Variety Cruises Reviews

4.86 Rating 137 Reviews
99% of reviewers recommend Variety Cruises

About Variety Cruises: Variety Cruises, a Greece-based cruise company is excited to announce that 2018 marks its 50th Anniversary year in the small cruise ship industry. Embracing the philosophy of elegance, intimacy and adventure, Variety Cruises operates 11 state-of-the-art SOLAS certified yachts hosting less than 72 passengers around the world. Each yacht has an intimate ambiance and a community of like-minded fellow travelers. Known for its high passenger-to-crew ratio, averaging 2 passengers to 1
crew, Variety staff offer personal attention to all passengers.

Since 1968, Variety Cruises as a family-owned cruise company has been delivering
cruise experiences that focus on the destination, while guests enjoy unique benefits of what small ships offers. Our ships serve handpicked destinations worldwide including Greece, the Adriatic Sea, Bali & Indonesian islands, the Red Sea, Egypt & Jordan, the Cape Verde Islands, the Seychelles, Costa Rica & the Panama, Cuba, Spain & Portugal, and Iceland. Variety Cruises’ ships dock right in the heart of the destination and offer multiple swim stops right off the vessel in secluded bays. To learn more, please visit http://www.varietycruises.com/.

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"In September 2014 my wife and I cruised on the Galileo and although the cruise was changed from the Agean Sea to the Ionian Sea because of bad weather in the Agean we were not disapointed, it was an amazing cruise. We enjoyed it so much we returned this year in August and cruised on the Variety Voyager and again had a very enjoyable cruise and would certainly recommend Variety Cruises to anyone wishing to cruise the Greek Islands"
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Dear Terry,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review on both your Variety Cruises experiences.

It with such great pleasure to hear that your overall experience on the M/Y Variety Voyager operating the Aegean Mosaic cruise was so enjoyable.

We thank you for your loyalty to Variety Cruises and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back on board one of our ships again very soon.

Safe travels & SEA you soon.

Happy Holidays and a prosperous 2016!

With best regards,
The Variety Cruises Team
"I, along with my husband and friends sailed on the Variety Voyager from Athens to Istanbul in August of 2015. It was definitely one of the best trips of my life. Captain Andreas was ever so nice and we all knew we were in great hands. The crew was amazing and each day was planned with great excursions, which we did quite a few of them. This was our second cruise with Variety and I can't wait to go on another one."
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Dear Teresa,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review on your second Variety Cruises experience, again on the M/Y Variety Voyager!

It with such great pleasure to hear that your Aegean Mosaic cruise has been one of your most beautiful trips to remember, and that the Captain and crew on board went above and beyond to that end.

We thank you for your loyalty to Variety Cruises and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back on board one of our ships again very soon.
Safe travels & SEA you soon.
Happy Holidays and a prosperous 2016!

