the ship arrived, boarding was conducted in an aggressively efficient manner, as people were literally shooed onto the ship. I’d guess that the ferry was maybe docked for five minutes before it left, and during that time they loaded cars and hundreds of people.

SeaJets Champion Jet 2 in Santorini

Once again, it was recommended that people store their luggage downstairs, but that’s not something I’d recommend doing.

SeaJets Champion Jet 2 baggage storage

This ship had much nicer accommodations for Platinum Class guests, as there was a separate room with a door for those with Platinum tickets.

SeaJets Champion Jet 2 Platinum cabin

Not only that, but the seating as such was also more comfortable than on the previous ship, with each guest having a table.

SeaJets Champion Jet 2 Platinum seating
SeaJets Champion Jet 2 Platinum seating

There was even an attendant and a cafe counter in the cabin, so that they could serve you directly from there, rather than having to go to the main cafe.

SeaJets Champion Jet 2 Platinum bar

The menu read as follows:

I ordered a cappuccino, which was surprisingly decent for a ferry.

SeaJets Champion Jet 2 Platinum cappuccino

The ride took just over two hours, and unlike the first one, it was smooth the entire way, and the ride was almost enjoyable. I managed to stay productive for most of the trip, thanks to the fact that there was a cell signal most of the way (since we were passing other islands), so I could tether off my phone.

I guess because the ferry was running late, everyone was advised to already go to the lower deck 10 minutes before the ship arrived in Mykonos, so that we could get off the second it arrived. Once again they rushed everyone off the ship, and it was already on its way a minute after we arrived.

Arriving in Mykonos

I think SeaJets Platinum Class is worth it

When I booked our tickets, I wasn’t sure if SeaJets Platinum Class would be worth the premium. Having taken two ferries, I can say with certainty that I think it’s a good value. Platinum Class is only marginally more expensive than the cheapest seating option (by ~20%), and the way I view it, the benefits include:

  • Significantly more legroom and seat width, and on one ferry we even had a separate cabin
  • Service to your seat from an attendant (though you still have to pay for food & drinks)
  • The ability to more easily store your bags near you, since you have more space around your feet (I wouldn’t feel comfortable leaving my bags unattended on the car deck)
  • Better odds of having an emptier cabin (on both of our ferries, occupancy levels were lower in Platinum Class than the rest of the ship)

So while there’s no priority boarding, complimentary food & drinks, or other special services, it’s still money well spent, in my opinion.

Bottom line

SeaJets is the largest passenger ferry company in Greece, and it’s definitely the best way to get between islands. While I found SeaJets to be highly unreliable (both ferries had major schedule changes and were delayed on top of that), it’s still better than the other option, which is flying via Athens.

If you come into your SeaJets experience with low expectations you shouldn’t be too disappointed. And if you can pay for Platinum Class, I’d recommend doing so, as the extra space and service makes it worthwhile.

If you’ve taken a SeaJets ferry in Greece, what was your experience like?

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  1. Yury Kalmykov Guest

    Horrible service. Not only horrible but also unsafe. Very unsafe! Boats hurry up people while loading. Tickets not checked when loading, checking only when moving, turns out people take wrong boat. They are in the hurry to get people off the boat, so you have to try to walk while holding on to something, so you get thrown from side to side. Masks not worn for many people and it's quite packed on boat.
    ...

    Horrible service. Not only horrible but also unsafe. Very unsafe! Boats hurry up people while loading. Tickets not checked when loading, checking only when moving, turns out people take wrong boat. They are in the hurry to get people off the boat, so you have to try to walk while holding on to something, so you get thrown from side to side. Masks not worn for many people and it's quite packed on boat.
    Just too many things to write about unsafe experience unfortunately.

