Launched in 1992, Galileo is a motor-sail ship that underwent a radical renovation in 2007 to expand it from two to three masts. It can accommodate 49 passengers.
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Galileo's 25 cabins are spread out across two of the ship's four decks. All are outside cabins. Upper cabins have windows, while lower-deck accommodations have portholes. Cabins range in size from 92 to 140 square feet, and they're available in three categories. Categories C and B are located on the Lower Deck; A-class cabins are located on the Upper Deck. Cabins have either twin or queen beds; they are fixed so you should know what kind you want when you book. All cabins are air conditioned and have TVs, minifridges, direct-dial internal-use telephones, safe deposit boxes, hair dryers and bathrooms with showers.
The warm-weather Greek itineraries mean that lots of emphasis is placed on time outdoors. The ship has a large sun area on the Top Deck, equipped with loungers and chairs; the Upper Deck has an outdoor bar with space to sit. There's also a swimming platform for dips in the aquamarine waters (when weather and anchorage permit). Water sports equipment like kayaks and snorkeling gear is available on request. Indoor space consists of a lounge with a small library, a flat-screen TV and comfy sofas for relaxing with other passengers. The indoor bar and restaurant are located on the Main Deck (although in nice weather, meals are served alfresco).
A cruise coordinator provides destination briefings and shore excursion information. Wi-Fi is available at an extra cost.
The passenger mix on most of Variety Cruises' ships is roughly 40 percent American and 50 percent European, with 10 percent Australians.