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/.
"Cuba was not our first Variety and won't be our last cruise with Variety. We are not likely to get another cruise where we were a passenger list of eight. A party having cancelled. This did not mean any of the crew took less time nor attention to our needs whether personal or trips. No less selection of anything. They kept to the normal schedule. So well done crew and Variety for choosing them!!"
"Fantastic! From the moment we arrived on board until we left. The crew from the Captain to the cabin girls were all excellent with smiling faces and lovely personalities, very caring and attentive - and good at their various tasks too! We had a wonderful week with you and, after last year's disappointment in Croatia (not Variety, we know) you went right up to the top of our list again.
Thanks very much to everyone.
Colin & Rosemary
PS Still didn't quite match the Cyclades cruise."
"My wife and I traveled on the Variety Voyager from Herradura, Costa Rica, through the Panama Canal. We had great fun. Our cabin was clean and comfortable and our cabin stewardess was very attentive. The bathroom and shower were more spacious than found on the typical small ship. The captain and officers were very friendly and generally eager to answer questions, and they were always professional while on duty. The dining room staff members were very friendly, polite, sometimes appropriately playful with the guests, and attentive to every request we made of them. The service was really exceptional. The tour coordinator worked very hard to ensure all guests were having fun. The quality of the meals was top-tier. The snorkeling was fantastic and everyone enjoyed the beach barbeques. Our trip with Variety Cruises was one of the best small ship experiences we've had to date. Variety has earned our repeat business."
"In general, the crew and tour guides did a wonderful job. However, our experience was significantly marred on the last day of our trip. We were dropped at the Havana Airport with little by way of guidance regarding what to expect. We desperately needed a "handler." The airport was complete chaos. Checking in was extremely slow and took more than 90 minutes (longer for some members of our group). Many other travelers were brought to the head of the lines in front of us with no explanation. Following check-in, we encountered lengthy lines for exit fees and security (as well as for the bathrooms).
Once past security, there were no places to sit and our entire group literally sat on the floor.
There was no information about our flight and no airline staff could address questions. Pairs within our group received seat assignments at oppositie ends of the plane, many of which turned out to be non-existent. Consequently, it took a very long time to board our already significantly delayed flight. There was virtually no cooling on the plane, which was hot, crowded, and very uncomfortable.
We arrived very late in Miami and, of course, missed our connecting flight back to Chicago (although we had originally planned a lengthy layover). Some members of our group were not able to get a return flight for several days.
In brief, we were extremely disappointed in how our departure was mishandled."
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your cruise experience on board the M/S Panorama in Cuba. It is with great pleasure to hear that you were satisfied with the friendliness and professionalism of the crew on board as well as the tour guides ashore on excursions.
Moreover, we are sorry to hear that the overall experience was marred due to problems regarding your departure from Havana airport. However, we would like to inform you that Variety Cruises is only the provider of the cruise tour in Cuba on board the Motor Sailer Panorama, therefore in no way would we able to investigate the circumstances under which you experienced problems with your transfer and flights departure from Cuba.
We remain at your disposal for any information and assistance you may need and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back on board one of our ships soon.
"The ship was Panorama II, which began and finished in Marina Zoas. We set off on 14 Nov 2014 and returned to MZ on 20 Nov, leaving the ship the following morning.
Panorama II is a beautiful ship and I would love to cruise on her again. The cabins were fine, also the hospitality, food, etc. My son and I went on all the excursions as we had already booked and paid for these via Voyages Jules Verne. The excursions were all very educational and enjoyable, and Evgenia Alexiou proved an excellent guide. Also her lectures on board the ship were very good. Together she and Dietmar and George formed a brilliant team and we all felt very well cared for, which enabled our disparate group - Brits, Aussies, Germans and I think an American or two - to gel together in a very satisfactory way."
"Harmony V excellent crew & destinations. Athens & Greek Isles. My wife & I have been regular cruisers on the larger cruise lines, the Harmony V being the first small boat experience. We will be back."
"Wow what an amazing 7 days we had on the Panorama II everything was fantastic, the food, excursions, the staff where just wonderful and the destinations. The Greek Islands where very special, especially on this small ships cruise with only 38 passengers, on some islands you felt you where the only ones visiting. I can't wait to do another cruise with Variety!!!!"
"Classical Greek Cruise 2014:September
What an experience! An unforgettable week! This cruise surpassed all our expectations! Not wanting to cruise on a "big ship",this was the perfect alternative.
