15 Variety Cruises Harmony V Cruise Reviews

I went on the "glories of Spain and Portugal" itinerary in August. This was my first cruise. The small ship size was great and I got to know the fellow passengers and crew very well. The crew and staff were excellent and very ... Read More
I went on the "glories of Spain and Portugal" itinerary in August. This was my first cruise. The small ship size was great and I got to know the fellow passengers and crew very well. The crew and staff were excellent and very attentive, and I also enjoyed the small group excursions. I really enjoyed the ports and the privileged locations we got to dock at each day. The ship was very clean and nice. If you are looking for high luxury, however, this is probably not the ship for you. Cabins are small and there are no balcony cabins. The ship had a nice family feeling and I felt right at home. The food was good and there were a lot of choices and the staff was accommodating of any dietary restrictions. Everything went smoothly on board. In short if you are looking for a nice ship with amazing staff and an intimate feeling, I would absolutely recommend Variety cruises and the Harmony V. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Another truly excellent cruise with Variety Cruises aboard their small, but beautifully accommodating ships. Once again, everything was just spot on, from the welcome, the food, the warmth of the staff and crew, the company of fellow ... Read More
Another truly excellent cruise with Variety Cruises aboard their small, but beautifully accommodating ships. Once again, everything was just spot on, from the welcome, the food, the warmth of the staff and crew, the company of fellow passengers, and the ports of call. I can't speak highly enough of this kind of cruise experience. You feel as though you are with a group of friends on a private yacht. You get to see places without hordes of cruise ship passengers. On this Greek cruise we visited some smaller islands that are almost untouched by tourism. On busier islands like Santorini and Mykonos, watching 3000 passengers queuing in the heat for tenders made us feel so smug that we could wander on and off our ship in the harbour at any time we chose.The whole thing is designed to make you feel special, and you most certainly do! Can't wait for the next one! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
There's a new chef this year and he is fantastic. I would recommend that anyone interested in this cruise absolutely book the tour through Odysseys Unlimited. Other passengers have to have a large enough number to go on the shore ... Read More
There's a new chef this year and he is fantastic. I would recommend that anyone interested in this cruise absolutely book the tour through Odysseys Unlimited. Other passengers have to have a large enough number to go on the shore excursions. The A rooms had plenty of space to walk around the bed and very decently-sized showers. Room safe, DVD player and a channel that constantly played a loop of english-language Greece-related movies. There's a library of novel discards from past passengers plus some other guidebooks. The crew were outstanding. They had tons of experience on cruise ships or extremely engaging personalities. Or both. Everyone was so friendly, even when they were concerned about weather or matters they never disclosed to us. I would caution that anyone unaccustomed to strenuous swimming avoid the swim stops. They will cancel if the seas are too rough, but the currents are unpredictable. A bunch of people went in and we all came out safely. A lot of the places we visited had places where it would be easy to trip and fall. Greece is a place for tourists with a dose of common sense about staying out of the street and not behaving recklessly on precarious trails. You must be at least moderately fit in order to reach the amazing places made available to you on this trip. One of the greatest things we saw was the cliff walk on Santorini. You have to pass on the optional excursion, but you can walk through three villages along the cliffs and stop anytime for a coffee or lunch. Probably about three miles roundtrip. You miss seeing Oia, which others say is fantastic, so... A warning: we saw no evidence that Greece is LGBT-friendly, except in parts of Athens and Mykonos. Tradition and religion were evident everywhere. It was a little heartbreaking to know that friends and family would not be greeted with the same enthusiasm. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This yacht/company was chosen basis very high standards and I could not be happier with my choice. Not only me and my friends had the opportunity to experience life onboard such a magnificent yacht but also explore and discover the natural ... Read More
