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What are the prices for slow cruising?

SHORT CRUISES

Cruises are all-inclusive (food and beverages, snacks, beer and wine, and VAT).  All food is freshly prepared on board using local, natural ingredients.

Sunset Cruise to Athenian Riviera – 999€

Depart @7 pm and return @9:30 pm, max passengers 9

Half-Day Cruise to Athenian Riviera – 1.500€

Depart @9 am and return @1 pm, max passengers 9

Depart @2 pm and return @6 pm, max passengers 9

Daily Cruise to Aegina Island – 2.500€

Depart @9 am and return @6 pm, max passengers 9

2-Day Cruise to Aegina + Poros Islands – 4.000€

Depart @9 am and return the next day @6 pm, max passengers 7

3-Day Cruise to Aegina + Poros + Hydra Islands – 5.000€

Depart @9 am and return after two days @6 pm, max passengers 7 

 

WEEKLY CRUISES

We offer very competitive rates, straightforward pricing, and exceptional value compared to private crewed charter yacht industry standards. The fixed base rate depends on the season you will be slow cruising:

High Season (June 15 – September 15) : 15.000€ / Weekly Rate, 2.500€ / Daily Rate
Low Season (all other dates) : 12,000€ / Weekly Rate, 2,000€ / Daily Rate

Are there additional costs?

For short cruises, there are no additional costs, except for optional tips for the crew. Please see our brochure for cruise special itineraries and offers.

For weekly and other charters, there are three categories of additional costs, according to global yachting industry standards.

Value Added Tax (VAT) – 12% of the base rate. VAT is a mandatory government tax.

Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA) – 30% of the base rate. The APA deposit covers the cost of fuel, food and beverages, marina fees and other necessary expenses. Any remaining, unused funds are refunded to customers at the end of the cruise. See separate FAQ.

Gratuity of 10%-15% is suggested if you are happy with the quality of the service.

What is the APA and how does it work?

This is a standard cost in the yachting industry. The purpose of the APA is to cover the various costs of your slow cruising experience, including fuel, food and beverages and marina fees.  The Captain pays for all these expenses using the APA and collects the receipts.  At the end of the charter, the Captain calculates the total expenses and presents to the customers the receipts for the final APA settlement.  If the actual costs are lower than the APA, then the customers receive a full refund of the credit remaining at the end of the cruise upon returning to the port.  If the actual costs are higher than the APA, then the customers are required to cover the additional costs at the end of the cruise upon returning to the port. Short Daily cruises do not require APA.

What is your booking deposit policy?

Short cruises require a 25% deposit of the base, payable upon booking. The remaining 75% is paid in full prior to departure.

Weekly cruises require a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the base rate upon signing the charter contract.  The remaining 50% of the base rate payment, as well as the APA and VAT, are paid in full one month prior to arrival.

What is your cancellation policy?

For short cruises, deposits are refundable only if cancelled at least 30 days in advance.

For weekly cruises, all payments are non-refundable, according to global yachting industry standards. Customers may ask their insurance agents or providers about trip cancellation insurance products, such as Cancellation and Curtailment Cover.

How many days should we slow cruise?

Of course, the cruise itinerary determines the appropriate duration.  We suggest a charter period of one week, so that you have enough time to unwind, relax, soak up the sun, and get a real and authentic taste of the Greek Isles.  However, you can easily enjoy our shorter cruises. We want to make you happy, so just let us know your availability and we will create a customized itinerary to meet your needs.  We also specialize in special event cruises, such as weddings, honeymoons, bachelor/bachelorette parties, private receptions, reunions and other events.

What appliances/amenities are available on board?

Our yacht is fully equipped with all the appliances/amenities necessary for your comfort and pleasure, including:

  • Refrigerator/Freezer
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Coffee/Espresso Machine
  • Microwave
  • LCD TVs
  • Audio/Stereo CD System
  • Hair Dryers
  • Safe Deposit Boxes
  • Natural High-Quality Toiletries by Apivita
  • Lounge Bar

If there is a specific appliance or amenity you need that is not listed above, please let us know and we will do our best to have it on board prior to your departure.

Is slow cruising safe?

Absolutely.  Our yacht holds an official permit for operation and is in full compliance with all European Union (EU) technical safety and environmental requirements, having passed all required official inspections, which are available to any interested party.  All safety and emergency equipment is in excellent condition, including a tender boat, life rafts, life jackets, and long-range marine communication equipment.  Our crew is experienced and trained according to all EU laws and regulations and meets all official requirements.  Finally, as you may know, Greece has an excellent marine safety record and its waters are among the safest in the world for yachting.