We sailed on the Harmony V, which offered a more personalised service, with an experienced and professional crew.
On board meals were exceptional and plentiful, daily routine well communicated and offshore options well organised,thanks to the cruise director Dietmar. All locations visited were interesting and varied.
Would highly recommend this cruise, specially for people wanting to experience cruising for the first time.
David and Michelle Brierley, Sydney, Australia"
"See my email of September 25, 2014. I forgot to mention that when off the ship with other passengers we would often say "lets go home". I think this is a tribute to the Crew/Captain for making us feel so comfortable. Also the "SHIP" had something to do with it - it was warm and in one passenger's comment "beautiful" (note: he owns a 70 ft yacht).
"Variety was FAR better than any 'big ship' cruise we've been on. They accommodated all our requests, and we got to know our fellow passengers - and had a much better experience - than we would have had we done the same cruise on a biugger ship or by bus or driving. Thanks!!"
""jewels of the cyclades" on the boat GALILEO (30/09/2014) in twin bedded cabin
we enjoy very much this cruise ! because :
- there are only 45 persons and no children with much crew
we enjoy : the cruise program with visit archeological sites and swim stops with BBQ
- reading on the sun desk
- breakfast , buffet and diner very good, and it was very nice to go in traditionel greek tavernas
christine sassard from FRANCE du sud"
"Classical Greece cruise on MY HarmonyV. We loved our cruise experience. All staff from the boys greeting you as you came back on board every time, to the cabin staff, house keeping, wait staff, cruise director, and captain and crew were very friendly and obliging in making our time with them personal and an enjoyable experience. Everyone was always willing to take the time for a chat or answer questions. We were very impressed with one of the waiters Vic. Watching him work was amazing. He had a keen eye for all the needs of the passengers in the dining room , with a subtle wit and sense of humour which was very engaging.
If the opportunity arose to travel to a destination of interest for us with your company, we would, and would have no hesitation in recommending variety cruises to family, friends and colleagues."
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review on your recent Variety Cruises Yacht Cruise Experience.
It with such great pleasure to read that your week on board the M/Y Harmony V has been so enjoyable, with the staff on board always attentive, providing such personal service.
We thank you for choosing Variety Cruises and hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back on board with us very soon.
"Truly amazing experience and unforgettable days on board of Variety Cuises yachts! Enjoying the most of each destination in privacy and comfort of Variety vessels, and being indulged by always nice and friendly staff attention. Amazing plan of exclusive holidays for demanding travellers!"
Thank you for taking the time to write a review for your recent Classical Greece cruise on board the M/Y Harmony V. It is with great pleasure to hear that you appreciated the Variety Cruises concept. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you both back on board one of our ships for your 3rd Variety cruise soon.
"All wonderful - just a couple of comments:
Nowhere to dry of swimming kit.
Didn't get on very well travelling over night - missing the scenery which was a shame, and the motion and engine noise stopped me sleeping.
Otherwise had a great trip - and congrats to Dietmar who was so well informed and efficient!"
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent Yacht Cruise Experience on board the M/Y Harmony V.
It is with great pleasure to hear that your overall experience has been so positive and that the Cruise Director on board has been so professional and attentive. We also thank you for your suggestions on the cabin facilities and have forwarded them to the Operations Department. Last but not least, it is indeed inevitable that in two out of the seven nights of the cruise, the vessel overnights at sea in order for the guests to enjoy most time on the destination the next day.
We wish to have the pleasure of welcoming you back on board one of our ships soon.
I am very happy to supply our review of Harmony V.
The Staff Exceptional.
The Captain remarkable as to the complete management of the vessel.
The cleanliness of the Cabins.
The knowledge of your staff as to the locations visited.
I would be happy to recommend Harmony V to anyone that visits Greece.
Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review on your recent Classical Greece Yacht Cruise Experience. It is with such great pleasure to hear that the Captain and Crew have been so professional, efficient and attentive.
We thank you for choosing Variety Cruises and hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back on board one of our ships soon.
"Greek Islands, Panorama II,
We had a wonderful time. The crew was marvellous, the sea was kind, the stop overs and visits were fantastic, the guides and tour director were all very knowledgable -- wish my history teacher way back at school could have been half as good! The food was amazing, what else can I say? Thanks for a wonderful experience."
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your Aegean Odyssey cruise on board the Panorama II. It is with such great pleasure to hear that your week on board has in all aspects been excellent!
We thank you for choosing Variety Cruises and hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back home soon.
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