Santorini Ferry

Old Jan 18th, 2008, 01:00 AM
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Sorry if this sounds like a lecture, but some of you may be interested in the different types of ferries.

Hydrofoils are not the same as catamarans. There are no hydrofoils between Athens and Santorini or Crete>Santorini>Mykonos. They are only used in sheltered waters.

Athens to Santorini is served by the Highspeed series, huge car-carrying catamarans, almost as large as the conventional ferries. These ships are very smooth and stable.

Crete>Santorini>Mykonos is served by the Flyingcat series, smaller passenger-only catamarans, which cause problems with some people in rough weather. In calmer weather they are also very smooth.

Go to and click on "The Fleet" if you want to see pictures and stats of these ships. This is a hydrofoil:
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Old Jan 18th, 2008, 04:19 AM
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Yiorgos, you really should post that ruins question on a separate message -- people who are not interested in a ferry may not open this message.

To your query: do you mean the Minoan village of Akrotiri? Definitely very interesting -- BUT it has been closed since 2005 due to collapse of some scaffolding, and no re-opening date has been announced; certinly not '08.

If you mean ancient Thira, I think it is mainly about the climb and the marvelous vista of the Aegean. It is about 5 acres+ of higgledy-piggledy ruins with no signage at all... if u can find a map of ruins in a guide book (I never could) u can make some sense of it; luckily 2 of my travel pals on that trip were architects so we puzzled it out. NOTE: you can drive up part way if u have a car, or share a taxi(us). We walkd back down --goat path then 16 switchbacks -- and then bus backto Fira.
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