Subscribe today
Get Cruise Critic in your inbox
Your Ultimate Cruise Guide

Variety Cruises

Luxury Deals Luxury Ship Reviews Luxury Itineraries Luxury Features Luxury Cruise Forum
Variety Cruises
Voyager - The ship's minispa Voyager - The owner's suite Voyager - The reception area and bar Voyager - The dining room

Variety Cruises Ships

Harmony V Panorama Voyager
  • 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
  • Variety Cruises News: Cruise News Shorts: A New Mississippi Paddlewheeler, Silver Galapagos Is Refurbed & More Cruise News
Check Cruise Prices
Compare deals from top travel sites

Onboard

While 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 Cruises

Offering 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 Fleet

Variety 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 Passengers

Passengers 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.
Check Cruise Prices
Compare deals from top travel sites

Variety Cruises Member Reviews

92% Loved It

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 ... Read more

by 40ishcouple

This was a week-long cruise booked only three weeks ahead by someone who wasn't keen on the idea of travelling one of those vast cruise liners. ... Read more

by Belfitt

Harmony V Classical Greek Cruise by Variety Cruise is FANTASTIC!. My husband and I celebrated my 60th birthday with a trip to Greece. We had never ... Read more

by thinkinboutit

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 ... Read more

by ciarasd09

I had the absolute pleasure of spending the end of June aboard Variety Cruises' Harmony V doing its Classical Greece itinerary. I had been to ... Read more

by grecocroat
Read More Variety Cruises Member Reviews
Write a Review!

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add news@cruisecritic.com to your address book.
We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.