  2. kabukijuul Guest

    I think I may have just replicated your experience. I just got off Sea Jet 2 from Milos to Santorini this morning. It was quite an experience. People were sick everywhere. The passengers on both sides of me puked at least 3x a piece. People were screaming and bags were flying around the cabin. One woman got off the ferry literally whimpering. Thank goodness I read your review a few weeks ago and came prepared....

    I think I may have just replicated your experience. I just got off Sea Jet 2 from Milos to Santorini this morning. It was quite an experience. People were sick everywhere. The passengers on both sides of me puked at least 3x a piece. People were screaming and bags were flying around the cabin. One woman got off the ferry literally whimpering. Thank goodness I read your review a few weeks ago and came prepared. I gave my entire family bonine and we were the only ones not sick as a dog. Thanks Lucky!

  3. Hilton New Member

    If going from Heraklion to Thira(Santorini) please avoid Seajets and take the Santorini palace(Minoan lines) it's on time has a more professional looking crew who were all very nice, cleaner ferry, cleaner bathrooms, bigger ferry, on time. You can take your baggage up top to your seating level because they have baggage storage area's on every level of seating. the prices are inexpensive especially if you join their club which saves 20%. The Vip seating...

    If going from Heraklion to Thira(Santorini) please avoid Seajets and take the Santorini palace(Minoan lines) it's on time has a more professional looking crew who were all very nice, cleaner ferry, cleaner bathrooms, bigger ferry, on time. You can take your baggage up top to your seating level because they have baggage storage area's on every level of seating. the prices are inexpensive especially if you join their club which saves 20%. The Vip seating with table is so worth the price, you have your own restrooms (which get cleaned by staff during the trip your own cafe for ordering food. they even have the area roped off with a crew member standing watch. it's also cheaper than Seajets Plat seating. We enjoyed our Sunday morning ferry to Santorini 2 weeks.

  4. jeffers New Member

    Seriously though, I got about a paragraph in thinking hmm...this is similar to something I've read before. Then I realized it was a copy of this. Took me a while.

  5. Kelly L Carlson Guest

    We are scheduled to take the 3:30pm ferry from Santorini to Heraklion. We are scheduled to arrive at 5:15pm and have an 8:20pm flight to Frankfurt. What are everyone's thoughts on making that flight given everything that I am reading, this might be risky?? Other options that people recommend??

  6. Cathe Guest

    For us was a nightmare, they cancel our 8am ferry from Santorini to Mykonos so we took the next at 11am with more than 1 hour delayed. We didn't get any notification, mail, nothing and the staff was very rude and unprofessional during the boarding process without apologies. Never again and not recommended it.

  7. DRWflyer Guest

    Don’t know how you ended up choosing the worst ferry companies. I have done ferries in Greece multiple times and never had any significant delays with Blue Star and others. I don’t really understand the mistrust of other passengers and your bags. Lock it and leave it. You’re all on a boat, where are they going to take it? What a pain to carry it upstairs. Just take your personal items/valuables with you. Do you...

    Don’t know how you ended up choosing the worst ferry companies. I have done ferries in Greece multiple times and never had any significant delays with Blue Star and others. I don’t really understand the mistrust of other passengers and your bags. Lock it and leave it. You’re all on a boat, where are they going to take it? What a pain to carry it upstairs. Just take your personal items/valuables with you. Do you also not use the overhead bins on a plane in case someone steals your bag while you’re asleep?

  8. Neil Guest

    Then there is the high probability of a strike by the ferry workers, which impacted our last trip to Greece. We were forced to leave Santorini one day early to avoid the strike. Fortunately, we were able to check in early to our Naxos hotel, but of course we lost one day of our prepaid Santorini accomodations and incurred an extra day in Naxos. Travel is not without it's challenges.

  9. George Anthony Guest

    Good article and advice, especially re upgrading to be more comfortable. Thanks also for the pics.I’ve been to Greece and it’s islands at least 10 times. Since there are over 150 inhabited islands, plane Vs ferry always comes down to where you are travelling to and from ie distance of trip, timetables, availability of plane Vs ferry, how much time you have and personal preference.On average, travelling out of Athens to a more distant island...