Are children allowed on board?

Not only are children allowed on board, but they are more than welcome, as our yacht and crew are very child-friendly.  Originally built for a family with young children, the yacht even provides one cabin that has been specially designed for a nanny with two young children (nanny optional ). We strongly recommend that children are over the age of 2.

Can you accommodate food allergies and other dietary restrictions?

Yes, as long as you inform us at least 30 days prior to your arrival, we can accommodate all dietary restrictions and allergies.  Our chef will customize the menu and ingredients according to your preferences and restrictions.  Please note that we serve Greek cuisine on the yacht (we know, shocking) and our cook may not be able to find ingredients unavailable in Greece, but we will always do our best to cater to your tastes.

Can we cruise to any island we want?

For weekly charters, the answer is simple: Yes you can!

Our sample cruise itineraries are simply suggestions for the best cruising in Greece, which we created for you by taking into consideration distance, weather, and local factors such as annual festivals and other events, so a lot of thought and experience has gone into these itineraries.  But you should feel free to propose your own itinerary and we will work with you and provide our feedback and suggestions during this process, including by our experienced Captain.  At the end of the day, you want an itinerary that is realistic and manageable based on your available time and the distance between islands, and most importantly, safe.  For example, if you want to cruise the Ionian Sea, keep in mind that the distances are generally greater, compared to the Aegean Sea. That is why we strongly suggest that you pick or modify one of our suggested itineraries.  But we are flexible and want to accommodate you, so do not hesitate to share your ideas and preferred destinations with us.

Can we start and end our cruise in a port other than Athens?

For weekly charters, this is definitely allowed, but please note that fuel costs for the relocation of the yacht to/from Athens may be higher, which we will let you know about up front, before you finalize your itinerary.

What is the on board etiquette?

In order to make sure your yacht charter runs as smoothly and as safely as possible, there are certain simple – yet important – etiquette rules that guests should follow:

  • Smoking: While allowed outdoors, smoking is strictly prohibited inside the yacht.
  • Drugs: There is zero tolerance for drug use on board.
  • Children: Guests must remain responsible for their children and should not expect crew members to babysit.
  • Crew Cabins: Guests should not enter the separate crew quarters, which are considerably smaller than the guest rooms, without an invitation, and respect their privacy.
  • Complaints: Any grievances should be directed to the Captain, who is the head of the crew, and not to the crew.
  • O Captain! My Captain! Please remember that the Captain is responsible for the safe operation of the yacht and that all instructions should be followed without exceptions.

What do we do during the day?

Typically, when sailing between ports, guests relax and chill on the yacht and can stop in a bay or two to swim and have lunch.  The Greek Isles are famous for their countless secluded beaches and small bays and coves, so it is very likely that you will be stopping along the way to take full advantage of these magnificent spots.  While the distance between ports varies, you should expect to depart from the marina in the morning and arrive to the destination in the afternoon, but this again depends on how many stops you make along the way.  The yacht also provides several water sports and activities options (free of charge), including tubes, skis, kayak, platform, etc.

Do you offer transportation services to/from the airport and/or downtown Athens?

We can handle all of your ground transportation needs and make all necessary arrangements to ensure that you arrive and depart from the yacht safely and on time.  Just let us know what your needs are and we will provide you with options and cost information.

How will the chef know what we like to eat?

Following the signing of the charter agreement we will be sending you a preference questionnaire on what you like and don’t like to eat.  The provisioning list causes food and beverages as well as any other special requests you might have.

The chef is capable of serving three meals a day, but you will find that you will eat breakfast every day on the yacht and then one more meal either lunch or dinner.  And of course we definitely will suggest the best local restaurants for you to have either lunch or dinner on shore.

What is the weather like in Greece?

Greece has a Mediterranean climate, mild winters and warm and dry summers, cooled by different kind of seasonal winds, and lots and lots of sunshine throughout most of the year. The warm period begins in April and lasts through October with an average temperature of 20-30 degrees Celsius (68-86 Fahrenheit), stable weather, clear skies, bright sun and rarely any rainfall.  The warmest months are July and August, with mean temperatures in the 29-35 Celsius range (85-95 Fahrenheit). In sum, summers are characterized by tons of sunshine and zero rainfall, guaranteeing a successful summer vacation!

What can I expect when we arrive at the yacht?

You will be greeted by the Captain and crew, who will be waiting for you on the yacht.  While the crew loads your luggage, the Captain will go over the itinerary with you, including the most recent weather information.  You and your guests will also be provided with clear information and instructions about safety and emergency procedures on board.  After this check-in, the yacht will cruise to your first destination.