This yacht/company was chosen basis very high standards and I could not be happier with my choice. Not only me and my friends had the opportunity to experience life onboard such a magnificent yacht but also explore and discover the natural beauty of the Canary Islands through wonderful excursions. The suites and generally all accommodating areas, of HARMONY V, are based on a combination of modern design and a luxurious - yet affordable - way of spending time to relax and explore the destination. The dining area was always filled with smiles of the crew, who were standing by for any of our complex requirements. Of course the Chef gave us a taste of the local cuisine and other delicious courses. I would consider myself very lucky if I was able someday to travel again with the same or a sister yacht of the company to experience such kind of vacations. Needless to say we were all feeling completely safe thanks to the Captain and the crew, during our passages through the islands. What a great adventure. Thank you for making us feel like home :) Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was our first cruise and after reading some negative comments prior to us boarding, I was a little concerned. However, after spending 8 wonderful days, sailing around the Mediterranean, stopping off at beautiful Greek Islands, eating ... Read More
This was our first cruise and after reading some negative comments prior to us boarding, I was a little concerned. However, after spending 8 wonderful days, sailing around the Mediterranean, stopping off at beautiful Greek Islands, eating the most fabulous food, being waited upon like we were Kings and Queens, I decided that the people that had written the negative comments must have been on the wrong cruise. We were on the A deck (no noise at all) and the cabin was excellent. The weather conditions outside were extremely hot and humid so the A/C worked overtime, which kept us cool all night and held up to the extreme temperatures. The towels were changed twice per day and we also had a turn down service at night with a chocolate to send us off to sleep. The bar staff and food service staff were above professional, they became our friends and knew what our requirements were every day. Variety Cruises should be very proud of them. The ships other staff, sailors etc, were also very friendly and helped us whenever we required assistance. I suppose if I had to mention anything negative, we both wanted to do some shore excursion, however there was a quota required which was never reached. We weren't to concerned, but some people might be disappointed. Perhaps Variety can link in with another company to ensure the quota is reached. We swam off the back of the Harmony V 3 times which was exciting swimming in the Mediterranean and the crew watched over us to make sure we were all ok, as sometimes the current was a little strong. Each days activities were posted on the notice board plenty of time in advance and a briefing for the next days activities were placed on out bed each night. Keep up the excellent work Harmony V, and we hope to see you soon. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was our first cruise and it was excellent from service to the comfort of the room. The wait staff were thorough and made sure we were looked after at all times. The room was services twice daily and turned down at night with ... Read More
This was our first cruise and it was excellent from service to the comfort of the room. The wait staff were thorough and made sure we were looked after at all times. The room was services twice daily and turned down at night with surprises on the pillows. The spa treatments on board with the massages were fantastic felt totally relaxed. The food was delectable with a great choice and fresh fruit available at all times. The dining area was set out with different colors and amazing napkin decorations couldn't wait to see what they had done with the serviette each time. Drink waiters very attentive and gained knowledge of what drinks you liked and how you took your coffee. A BIG THANK YOU to Ram and Asund I hope I have the names correct they were great. Yannis the manager was very helpful and attentive thru out the entire experience thank you to him as well. The captain was also available and friendly to all of us it was nice being able to stroll pass control room and pop head in each time to friendly faces. Will definitely cruise again looking forward to the new boat in 2017 that we heard about on board. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Days before I left for Greece I read some very negative reviews about this trip. Naturally I was a little nervous. Now that I am home again I can truthfully say there was nothing to worry about. We had a truly wonderful time and ... Read More
Days before I left for Greece I read some very negative reviews about this trip. Naturally I was a little nervous. Now that I am home again I can truthfully say there was nothing to worry about. We had a truly wonderful time and visited several amazing islands without dealing with the large ship crowds. We met so many friendly and warm international travelers. This made the cruise all the better! The cabins are small. However, we found a place for everything and tucked our bags under the beds. And in reality, we were hardly ever in the cabin. We docked every day and had lots of time ashore. And the upper deck space was perfect to appreciate the beautiful weather and scenery (and Greek beer and wine). The food was very good. I enjoyed the incredible buffets more than the sit down dinners. So many delicious choices! And there were only three sit downs which were fine. The fruits and vegetables were all in season and so good! What was nice with this cruise is that you eat one meal a day on shore. If you like Greek food or think you might, you will be in heaven! We also loved the swim stops! There is a large platform, a ladder, a shower, and even noodles so you can relax in the Aegean Sea. I have saved the best for last. What made this trip especially memorable was the people. Everyone on board was friendly, thoughtful, and helpful. They truly want you to be happy. I must make special mention of our cruise director Thea. She was unbelievable! I don't think I have ever met anyone in her position who worked so hard to ensure that everyone was well cared for. What a kind, positive, smart guide! And she could be very funny! At every port she helped us arrange activities and always helped orient us with a walking tour. And her suggestions were 100% successes!! This proved to be one of the best trips ever! If you want to experience the Greek Islands, don't hesitate to choose this vacation. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Hi everyone. I was just on the Variety Cruise through the Greek Isles on the Harmony V. It was awesome. We went to some islands most of the big cruise ships can't go to. So, you get a feel for a more local experience, and our guide ... Read More
Hi everyone. I was just on the Variety Cruise through the Greek Isles on the Harmony V. It was awesome. We went to some islands most of the big cruise ships can't go to. So, you get a feel for a more local experience, and our guide Joeseph was fantastic. We skipped much of the tours, opting to relax at a couple of beach clubs instead. The itinerary is packed full of adventures, so if you tire easily, see some highlights, then relax on one of the many gorgeous beaches. There were a couple of teenagers on the boat, they were bored on days at sea, so bring some activities for them, or a computer for them to play games with. There is no entertainment on board, except one night, they bring on some greek dancers for a fun cultural experience. I would have skipped this to spend more time in the beautiful town we docked at and had dinner off boat. Rooms were nice. We had a normal room without the extra space, and it was roomy. I would just ask for more hooks on the walls to hang things for extra storage. Book the front half of the boat. The back half, especially the rooms under the outside lounge area can hear things like chairs moving on the floor, and voices from passengers enjoying late evening cocktails. Food was good on the boat, the dining area has both booth seating and chairs and table seating for groups of four. Everyone from the crew to Spiros the accommodations host to the captain were super! We're booking Cuba with them next! Can't wait! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
My wife and I booked this cruise as we had always talked about visiting the Greek Islands and thought a Small Ship would be the ideal way to do it. The ship is really comfortable with a fantastic crew and excellent service. The meals ... Read More
My wife and I booked this cruise as we had always talked about visiting the Greek Islands and thought a Small Ship would be the ideal way to do it. The ship is really comfortable with a fantastic crew and excellent service. The meals on board were delicious and the service was always top notch. Special mention to Armand the bartender who kept us well supplied with drinks and great cocktails. I tend to find that the some of the best memories from travelling are not just the places you visit but the people you meet. There were around 35 passengers on our cruise and we made some great friendships with the other passengers. Unfortunately we didn't get to Crete as the sea was very rough when we left Santorini but it really didn't matter. The crew arranged for us to travel to other islands and we had a great time. We had a Captains Dinner and a Greek Night on board which was a lot of fun. The excursions arranged via the ship were well organised and the trip to Delios was certainly worth the ferry ride across to the Island. For all those considering visiting the Greek Islands this is definitely the way to go as the ship can get right into the ports with no tendering off required (except Santorini). Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Recently returned from a 7 day cruise on the Harmony V .....excellent experience. The staff was very helpful, professional and attentive. Our Bar keeper, Armand, has been in the cruise industry for many years and was personal, attentive ... Read More
Recently returned from a 7 day cruise on the Harmony V .....excellent experience. The staff was very helpful, professional and attentive. Our Bar keeper, Armand, has been in the cruise industry for many years and was personal, attentive and a wonderful addition to the cruise. Joseph, our director, was excellent; he was intelligent, knowledgeable of all aspects of Greece, humorous and extremely well-suited for his career. Stavos, our hotelier, was equally as proficient. When researching this trip there was limited information and the US representatives were not as knowledgeable and accommodating as one would expect....delay in receiving information, etc. However, the under representation in the US may be attributed to the mentioned short-fallings of the US reps. Once we were in Greece and aboard the Harmony ...all else was smooth sailing. The ONLY complaint I would have is there was a separate tour within our small cruise which made the flow disjointed in an otherwise seamless experience. Even with that said I would recommend this cruise without hesitation. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
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 been on a cruise and knew that we had no interest in a large or mid-size ship. Everything ... Read More