With best regards, The Variety Cruises Team
"The Galilao last week touring around the Greek Islands was fantastic. Thanks to the Captain and hardworking staff on board. The chef wowed us with the buffets and Greek night entertainment great fun. All above our expectations. Thank you all. 13.10.15"
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"My wife and I sailed on the Harmony V from August 14th-21st on the classical Greek cruise. Over all the cruise was a very good experience that we would not hesitate to do again. While the ship may not have been brand new, it offered almost everything we needed to enjoy our time on the ship. The food was very good, the employees were very attentive and the cabins were comfortable. Our cruise director Josef was outstanding in his knowledge of history which he presented in a manner that made it very interesting. He was friendly and engaging with the passengers and available at any time. The islands we visited were outstanding along with the tours that were available, three of which we took part in. My only concerns were the lack of equipment available for enjoying the water. From reading the brochures and information on line, we got the impression the water activities were a big part of the cruise and looked forward to that. My other concern was that the Captain was not very friendly with the passengers. As a former airline captain, interaction with the passengers was very important to me and I found this lacking. Otherwise, a wonderful vacation that I would recommend to anyone. Kirk Thorvaldsen"
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"De retour d'une croisière aux Seychelles sur le MY Pegasus nous sommes rentrés enchantés. Si certes le bateau était un peu vieillot mais avec charme l'équipage a été au cours de ces 8 jours extraordinaire. De la cuisine mitonnée par un cuisinier Seychellois aux excursions, mais également le capitaine et l équipage, toute l'équipe est attentionnée et d'une gentillesse extrême. Un voyage inoubliable au jardin d'Eden, Croisiere chaudement recommandée !"
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"I was on The Panorama II end of June 2015, with strong winds and my fear of sea sickness. The ship travels so well that we had no problem whatsoever. Overall, the food was EXCELLENT, the staff professional and very helpful (thank you dear George and Captain Costas!) and the itinerary we chose, which included both the Cyclades plus the Peloponese part, offered the best of the greek islands. We had swim stops of course which added to the adventure but missed the beach bbq because of new laws, they said. Anyway, the whole experience was so good that I would recommend it to all!!!! Maria Trivyza"
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"Greek Islands cruise on Harmony V. First of all it is not a yacht and not a luxury one, it is just a worn out boat with drab interiors, grey looking linen and towels to match. Accomodation is very basic, the food is average to put it politely. They employ staff from third world countries, who do not know anything about the wine and food they serve. When it comes to drinks from the bar they charge extra for soda water that is added to your spirits...what planet did they come from? For the first two days they were changing our itenerary every few hours, so eventually we did not go to Crete, but went to some smaller island. They kept blaming the weather ahead. To cut the long story short, the best time we had it was on the land, not on the boat. We have met a few couples from France and Italy and they were of the same opinion about this cruise. I think that it is grossly overpriced for what is on offer and we are very disappointed."
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"excellent week in the Seychelles on Pegasus, food was delicious! I will be back!"
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Mindy&Michael
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"Our trip to Greece aboard the Pan Orama II was filled with sights we had only read about in history books. While the weather was less than spectacular in early March, the crowds at the temples and ruins were very minimal, in fact we often were the only visitors which made for a much more pleasant visit. I would highly recommend going on the early season trips for this reason. What made our visits even better were the very knowledgable cruise director and even more knowledgeable tour guide. The ships crew was awesome and a special hats-off to the chef, who never disappointed us with any of the meals. Even a slight mishap with the ship was handled quickly and it did not interupt our itinerary. I would look forward to another adventure with Variety Cruises."
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"The staff and crew of the S/V Panorama was dedicated to serving the passengers. All were eager to insure that we were comfortable and well taken care of. While smaller in size the ship was huge in hospitality and cleaniness. The captain and crew also ensured our comfort as best they could in light of the weather and high seas."
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Charles&Elouise
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"The Pan Orama was well maintained and staffed by a marvelous, helpful, friendly crew. This was our first small craft cruise. We had expected it to be more casual than larger ones, but in this case all the fine touches were present and carried out in a very easy going, professional manner. We cruised through a storm that made life difficult for all, but one would never know the crew had any difficulties. They were top notch!! We hope to take another Variety Cruise in the future."
