Variety Cruises Reviews

4.86 Rating 143 Reviews
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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

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"Our Classical Greek cruise on board the Harmony V was a wonderful experience, especially being a smaller boat carrying 50 passengers. The crew were very dedicated to making our experience of small boat cruising an everlasting memory. The cabins were spacious and well fitted out. Altogether, a beautiful boat. Joseph, our cruise director was excellent - very well organised and very knowledgeable with the history of every place visited explained and; his helpful hints of places to visit after his orientation walks of the various islands was most helpful, including a good variety/choice of on shore restaurants to dine in. We enjoyed the daily newsletters and also Joseph and the Captain kept us very well informed as to weather conditions and what to expect, especially during the days when a decision needed to be made not to proceed to Crete. Thank you for keeping us safe. This was the first Variety Cruise we had been on and would recommend this particular cruise to anyone considering cruising the Greek Islands. Sue and Mike McGuire New Zealand"
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"Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The staff crew catering... all superb. Wonderful settings on and off Gallileo and of course the swims off board ...bbq on the Sunday Greek dancing evening ...loved it all.... Well done. Certainly will be interested in further voyages with you. Many Thanks Kathy Peter and Roger Webb"
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"Galeleo around the Cyclades for 7 nights. Island stopoffs were well chosen. The crew were a delight to deal with. All guests loved the cruise as did we."
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"Thea, George and the whole crew were great. This was our first cruising experience, and now we are hooked. We plan on using Variety in the future. Bruce & Leslie Taylor"
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"While we've been of many cruises in the past (US, South Pacific, Mediterranean, etc...) We were very impressed with the dedication of the crew, the quality of the rooms, food, and the sites. While the cruise package is advertised for adults, my 2 children (6 & 8 years old) really had a blast and are longing for another such cruise. Since travelling with Variety Cruises, we have decided not to go on large cruises (i.e. Carnival, Royal Caribbean, MSC) that have over 2000+ people on board. The cosy atmosphere of a smaller cruise ship like what Variety Cruises offers is much more convivial."
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"Cylades, Gallileo, The trip was wonderful and I would recommend it to anyone over 30 yrs. The meals were delicious and well presented. Crew were informative and obliging. We enjoyed the swimming and opps to do day trips."
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"I spent a week in heaven on the Panoram a II Aegean Odyssey. We visited a different port each day, including Mykonos, Santorini and Kusadasi, Turkey and several others. It was an enriching, interesting, FUN and, importantly, TASTY experience. The crew on board the Panorama II were excellent. The food was amazing. The fellow guests were fast friends. And the destinations were all beautiful!"
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"We returned recently from the Classical Greece Cruise of the beautiful Greek Islands on board the Harmony V. We loved out cruise, we loved exploring the islands, usually under our own steam, exploring. The food and service on board the boat were fantastic. The only downside I suppose would have been that our cabin was quite small, being right up the front of the ship and one other thing we found kind of annoying was the loudness of the anchor going up and down! It was particularly loud in our cabin being located so close to it! Other than these things, we really enjoyed ourselves and would definitely recommend it to our friends and family."
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We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your recent Classsical Greece cruise experience on board the M/Y Harmony V and we are particularly delighted to hear that you found the food fantastic! Most importantly, and since Variety Cruises has always been focusing to the destination itself, it is great to hear that you loved exploring the islands visited. In regards to the afore-mentioned downside, we will contact you shortly. We hope to welcome you back on board any of our ships soon.
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Variety Cruises
"Greek Islands - Harmony V - July '14. A truly wonderful small boat cruise experience; great destinations, very relaxed itinerary and swimming from the boat along the way is what small boat cruising is all about. Really fantastic crew too!"
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Thank you for your comments. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your Small Ship cruise experience so much. We are particularly delighted to hear that you enjoyed the selection of the Ports of Call visited and that everyone from the crew on board has been so attentive. Last but not least, it is true that one of the best things in small ship cruising in Greece is that your pool is actually the Aegean Sea!
We wish to welcome you back on board with us soon.
Best wishes,
The Variety Cruises Team
"Just returned from the Classical Greece on the Harmony V. Everything was fabulous!"
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"Greek Islands,my harmonyv,fabulous way to see the islands,easy on and off,great"
