I’d never traveled around Greece and Turkey before so when part of our transportation included sailing on ferry boats, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Were they old, worn out people transports? Were the website pictures up to date? Were they like the truck and car island-hoppers around the Seattle area? Most importantly, were they stable enough to keep me from getting seasick like I did on a voyage from Los Angeles to Catalina Island? As with all things these days, I cross check everything with TripAdvisor.
I am happy to report that the ferry boats we sailed on were modern, fast and quite stable. They allowed plenty of space for cars and trucks on the lower decks. The upper decks had three classes of service which included reserved seating, Business Class and a VIP level as well. Some of the ferry boats are twin hull or catamaran style and definitely haul ass – hitting speeds of more than 40 knots.
There were nice choices for food too – a deli, a restaurant and a grill. There was even a shop that carried jewelry and perfumes. Reserved seating was in upholstered, reclining seats that were clean and modern, not worn out or torn up. There were open air-decks on the back of the ship and a full open-air deck on top with tables and chairs in patio style seating.
Prices are quite affordable. Our trip from Mykonos to Athens ( about 5 hours ) was around $50 US per person. The boats were high speed boats that could maneuver easily in and out of the dock. Turn around time in port was a very fast 20 minutes. Those on-board quickly exited on foot followed by the vehicle traffic. Then, those vehicles waiting to load drove on and the pedestrians followed next. The loading ramp was raised. The huge props pushed the boat away from the dock and off it went. The entire process was well organized, safe and easy.
You can buy tickets on-line or from the ticket booth at the pier.
It was a nice break from the stressful craziness at airports. Staying close to the water and being able to move around on the ship helped maintain the relaxing vacation mode that we were in. I’m happy to report that I thoroughly loved it and I’ll do it again.
For info: http://www.ferries.gr/hfd/