    Good article and advice, especially re upgrading to be more comfortable. Thanks also for the pics.I’ve been to Greece and it’s islands at least 10 times. Since there are over 150 inhabited islands, plane Vs ferry always comes down to where you are travelling to and from ie distance of trip, timetables, availability of plane Vs ferry, how much time you have and personal preference.On average, travelling out of Athens to a more distant island is best done by plane. All planes are very reliable and usually on time. Aegean airlines has won the IATA award for best regional airline in Europe at least 7 years in a row and they are a professional and well regarded company . Olympic airlines and sky express are also very good.
    Agree that ferries can sometimes be unreliable and there can be delays , however you discovered one of the reasons why!! The sea and weather aren’t always predictable, so when the travel conditions are not good, delays can occur, especially in smaller ferries, so sometimes companies delay to avoid rough conditions. Recommend also the website called Ferry Hopper in Greece for ferry and timetabling options. Oh, wish I was in Greece now!!

  10. Stef Guest

    Hi there!

    Employee of a major web portal for ferry tickets here in Greece.

    Very nice article, learned some things I didn't know!

    A couple of notes:

    First, Seajets isn't the biggest ferry company in Greece. That title easily goes to Blue Star Ferries, especially after the acquisition of Hellenic Seaways. Although, as my boss jokes, they're really trying to make Seajets the biggest, as their booking system keeps having problems!

    Second, as the vast...

    Hi there!

    Employee of a major web portal for ferry tickets here in Greece.

    Very nice article, learned some things I didn't know!

    A couple of notes:

    First, Seajets isn't the biggest ferry company in Greece. That title easily goes to Blue Star Ferries, especially after the acquisition of Hellenic Seaways. Although, as my boss jokes, they're really trying to make Seajets the biggest, as their booking system keeps having problems!

    Second, as the vast majority of Seajets' fleet is high speed catamarans, they're massively impacted by weather, and the small the the ferry, the bigger the problem.
    The fact that you had many delays and changes is no news for Seajets, as they are the ones most prone to it.

    Another type of vessel that seems to have issues all the time, are flying dolphins. As these are mostly former USSR vessels, their age is really beginning to show. I would much rather recommended other ferries, if available.

    Let me know if you have any questions, I would love to answer them!

  11. Michael Guest

    Thanks you for your helpful information, Ben. We're scheduled to ferry from Santorini to Heraklion next week and now I'm trying to figure out if I can upgrade my ticket (booked on ferryhopper, but I have a seajets confirmation #). It's supposed to be windy too, so maybe I should pick up some dramamine in advance?

  12. Alexis L Guest

    Since you did not leave your luggage in the recommended area, where did you end up storing it? Was there luggage storage near the seats? Thanks!

  13. Indopithecus Guest

    My wife and I took SeaJets in 2017 Heraklion - Thira, Thira - Mykonos, and Mykonos - Athens. We went Platinum Class. As you say, it is a much better experience for the slight premium. All our voyages were pretty much on time and, thank heavens, the sea was as flat as a pancake (I get nauseous quite easily). Platinum Class was nearly empty throughout; in covid times this would be a significant attraction. We...

    My wife and I took SeaJets in 2017 Heraklion - Thira, Thira - Mykonos, and Mykonos - Athens. We went Platinum Class. As you say, it is a much better experience for the slight premium. All our voyages were pretty much on time and, thank heavens, the sea was as flat as a pancake (I get nauseous quite easily). Platinum Class was nearly empty throughout; in covid times this would be a significant attraction. We had to order coffee, etc. but the steward was efficient and pleasant. (Of course, he had only about 10 passengers to serve). We were also astonished at how efficiently cars and passengers were boarded and deboarded. And yes, I kept our bags in the hold and had no issues. You simply need to go down a bit early to retrieve your luggage when deboarding. If I had a complaint it would be that the cabin was kept at Arctic temperatures and the windows were a bit fogged up. But I was very impressed with SeaJets and would go in their ferries again without hesitation.

