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cpugh Aug 27th, 2006 10:12 AM

Santorini Ferry
We are planning to fly to Santorini from Athens and then take the Highspeed ferry back. They offer VIP seat or table, as well as business seat or table. Does anyone know the difference?

Weadles Aug 27th, 2006 11:06 AM

We just took the highspeed from Crete to Santorini. We were in regular business class seats, but there were also 4-seat configurations with a table inbetween. Don't know what the VIP seat or table is.

Although you didn't ask, I just wanted to mention that you should definitely take motion sickness pills along if you are prone to that. We had very rough boat rides on the hydrofoils ( Crete-Santorini, and Santorini- Mykonos).

Our Greek friends actually told us that this is very common on the hydrofoils especially in the summer season, and that the regular ferries, although longer rides, are not as turbulent.

Leslie28 Aug 27th, 2006 04:25 PM

We took the highspeed ferry from Athens to Santorini in June. The business class seats are either airplane style seats in rows or, if you reserve a table, you sit in two facing forward and two facing backward with a table in between. The VIP seats are upstairs from both economy and business class. They also seemed to have a separate outside deck space up there, too. We didn't see them since we couldn't get up there without showing VIP reservations. We reserved (online ahead of time) a business class table and we were very happy with our choice. Since we were taking an early ferry, it was nice to have a table to eat breakfast on and it was perfect for our two young girls to color, etc. I reserved business class on our outward journey because I'd heard that economy was very smoky. Ironically, business class (even our non-smoking section) was smokier than economy. We sat at an economy table on the way back and that was just fine. I am very prone to seasickness and I did just fine on the highspeeds. Have a good trip!

RobinWarz Aug 30th, 2006 04:04 PM

How long is the standard ferry ride from Mykonos to Santorini? What about on the Hydrofoil? We are travelling with Gate1Travel and they "Do their best" to get you on a Hydrofoil, but don't guarantee it.

brotherleelove2004 Aug 30th, 2006 05:04 PM

First of all, there is no longer a car ferry all the way from Mykonos to Santorini. You have two options. There's a Hellenic Seaways highspeed catamaran that takes about 2.5 hours. This ferry is a daily occurrence in September except for the 13th and the 27th. If you can't get a booking on that ferry you'll have to take another highspeed (I J) ferry from Mykonos to Paros at 10 AM and switch to a car ferry that leaves Paros at noon for Santorini.

travelbuff127 Aug 30th, 2006 05:22 PM

Robin - see my post under the Naxos-Mykonos header!

kari92037 Sep 1st, 2006 11:33 PM

Brotherleelove is right. Just got back a few weeks ago. We were traveling on Wednesday from Mykonos to santorini. You have to stop in Naxos. Wish we had more does have one pretty cool ruin site. There are NO high speed ferries on Wednesdays, AT ALL! Don't know the day of your travel but, I'd recommend planning ahead. Because we were told not to worry...We had no idea and our travel agent never mentioned. We were lucky to get a seat on the "slow boat" and we lost an entire day of travel between Myk-San. It is almost as cost effective to fly for a slightly higher cost (really not that much if the seats are available). I'd recommend the high speed if I were you-simply for the time factor. We had seats in all class levels on the different slow boats; they were really not all that differnet since you can move around the boat and go to the restaurants, lounges, etc.Like an airplane, we just slept mostly...

RobinWarz Sep 6th, 2006 07:27 AM

Thanks for the info! We will be ferrying on Thursday so hopefully we will have better luck.

NYerr Sep 6th, 2006 07:44 AM

we reserved business class and got a table by chance. having the table is nice. the seas were rough but the boat ride was fairly smooth on the Fly Cat IV. the biggest joke is the luggage situation! I hope you are traveling light. In the business class, there are overhead compartments for small bags, (like an airplane) none downstairs in Economy.

brotherleelove2004 Sep 6th, 2006 10:14 AM

NYerr, so where do you put larger bags? I remember on the old Flying Dolphins they ended up in a huge pile by the entrance.

Weadles Sep 6th, 2006 02:43 PM

The larger bags go in large storage bins either on the outside deck of the economy section or immediately inside the economy section.

NYerr Sep 7th, 2006 09:10 PM

Well, there are luggage areas, but they overflow and it is a bit of a joke. Imagine a hundred or so people trying to get to an area midway in the economy section to get their bags, while people with their bags are trying to get out. Somehow the madness works, but it is very amusing. No wonder the ferry runs late when it is near capacity. If you have larger luggage they insist you embark on the back of the boat. We did not have large suitcases, so we entered midship, having to negotiate some stairs. The luggage bin was already full, so the bags went into the aisle nearby.

YiorgosM Jan 16th, 2008 03:25 PM

One writer says it took 2.5 hours from Santorini to Mykonos, but the schedule on Hellenic Seaways shows leaving Santorini 11:50 and arriving in Mykonos 14:25--that's 4.5 hours--anyone know about getting there in 2.5 hours? By the way, Olympic and Aegean suck for not having direct flights from Santorini to Mykonos--what's up with that??????????

worldinabag Jan 16th, 2008 03:32 PM

Sky Express - - do flights between Santorini and Mykonos.

brotherleelove2004 Jan 16th, 2008 03:56 PM

The Hellenic Seaways FlyingCat #4 takes 2.5 hours to get to Mykonos, not 4.5 hours as previously stated.

YiorgosM-do the math again and you will see that you are mistaken.

11:50 to 14:25 is approximately 2.5 hours.

YiorgosM Jan 16th, 2008 04:39 PM

Math was never my strong suit--thanks VERY much for helping me out--2.5 hours doesn;t seem so bad!!! Thanks again!!!

cathies Jan 16th, 2008 05:28 PM

That's all great advice, as usual. I just want to check that you aren't thinking that the fast ferry will provide a romantic/scenic trip. It doesn't! It's so boring and our trip from Athens to Santorini took about 6 hours (not the 4 hours that was quoted) which is such a waste. If you can fly (30 minutes) then I would recommend skipping the ferry trip altogether. Hope you love Santorini as much as we did. Take the bus across to the beaches - Kamari and Parissa, they are worth checking out.

YiorgosM Jan 17th, 2008 10:12 AM

Dear Fodor's friends,
Another Santorini-Mykonos hydrofoil question--
do you get a seat assignment in economy or business class or both?
I would love to just fly but apparently Olympic and Aegean don't fly Santorini-Mykonos and the prices to fly back to Athens and then to Mykonos are prohibitive. I looked at the Sky Express website but their schedule is for last year.

A Santorini question--are the archeological ruins worth seeing?

Many thanks.

Heimdall Jan 17th, 2008 01:18 PM

The Santorini-Mykonos ferry is a catamaran, not a hydrofoil. All seats are assigned.

Be patient - Sky Express and the ferry companies will be updating their websites for 2008 soon.

cathies Jan 18th, 2008 12:02 AM

When we took the fast ferry from Athens to Santorini, our seats were allocated, and not together. But we had been reassured that people chat to each other and swap seats. Sure enough when the lovely Greek man next to me realised that my husband was on the other side of the aisle about 10 rows away, he offered to swap. No drama at all!

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