- Small-ship ambiance on well-appointed yachts
- Up close and personal cruising to unique ports
- Upscale amenities for soft-adventure cruising
- Unique five- to seven-night itineraries concentrated in the region visited
OnboardWhile sailing aboard the seven yachts under the Variety Cruises designation, passengers can expect attentive service, single-seating meals in elegant dining facilities, limited Internet service and swimming/sports platforms with snorkeling and kayaking equipment. Cabin appointments include flat-screen televisions, mini-fridges, individual climate control and contemporary bathrooms with shower. Deck space offers loungers in both sun and shade; there are bars and an indoor lounge for reading or relaxing.
About Variety CruisesOffering what the company refers to as "a total yachting experience," Athens-based Variety Cruises was founded in 2006 with a merger of Zeus Tours and Yacht Cruises (a venerable Athens operator in business since 1949) and Hellas Yachts, established in 1978. Variety has always specialized in the niche market of small-ship Mediterranean cruising, with yachts ranging from four to 36 cabins. Recent years have seen the company expanding its itineraries to West Africa, the Seychelles and Central America (including a Panama Canal transit).
Although many of the company's yachts lend themselves to private charter, Variety does operate set cruise schedules throughout the year. Boasting the ability to cruise into "off the beaten track" ports and locales, the line provides passengers with an intimate experience unattainable on a larger ship. Most yachts also have watersports platforms for use in secluded coves or otherwise safe environments while the yacht is at anchor.
In early 2009, Variety Cruises entered into a partnership with IGLTA (International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association), offering charter cruises to its members.
Variety Cruises FleetVariety Cruises' fleet includes casual sailing vessels, small motor yachts for charter and elegant, upscale yachts designed for more discerning travelers. The yachts are divided into two categories:
Variety Cruises: This is the designation for the larger yachts in the fleet, ranging from 22 to 36 cabins. Four of the ships, M/Y Voyager, M/Y Harmony V, M/Y Harmony G and M/Y Pegasus are motor yachts while S/C Panorama, S/C Panorama II and M/S Galileo are motor/sailing yachts. All of these yachts are distinguished by their more upscale private accommodation and spacious lounges.
Variety Yachting: Four private yachts (including one sailing ship) accommodating from eight to 12 passengers are available for charter. Some offer high-end luxury, including Jacuzzi baths and walk-in wardrobes.
Fellow PassengersPassengers tend to be well-educated, well-traveled couples and singles, mostly over 55, looking for soft adventure and historical perspective. They eschew the mob-mentality of the larger lines and are seeking a more personal experience. The seven-night cruises also appeal to honeymooners and those who have not quite retired from the business world and for whom a shorter-than-usual cruise in Greece or Africa is ideal.
Variety Cruises Member Reviews
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We were lucky; we got a substantial discount, including all shore excursions free, our boat was only half capacity, and the folks we did sail with ... Read more
My wife and me spent our honeymoon on board the MY Pegasos cruisung the Seychelles. It was our second cruise with Variety Cruises so we already had ... Read more
We travelled on this ship in Oct from Istanbul to Athens. Embarkation was a disaster with no one to meet us, no information about Port process and ... Read more
I recently had the pleasure of touring the Greek Islands, with a dash of Turkey thrown in, on Panorama II. I have nothing but praise for the yacht ... Read more
Thanks to the captain and Staff for another wonderful week cruise on the Pan Orama II..!!! It was wonderful...The staff is attentive and helpful, ... Read more
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