The entire crew was very hospitable and made us feel like home.
There were only 45 persons on board with much crew and by day 2 we all knew each other on a first name basis. The whole on board experience was like being on a private ship along with friends from many corners of the world- Australia, US, France, Spain, Germany also a few from South America and from New Zealand.
The M/S Galileo is a fantastic ship. We picked a Category A cabin but we would perfectly stay on a lower category because we spent so much time ashore discovering the destinations. Cabin 6 was our home for the week, a category A cabin and was located on the upper deck. Perfect size, good matresses, and very clean every day.
The highlight of our life on board were the swimstops in bays where literally noone else was! Our first swim stop was in Poliegos island -an uninhabited island- with crystal blue-green waters. By then, we knew this was not a conventional cruise -not even a conventional small ship cruise. We enjoyed two stops where our Captain Nikos drop anchor and we swam off the side of Galileo. We also used the kayak and made it till the shore. The crew also organized for us one beach bbq- again on an uninhabited island near Paros and then we continued to Paros.
We had optional shore excursions every day. We picked the ones in Delos, in Santorini, and in Syros island. The rest of the days we decided to explore the ports on our own, as it was so easy with our ship docked in every island we went at. we simply walked on and off the ship. Also, the itinerary included overnights at the 90% of the ports, so we also tasted the local tavernas and bars on the islands.
The itinery lasted seven nights and eight days, we embarked on a Friday afternoon and disembarked next Friday after breakfast. the best thing with the Jewels of the Cyclades cruise itinerary was that we visited 7-8 ports of call. half of them were much loved greek islands like Mykonos and Santorini and Paros, and the rest were islands which we never heard of. We loved them all, with our least favorite being Poros island.
We enjoyed the privacy and comfort of being two among 45 passengers. It made days on board and on shore very special and it has been a highlight of our lives which we will cherish forever.
We will be back!