  14. JOANNE Guest

    My advice to you is, you should have taken Minoan Lines. Quick, fast, comfortable, mainly on time and very good prices.
    Kind regards Jo

  15. Max Sorensen Guest

    I would never use seajets. Their ships are filthy (generally) and their schedule is way off. They also just operate in the summer season and not any other time of the year. I’m a big supporter of ferry travel in Greece but will use Blue Star Ferries and Hellenic Seaways. They have huge ships and their food options are generally much much better than seajets and they are much more reliable than seajets.

  16. Susan R. Guest

    I had a terrible experience with a ferry in Greece in 1982 -- from Heraklion to Pireaus. We were loaded on the large, car ferry and then we were stuck in port for 3 days and people were actually getting sick on the boat which was docked and hadn't even started moving. The ferry finally left and for 18 hours it rocked back and forth -- so violently that cabin doors wouldn't stay shut, dishes...

    I had a terrible experience with a ferry in Greece in 1982 -- from Heraklion to Pireaus. We were loaded on the large, car ferry and then we were stuck in port for 3 days and people were actually getting sick on the boat which was docked and hadn't even started moving. The ferry finally left and for 18 hours it rocked back and forth -- so violently that cabin doors wouldn't stay shut, dishes crashed to the floor, etc. Literally everyone on the boat was sick the entire time. To this day, I will not take a ferry anywhere. Truly the worst experience of my life.

    We fly either Aegean or Olympic Airlines when we travel in Greece and even though you sometimes have to return to Athens to re-connect for your inter-island flight, the airport in Athens is truly efficient and we've never had a problem or any huge delays. Last trip to Santorini, the ferries in July were cancelled for 3 days due to high wind and that is not worth it in my opinion. Could wreck a vacation for sure.

  17. Mark Fischer Guest

    Did you know that the owner of Seajets is a murderer? Just google Marios Iliopoulos Brillante Virtuoso!

  18. yakir gershon Guest

    it is not clear to me why flying is second choice.
    much quicker,
    reliable time table,
    no seasickness.
    air ports on islands are small, true, but seldom crowded,
    i fly when possible

  19. Juergen Guest

    Ben you should read this German article about the owner of Seajets : Marios Iliopoulos .He is suspected for various crimes. It’s breathtaking …

    https://www.spiegel.de/geschichte/supertanker-brillante-viruoso-2011-die-77-millionen-dollar-verschwoerung-a-8ce6d2d4-bf51-43ca-a97a-92566804ea74?sara_ecid=soci_upd_KsBF0AFjflf0DZCxpPYDCQgO1dEMph

  20. Phil Adams Guest

    Ben, We think Seajet is a wonderful way to get between islands. We traveled Santorini-Crete on Seajet 2, Platinum. It was cool to see where we sat in your photo. We were a bit disappointed that we weren't sitting with our traveling companions, but the Platinum Cabin was rather full (August)
    Still our seat companions were delightful French professionals and we had a great conversation. Drinks (Greek white wines) were excellent and food was...

    Ben, We think Seajet is a wonderful way to get between islands. We traveled Santorini-Crete on Seajet 2, Platinum. It was cool to see where we sat in your photo. We were a bit disappointed that we weren't sitting with our traveling companions, but the Platinum Cabin was rather full (August)
    Still our seat companions were delightful French professionals and we had a great conversation. Drinks (Greek white wines) were excellent and food was better than expected - but service was slower than we preferred.

    I agree that the regional Greek airlines are very good, and the travel process you described is as we experienced.

  21. Matt Guest

    I think I took Golden Star from Athens to Santorini. 6.5 hours vs. 4 for seajets. I do not remember getting seasick at all - maybe I chose the longer route for slower speed. So you may have better luck with the slower ferries.