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 been on a cruise and knew that we had no interest in a large or mid-size ship. Everything about this cruise turned out perfect – the staff & crew, the service, the ship, the itinerary – it was all flawless. The staff was extremely accommodating and helpful. Joseph, the cruise director was a highlight everyday with his informative and entertaining guides and reports and we always enjoyed the excursions that he led. He patiently took care of every detail and has a great sense of humor. Spiros, the “hotel” manager and his staff were very efficient. Cabins were cleaned twice a day and the restaurant/bar service was perfect. The food on board was as good as any on the islands that we visited - Daily buffet breakfast with an egg/omlette station, buffet lunches & dinners and 2 plated 5 course meals. The captain and crew were very experienced and provided regular updates about weather and sea conditions. The ship holds a maximum of 50 people which provided the opportunity to travel to islands that can’t accommodate large cruise ships. The rooms are not large because of the size of the ship but they are quite comfortable. We had a room with twin beds with plenty of storage room and a bathroom that was small but not confining. The dining room, bar and outside deck area are well maintained with plenty of room to accommodate all the guests. The itinerary allowed plenty of time to see the islands and we stayed at port at many locations through the evening so that we could have dinner and enjoy the nightlife. It was great fun to have swim stops in coves along the way on various days. We never felt rushed with any of the schedule. One of the nicest things about this cruise is the small ship experience. We got to know the other passengers quite well and really enjoyed meeting new people from all over the world. As Joseph kept reminding the passengers – “you are travelers, not tourists” and that is exactly the experience that you have with this small ship cruise. We highly recommend Variety Cruises and particularly Harmony V. We will definitely book another vacation with Variety Cruises again!!   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
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 before and we couldn't imagine seeing it any other way. The cruise itinerary ... Read More
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 before and we couldn't imagine seeing it any other way. The cruise itinerary had a very nice mix of destinations and because of the ship size, we got to see some obscure islands that we would have never seen otherwise like Monemvassia, Kea and Kythira. We loved the fact that we could visit a new place every day and the ship even stayed docked until early morning so we could really enjoy the nightlife that many of the islands offered. The crew was fabulous and we especially enjoyed our Cruise Director, Joseph's knowledge and amusing personality. The maid service was so efficient and would clean our room almost the moment we stepped out. The ships chef was also top notch and we had some of the best meals on the ship. The ship was beautiful and spacious with an intimate feel. There were about 30 people on our ship and although we got to know everyone, the ship was big enough to give you personal space. I would highly recommend this cruise line to anyone and we are already planning another Variety Cruise vacation with some friends. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
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 Greece several times before and I have to say that having done the whole island hopping ... Read More
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 Greece several times before and I have to say that having done the whole island hopping thing using catamarans and car ferries, constantly packing and unpacking, there truly is no better way to travel than this. We would literally wake up to a new port of call every single day and the best part about these types of cruises is that the ship literally stays docked on the islands up until very late at night so that you can go out and enjoy the nightlife as opposed to the other cruises which literally have you spending only 4-5 hours at each port of call. The itinerary itself is a very nice mix of the more popular and well known ports of call like Mykonos and Santorini but, then it also covers some of the more out of the way, not so touristy, more exclusive spots like Kythira, Monemvassia and Hydra for example which I have never been to. The ship itself is magnificent, modern and sleek in design, it's the closest I'll probably ever come to feeling like Aristotle Onassis. The staff was excellent and the service could not have been better, they were literally picking up after me in my cabin at least two or three times a day it seemed. The great thing about these small ship yacht cruises is that you really do get a very personalized experience. The ship is small enough so that you get to know everybody on board and yet at the same time it is also large enough so that it never feels too crowded. There were about 25 people on our trip so I believe that the ship was about half full. There's free wifi on board as well which definitely helps pass the time while you are on board. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
