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Old Jun 23rd, 2008, 11:09 AM
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business versus economy Greek island ferries

We are travelling on the Hellenic Seaways "Flying Cat 4" between Santorini and Mykonos this summer (or Seajets "Superjet"). Is there a big difference between biz class and economy class (non-smoking)? Same question for Mykonos to Athens (either Hellenic Seaways "Highspeed 2" or Seajet 2). Both trips are about 2 1/2 hours. Thanks.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2008, 02:43 PM
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All seats are reserved on these boats, to me there isn't enough difference to merit buying business. I think the business seats have a table in front of them.. wanna play cards?? Use your laptop to do office work? Not me.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2008, 03:22 PM
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You can see the difference here: http://www.ferries.gr/hfd/fc4-gallery.htm
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Old Jun 23rd, 2008, 09:55 PM
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If you fly business class on airlines, then you may want to go business class on the flying cat or Superjet. Economy class is quite cramped when the ship is full, and business class costs only €19 more for Santorini-Mykonos.

The highspeeds are much roomier, so there's no big advantage to business class on them. Avoid Seajet 2 for your return to the mainland. Two out of the three times I have booked tickets for that ferry, the sailing was cancelled due to mechanical breakdown.
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So are the days of romance over? No more "salt-caked smoke stack"? No more beaten up old ferries that marked their arrival and departure with a proper ship's horn? Only enclosed, antiseptic superjets?

Do the old ferries still exist or are they gone for ever?

The "smoke stacks" not entirely apt but it was a phrase that refused to go away. I needed to find it, and here it is:

Cargoes


QUINQUIREME of Nineveh from distant Ophir,
Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,
With a cargo of ivory,
And apes and peacocks,
Sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine.

Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus,
Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores,
With a cargo of diamonds,
Emeralds, amythysts,
Topazes, and cinnamon, and gold moidores.

Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack,
Butting through the Channel in the mad March days,
With a cargo of Tyne coal,
Road-rails, pig-lead,
Firewood, iron-ware, and cheap tin trays.

John Masefield



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I just took a ferry from Santorini to Crete on the high speed flying cat 4. I had the same question that you did and decided to book business class because I wasn't sure what to expect. I would say, if money isn't an issue, book business class. The ferry that I was on was very crowded so the economy class was very noisy, with lots of kids and "chaos." The trip is only 2 hours, so it's really not that big of a deal, but I did enjoy business class with more spacious seating, not as many people, flat screen TV's and much quieter. All a matter of preference and as I said, for such a short trip, half of one, 6 dozen of the other, but, if you don't mind spending the $, I thought it was worth it on my trip.
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Thanks for the Masefield poem, afterall - took me right back to school!
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Old Jun 24th, 2008, 08:08 AM
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There are still plenty of open-decked ferries moving through the islands. Some are new and modern like those of the Blue Star fleet and some do have that older 'salt-caked' feel, the surviving rustbuckets still in use from days gone by. It's only a matter of time until these relics are de-commissioned for safety reasons but for now the dream lives on.......
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Afterall, my thanks as well for the poem.

With recent increases in fuel costs, there may be hope for the slow ferries yet. Most of the conventional ferries in the Blue Star fleet are ten years old or less, and I prefer them to the highspeeds.

If you long for beaten up old ferries, look no further than GA: http://www.gaferries.gr/index.php?op...d=16&Itemid=34
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