  22. Layla Guest

    Isn’t there another long haul ferry company? We took several fast catamaran ferry rides Athens & several islands & Naxos.
    No cars, one class, very comfy/roomy
    Food, not so good.

  23. CG PUTT Guest

    Fly. Period. There is no debate or discussion.

  24. Adam Guest

    Also unrelated note on the topic of flying: if you have a layover in Athens, the priority pass Goldair lounges have alcohol, Skyserv lounges do not.

  25. Adam Guest

    Took ferry from Heraklion to Piraeus and was smooth and enjoyable ride. Overnight ferry tip: join Minoan Lines rewards program, not for the rewards, but it gives you 20%ish off. I stacked it with another promo and got a 110 euros cabin for 72 euros. (Numbers slightly off, too jet lagged to look them up).

  26. ted Guest

    I have travelled on Greek ferries around 30 times. I never found them unreliable. Cancelling a week ahead sounds more like a schedule change which is understandable considering COVID. Airlines do this all the time.
    As for a delay on the day of sailing I have found they were always weather related. Like you stated boarding and disembarkation always go quickly, within minutes.
    I also would recommend leaving luggage below. Why carry luggage...

    I have travelled on Greek ferries around 30 times. I never found them unreliable. Cancelling a week ahead sounds more like a schedule change which is understandable considering COVID. Airlines do this all the time.
    As for a delay on the day of sailing I have found they were always weather related. Like you stated boarding and disembarkation always go quickly, within minutes.
    I also would recommend leaving luggage below. Why carry luggage upstairs, it not only is a hassle but dangerous for other passengers carrying heavy bags on stairs.

  27. Felix Guest

    The picture "Cruising on the SeaJets Naxos Jet" shows the Mein Schiff 5 from Tui Cruises, right?

    I just disembarkated Mein Schiff 6 today. It was a lovely cruise. Mask enforcement and Covid procedures were well executed.

    1. Felix Guest

      Forget to add:

      Loyalty programs of both German cruise companies (AIDA and TUI cruises) suck.

      Can't understand who is ever going to sign up for this shitty programs.

  28. Alex Guest

    Nice review. From my experience, weather also plays a huge part in ferry reliability in Greece. I’ve never taken SeaJets before but they seem decent especially Platinum class

  29. Phillip Guest

    The cancellations don’t surprise me as things had only just started to pick up post Greece’s lockdown. The early parts of coming out of lockdown even had restrictions on moving between districts/islands.

    As for tracking ferries, I found the Marine Traffic app quite handy. Seems to have the same data feed as the above website.

  30. Leslie Guest

    I think the recommendation to store bags on the car deck is for safety reasons in case the ferry sinks. Imagine the chaos of trying to evacuate with bags everywhere.

  31. Steven Guest

    Part of the issue with Ferrys is that they usually start in Athens and end in somewhere like Crete and stop off EVERYWHERE in between so delays are easy to happen.

    Pick the bigger "slower" boats for less chance of sea sickness, faster ones are prone to sickness and delays in bad weather.

    If you have big bags they WILL stop you taking them up the stairs with you so if you are scared to leave your bag down stairs like Ben then pack light!

  32. Ryan Guest

    Sounds absolutely awful. Why wouldn’t I just fly again? I’ll run to make my connection

  33. Stephen Morrissey Guest

    Thank you for a good article that is not de rigueur. A good read!

  34. Loren M Guest

    I am curious what you would advise if we are only going to one island from Athens and back. Would you fly then? We are planning to go from Athens to Santorini for a few days then back to Athens. I had assumed we would fly since the ferry is so very many hours and after reading this, I think flying would be better since we are not going island to island? Your thoughts please?