We just returned from a great trip on Harmony V, through Variety Cruises. A 7 day trip that was fabulous! From the itinerary to the service,the food, to the boat to the weather. Please note that this is a cruise for travelers, not ... Read More
We just returned from a great trip on Harmony V, through Variety Cruises. A 7 day trip that was fabulous! From the itinerary to the service,the food, to the boat to the weather. Please note that this is a cruise for travelers, not cruise-ship folks. The boat is small, holds 54 passengers. We had 27, which made it wonderful too. We visited: Kea Mykonos Delos (day excursion, extra $, but well worth it with a paid guide) Santorini Rethymnon/Crete Kythira Monemvassia - Nafplion Hydra Ranan, our cruise specialist, led us through each town on a walk to point out the main points of interest, routes to go, shopping, etc. She was great! The boat is perfect for this type of vacation. Plenty of space to relax, which we did later in the week while sailing during the day. Breakfast is provided, and was great. Each day, either lunch or dinner is provided, giving guests the opportunity to have a meal on each island and try the local cuisine. Each port had plenty of tavernas or more upscale restaurants. It was a great way to explore each place.We had a mixture of Americans, Spanish, Italian and Greek people on board with us. The service on board was exceptional. The crew truly worked hard to make sure we were happy. I highly recommend this company. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
With the exception of Santorini we were able to dock at each port and even there we had a good-sized tender to take us to the Cable Car to Fira. On the first evening Captain Emmanuel warned us that he didn't think he would be able to ... Read More
With the exception of Santorini we were able to dock at each port and even there we had a good-sized tender to take us to the Cable Car to Fira. On the first evening Captain Emmanuel warned us that he didn't think he would be able to go directly to Delos and would proceed to Mykonos. He was right! The Meltemi winds were blowing and the sea was dancing with white caps. We arrived in Mykonos early in the AM and after breakfast left for Delos on one of the regular tour boats. Sometimes an ill wind does blow good because it made Delos tolerable when on a non-windy day it would have been dangerously hot. Others have complained about Variety's changes in plans, but in our case, instead of dinner in Mykonos,because we had to leave port early, we had a great fish dinner in Paros and watched the ferry from Athens disembark crowds. Paros may be the new Mykonos. We were particularly interested in visiting vineyards in Santorini, our next port, so our on-shore cruise director arranged for twelve of us to go on a wine tour instead of the usual itinery. We found some REALLY good Greek wines and an incredible Vin Santo at Arguros Winery. Our gang of ten opted for the beach at Rethymno instead of Knossos in Crete. The beach was equipped with umbrellas and chaises as well as water sports facilities. The people who chose to go to Knossos returned to say that the 3-hour bus ride was tiring and the heat awful. (I wonder if Variety could dock Harmony V nearer to Knossos for that reason.)Greek night took place on Crete with a small troupe of excellent dancers who introduced us to classical dancing, followed with some wild Cretan versions of dancing to bouzouki which we all tried to emulate, not necessarily well. We skipped Kythera early the next day--more Meltemi. But we went on to Monemvassia, the fantastic castle town. Some people even found a beach. We arrived in Nafplio in the evening instead of the next morning and were able to have dinner at an exceptional fish restaurant on the quay in one of the most beautiful towns in Greece. The next day we went off to Mycenae, which reminded us that we needed to make another visit to the Archaeological Museum in Athens to catch up with the real "Mask of Agamemnon." Nafplio has competition from Hydra,where the natives are serious about preservation. Hydra is even more sophisticated than Santorini in certain ways. The Captain's Dinner took place that evening anchored at Aegina. The next morning we woke up in Marina Kea. We did not have a full complement of passengers on the cruise--only 36--which probably added to the positive experience. The wait staff and room staff were pretty young women from the Ukraine and the bartender was a young Russian; she made fantastic Mojitos and Margueritas. The crew were friendly and helpful. Our fellow passengers were really compatible; as far as I know there were no complaints and no "primadonnas." There were four Americans besides our group of ten while the rest of the complement were European and Australian. The cruise is good value for money. The staff are well trained and the service exceptional. Breakfasts were better than our 5-star hotel in Athens, the lunches very good, but perhaps the chef shouldn't try so hard to produce a "gourmet meal" for those dinners aboard. His moussaka and stuffed tomatoes were as good as mine and his lamb on "Greek Night" superb. This is not a cruise for someone who wants casinos, daily pseudo-Broadway entertainment, non-stop eating, and pampering. It's for people who like a laid-back experience and are capable of entering the spirit of small ship cruising. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
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