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Greece experts: August greek ferry - I've left it too late!!

Old Jul 25th, 2006, 03:28 AM
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Greece experts: August greek ferry - I've left it too late!!

Hi All,

We are arring into Athens on Wednesday, 23 August. We were planning to take the overnight ferry (Hellenic Seaways) from Piraeus-Santorni, leaving at 22.00. All the online tickets have sold out. Do you think it is possible to just turn up without a ticket and travel on deck?

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Old Jul 25th, 2006, 05:16 AM
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Hi

Have you tried flying? Try Olympic or Aegean websites. You'll be there in 30 minutes and not that expensive.

Good luck.
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Old Jul 25th, 2006, 05:39 AM
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Unless you try a travel agent?
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Old Jul 25th, 2006, 05:58 AM
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The ship cannot possibly be fully booked a month in advance. According to the Greek government's web site, the overnight ship to Santorini on this date is the EXPRESS SANTORINI which has very few cabins - just 50 according to the owners. The number of deck tickets is limited to the capacity of the ship which, according to Hellenic Seaways' web site, is 1915. I doubt whether the ship will be absolutely full on a Wednesday evening, but there are alternatives.
http://egov.yen.gr/en/yen.chtm?prnbr=27622
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Old Jul 25th, 2006, 06:13 AM
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Thank World and Geoff. I am very suprised the ship is already full as well - we were hoping to save a night in a hotel in Athens and arrive in Santorini early rather than flying. I'm not against flying but we were really hoping to get on this ship..

Geoff, do you think I should hold off a couple of days and see if Hellenic puts more seats back on their system?
 
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Old Jul 26th, 2006, 05:45 AM
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Having just booked 2 tickets to Santorini on Aegean Air last night in a panic (with an annoying 4 hour stopover in Athens Airport), I checked Hellenic Seaways and they had availability!!!!! But ship is now the Express Aphrodite and not the Express Santorini. Have they laid on an extra ship?

I called Aegean Air and they said I can refund my tickets. How good is that??
 
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The EXPRESS APHRODITE seems to have replaced the EXPRESS SANTORINI. The 'APHRODITE is a bigger ship, but neither was built as an overnight ship; the 'APHRODITE has only three cabins, according to the owners.
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Old Jul 26th, 2006, 07:53 AM
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Thanks Geoff - guess we're in for a luxurious journey! But this is a far better option. My husband has never had the Greek ferry experience and this option gives us a bit of time to have a look round Athens before we make our way to the port.

And Aegean have already issued my refund!!
 
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