    1. Sam G Guest

      Fly. As Ben said - it's the lesser of two evils for inter island but to/from Athens from Santorini there are plenty of flight options (Ryanair, Volotea, Sky Express & Olympic/Aegean )

      Sky express do operate some inter island flights but the schedule is sporadic but worth looking into, I'd prefer that over a boat

    2. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Loren M -- From Athens to Santorini I would 100% fly. That's a really long ferry ride, so it's different than the much shorter ferries between islands.

    3. Petros Guest

      Being Greek and having used Sea Jets a few times, I must say delays and cancellations are not directly related to COVID-19 and weather is rarely the cause; they are considered extremely unreliable among Greeks. I nearly missed a long flight connection because of a last-minute cancellation due to engine failure back in 2019. For me the main issue arises from the totally unrealistic advertised schedule and esp. the embarkation/ disembarkation estimation. Generally, all high...

      Being Greek and having used Sea Jets a few times, I must say delays and cancellations are not directly related to COVID-19 and weather is rarely the cause; they are considered extremely unreliable among Greeks. I nearly missed a long flight connection because of a last-minute cancellation due to engine failure back in 2019. For me the main issue arises from the totally unrealistic advertised schedule and esp. the embarkation/ disembarkation estimation. Generally, all high speed ships suffer from this problem, moreso in the summer. Seasickness is also very common, because these ships are generally smaller.

  35. Dan Nainan Guest

    Interesting story about the ferry in Greece. We were headed from Santorini to Naxos, and the information said to be sure and get there 60 to 90 minutes early. We noticed there were a ton of people in line, standing in the hot sun. I couldn't understand why this was the case, since everyone had to have a ticket to board the ferry anyway, right?

    So I said, let's grab a drink and a bite,...

    Interesting story about the ferry in Greece. We were headed from Santorini to Naxos, and the information said to be sure and get there 60 to 90 minutes early. We noticed there were a ton of people in line, standing in the hot sun. I couldn't understand why this was the case, since everyone had to have a ticket to board the ferry anyway, right?

    So I said, let's grab a drink and a bite, so we sat comfortably under an umbrella while people sweltered in line in the burning hot sun a few feet away from us. The ferry finally arrived and disgorged its passengers, and when they opened the gates to let those in line board, people were literally running to get on. We just couldn't understand it.

    We leisurely waited until the last few dozen people were boarding, and we had to wait in line no more than five minutes. Once on board, there were literally hundreds of empty seats to choose from.

    Why are people such lemmings?

    1. BBK New Member

      My guess is that have to be something with seats being unassigned or something similar. Anyway for me it's always a gauge of how civilized a country is in general. I'm from the deep 3rd world and I can tell you that's the common behavior in any similar setting, I just can't stand it.

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Sam G Guest

Fly. As Ben said - it's the lesser of two evils for inter island but to/from Athens from Santorini there are plenty of flight options (Ryanair, Volotea, Sky Express & Olympic/Aegean ) Sky express do operate some inter island flights but the schedule is sporadic but worth looking into, I'd prefer that over a boat

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Ben Schlappig OMAAT

@ Loren M -- From Athens to Santorini I would 100% fly. That's a really long ferry ride, so it's different than the much shorter ferries between islands.

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Dan Nainan Guest

Interesting story about the ferry in Greece. We were headed from Santorini to Naxos, and the information said to be sure and get there 60 to 90 minutes early. We noticed there were a ton of people in line, standing in the hot sun. I couldn't understand why this was the case, since everyone had to have a ticket to board the ferry anyway, right? So I said, let's grab a drink and a bite, so we sat comfortably under an umbrella while people sweltered in line in the burning hot sun a few feet away from us. The ferry finally arrived and disgorged its passengers, and when they opened the gates to let those in line board, people were literally running to get on. We just couldn't understand it. We leisurely waited until the last few dozen people were boarding, and we had to wait in line no more than five minutes. Once on board, there were literally hundreds of empty seats to choose from. Why are people such lemmings?

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