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"We were on Motor Sailer Panorama II Our Greek trip was excellent and we are planning on returning in the future. As it turned out, even though the weather did have an impact on our trip, this was a great time to visit Greece. At nearly everywhere we went the crowds were down and we were able to enjoy the visit without being mobbed by others. There were several very positive features. Probably first and foremost was the presence of our guide, Ms. Alexiou. Her knowledge and enthusiasm was infectious and really made the visits come alive. The food and service was also noteworthy and the staff is to be complimented. I would recommend in the future that you provide your guides and your passengers with the remote radio devices that I think are called whisperers’. As I said, our guide was superb, but we were tethered to her in order to hear her explanations. It would have greatly enhanced the experience if we could look at one display while she explained another. Plus, when there was a crowd of any sorts (and there were a number of school groups that in themselves are extra noisy), it made it difficult to hear what was being said. We enjoyed our cruise. Jim and Sue Culley"
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"We were on Pegasus and thought it was terrific. The crew couldn't have been more helpful and the food was fantastic."
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"My wife Linda and I enjoyed our trip to Cuba with Variety Cruises very much. The crew, ship and guide were excellent. It was one of the best trips we have ever been on around the world. I have highly recommended this adventure to a number of folks since returning to VA."
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"Panama, the Panama Canal and Costa Rica (Colon to Herradura). The Voyager. The best excursion was with the Embera tribe. Loved everything except being separated at diner from the Odyssey tour people. That was very strange and unfortunate not to be able to get to know them also. The diner seating was maintained at almost every meal even though their tables were not "reserved" at breakfast & lunch. Least interesting town, Portobello (Panama). Great cruise, great crew!"
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"Our recent cruise with Variety Cruises was a seven night cruise experience around the Peloponese focused mainly on the historical and archaelogical sites of the area. Our tour leader was excellent, and our cruise coordinator also. Meals were full board and delicious and we were lucky that the weather conditions allowed us to have lunch and sometimes dinner too in the alfresco dining area of the upper deck, which provided unobstructed views of the ports of call where our ship, the Panorama II was docked. Excellent staff and service, we will be back! Thank you everyone!"
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"Our recent cruise with Variety Cruises was a seven night cruise experience around the Peloponese focused mainly on the historical and archaelogical sites of the area. Our tour leader was excellent, and our cruise coordinator also. Meals were full board and delicious and we were lucky that the weather conditions allowed us to have lunch and sometimes dinner too in the alfresco dining area of the upper deck, which provided unobstructed views of the ports of call where our ship, the Panorama II was docked. Excellent staff and service, we will be back! Thank you everyone!"
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"Cruise: Costa Rica and Panama Canal cruise on Variety Voyager. We were delighted to be upgraded from a P category cabin to the Owner's Suite. This was our second cruise on the Variety Voyager and we enjoyed every minute. All the staff were very friendly and efficient, the excursions were well planned, and Elliott was a superb guide. His knowledge of the wildlife and plants was extensive and he was very patient in responding to questions. The food on board was delicious and varied. The captain was very good in keeping passengers informed throughout the cruise, and the bridge was very accessible. All in all as wonderful week, and we look forward very much to being on the Voyager again in October."
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"Our February 2015 Costa Rica / Panama cruise on Variety Voyager was fabulous. The boat was quite new, and the crew, service and food couldn't have been better. The on-board internet connection was very slow, but we were warned in advance of purchasing it. The land excursions were well planned and included great tours of wildlife preserves with knowledgeable guides able to point out many animals I would never have spotted on my own. The snorkeling at Granito de Oro was some of the best I've experienced outside of the Great Barrier Reef, although shorter than I would have liked. We also had a fun zip-lining experience that was quite extensive. The passage through the Panama Canal was an experience to remember. Due to rough seas we had to skip a planned visit to the San Blas Islands on the final day, but the crew was able to arrange a similar land excursion a the last minute."
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Dear Barbara,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review on your recent Yacht Cruise Experience in Costa Rica and the Panama.
It with such great pleasure to read that your week on board the M/Y Variety Voyager has been so enjoyable, the food excellent and the crew so attentive.
We also thank you for your comments on the duration of the swim stop in Granito de Oro which we will take into consideration for next year's season starting December 2015.

We thank you for choosing the M/Y Variety Voyager and hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back on board one of our ships very soon.

With best regards,
The Variety Cruises Team
"Everything was great! The meals, shore excursions and accommodations. The crew was very professional and the Captain was very accessible and interesting. We would gladly travel on this ship again."
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Dear Marvin,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review on your recent Yacht Cruise Experience in Costa Rica and the Panama on the M/Y Variety Voyager.

It with such great pleasure to hear that your cruise experience overall was great, the crew attentive and that your conversations with Captain Andreas Sifniotis were enjoyable.

We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back on board one of our ships very soon, in any of the many Variety Cruises cruise destinations.

With best regards,
The Variety Cruises Team
Variety Cruises is rated 4.86 based on 137 reviews
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