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"Ship Galileo, 12/19th of July 2014, Cyclades on both the behalf of my husband Michael Goettsche and my self we can only say that it was a great experience. The ship is superb, the staff always nice and available, accommodation excellent. We really enjoyed the whole week. The only stop we did not find very exciting was Syros, not having the charm of the other islands...even Santorini with the terrible crowd of the big ships. We are looking forward to organize another cruise with you next summer and are already telling about our positive impressions to many friends. We will keep in touch for another marvelous holiday with you on a different itinerary but looking forward to the great quality of your offers. Thank you, we travelled quite a lot in our life , I may say with rather high standards, and this fit perfectly in what we hoped to find. Francisca Goettsche Lurani"
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"Adriatic Odyssey : 4th July 2014 : Pan Orama Captain George and his crew are exceptional. Each and every one of them knows what their own particular duties are and they are preformed with the utmost skill and efficiency. I have been on many boats/yachts over the years and can say without a doubt that Captain George is one of the most professional captains that I have come across. He knows exactly what everyone is doing at any particularly time and there is a wonderful atmosphere between the crew who all seem to have great respect of him. He is also very approachable to everyone and it was a pleasure to have been on Pan Orama. We had the misfortune of a Gale Force 8 travelling from Bar down to Corfu (we missed Saranda because of length of journey) but for me and my partner it was no problem and Pan Orama cut through the rough seas extremely well and absolutely safely. Top marks again to the crew who had to deal with a number of rather poorly passengers! I cannot rate this trip highly enough - everything and I mean everything could not be faulted. Your company runs a fantastic business and the staff you source are exceptional. Keep up the good work and we will be back again as soon as we can. Me personally would have liked a few more swimming stops off the boat but weather was 'as it was' otherwise perfect. Thank you very much .... I hope this will be a very long relationship ................."
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"I was on Pegasos on Sechelles. The crew was very courteous, the meals was tasty. All together very nice trip. I will recommend the variety cruises to my friends and relatives. best regards"
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"We loved every minute of our round trip from Corfu to Dubrovnik. The ability to get into small ports the big cruise ships can't is a real advantage as is the small number of passengers, many of whom we have become firm friends with. The crew were outstanding and nothing was ever too hard. The cabins are a little tired ( throw away the brown bedspreads ! ) but otherwise the Panorama is a very comfortable boat. Greek night was unforgettable and many of the Greek meals were fantastic. The Ports of Kotor, Korcula and Paxos were standouts and Corfu is lovely. We can't wait for our next Variety cruise !"
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"We loved our cruise of the Adriatic aboard the Panorama. First and foremost is the crew, they could not have been more friendly, customer focused and eager to please. They made the trip."
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"We actually sailed with the M/S Galileo in June 2009! That was a wonderful cruise with a great and attentive crew, delicious food and we visited some wonderful small ports and islands. This year we sailed from Dubrovnik on board S/C Panorama. Once again we had a great cruise with great food and really interesting places to visit. This was enhanced by Ninna our cruise co-ordinator and Captain George & his crew. Once again we were able to visit smaller ports and coves which are enjoyed by the smaller cruise vessels. We are now looking where to go next with Variety Cruises!"
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"Pan Orama II, to the Aegean Islands: This cruise was fabulous. The ship was comfortable and the staff was outstanding. We were immediately made to feel at home. Thea really made the trip! She is sweet, charming, gracious, patient, and a font of information. Nothing was too difficult for her to arrange or fix. She is truly an outstanding person! George also is amazing, He was here, there and everywhere, offering food, drink, help in every way. All of the Ukrainian young women were sweet and very helpful, too. The passengers were all so interesting and pleasant -- we never ran out of conversation. And of course, the islands we visited were fascinating. Here, too, Thea was so very helpful, giving us information about each island, arranging for taxis and vehicle rentals, recommending sightseeing spots and good restaurants. All in all, we loved this trip, would certainly recommend it to our friends, and will be interested in your other cruises."
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"I cannot say enough nice things about our cruise on the Galileo. The ship and the staff were all excellent-actually surpassing our expectations. The itinerary was the perfect balance of sea and land with culture, archeology and fun in equal portions. There was plenty of relaxing cruise time but never a dull moment and the mix of passengers was terrific. We ranged in age across 5 decades and all enjoyed the company of one another, sharing the cultures and language of 4 continents. And the food......oh my gosh! The food was just beyond comparison. Every day there was a buffet of the most sumptuous delights and healthy choices, all rolled into each meal. This ship is small enough to get to know every member of the staff and develop a kinship in no time at all. I cannot wait for my nest trip on the Galileo with my new friends."
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Variety Cruises is rated 4.86 based on 143 reviews

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