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Variety Cruises

145 Reviews
Harmony V

About Variety Cruises

Variety Cruises is the perfect name for this Athens-based cruise line, which historically specializes in small-ship Mediterranean cruising using a mix of motor and motor/sailing ships. Cruises are laid-back with lots of time for independent exploration.

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  • Who goes on Variety Cruises cruise ships?

  • Do I have to dress up on a Variety Cruises cruise?


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Variety Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Variety Cruises cruise ships?

Variety attracts a broad range of international cruisers, although all shore excursions and public announcements are provided in English. Passengers tend to be well-educated, well-traveled couples and singles, mostly more than 55 years old, looking for soft adventure and historical perspective. Honeymooners are not uncommon on weeklong Greek cruises.

Although there are no age restrictions, bringing kids under the age of 11 is not advised.

Do I have to dress up on a Variety Cruises cruise?

No. In keeping with the yacht-like atmosphere, the daily norm is casual clothing. Variety recommends plenty of swimwear for water sports and comfortable shoes for walking on shore.

Is everything free on Variety Cruises cruises?

No. Unless you buy a specific package, you'll pay extra for shore excursions, transfers to and from the yacht, alcoholic beverages, massage and beauty treatments, gratuities, Wi-Fi and laundry service.

Which meals are included also varies by the fare purchased; you can book a fare with breakfast plus lunch or dinner, or a fare that includes all three meals.

The use of water sports equipment is always included in the cruise fare.

What are Variety Cruises’s most popular activities?

Variety cruises tend to be social in nature, and cruisers enjoy congregating together on deck or in the lounge, chatting or playing cards. Most of the line's yachts have water sports platforms that are used when at anchor, and there are fins, masks and snorkels available onboard; in some regions the ships also carry kayaks.

The generous time in port, including overnights, encourages cruisers to interact with locals, and it's not uncommon to see groups of cruisers eating together at a restaurant ashore.

Why go with Variety Cruises?

  • Small-ship ambiance on well-appointed yachts
  • Up close and personal cruising to unique ports
  • Upscale amenities for soft-adventure cruising

Best for: Experienced travelers looking for a private yacht-style experience

Not for: Cruisers who want an extensive program of structured activities and entertainment

Variety Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Fell in love on Panorama II French Polynesia

Variety Cruises set the bar so high and I fell in love with the crew, the ship, the islands and the experience.I thought that was going to be the best part of the cruise but it was EVERY stop along the way.Read More

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 47s


The cabins were small and had moths, a shower curtain with mold stains that constantly stuck to the body when showering, the joints in the bathroom were moldy, and the toilet didn't flush several times.We also fell several times because of this, but luckily nothing more is likely to happen.Read More

few6-10 Cruises

Age 59s

Best way to enjoy Tahitian islands!

I started searching on Instagram best Cruise there to see ( and Variety cruises got my attention from what I’ve seen on their IG page) then I looked thru tagged photos that their guests would post and I really loved their Sail boat design!And places where they sail!Read More
Kristina Makushenko

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 29s

Tahiti Cruise

Recently, I had the pleasure of experiencing Variety Cruises' Tahiti Cruise aboard the Panorama II, and it was a magical experience.In summary, Variety Cruises' Tahiti Cruise on Panorama II is a gem.Read More

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 31s

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