Variety Cruises History

Variety Cruises was established in 2006 following the merge of Zeus Tours & Yacht Cruises – a 3rd generation cruise and tourism business operating since 1949- and Hellas Yachts which started operating small ships cruises in 1993.
Zeus Tours & Yacht Cruises: Zeus Group was born out of Zeus Tours, a company founded in 1949 by Greek tourism visionary and pioneer Diogenis Venetopoulos, as an incoming Travel Agency and soon became among Greece's leading travel companies. In 1968 the company enters the 'Small Ships' scheduled cruises niche market by chartering the yacht ELEFTHERIOS and in 1973 launches its first fully owned small ship, the Motorsailer NIKI, a wooden hull cargo vessel rebuilt to offer 18 cabins. In 1978 Triantafyllos (Lakis) Venetopoulos took over the company and more ships followed including a new generation of steel hull ships of 4 star level, the M/Y HARMONY G and the M/S GALILEO.

Hellas Yachts: 
Hellas Yachts has been offering high class services in almost all yachting fields since 1978. In the 90ies the company decided to enter the mega yachts niche market with the commissioning of the 25 cabin PANORAMA (launched in 1993) and of the PANORAMA II (launched in 2004).

Key Moments of our History:
1949 Diogenis Venetopoulos establishes the company Zeus Tours and ignites incoming tourism to Greece.

1968 Zeus Tours charters the wooden yacht Eleftherios (Freedom) and becomes the pioneer of yacht cruises in Greece.

1973 Zeus Tours introduces the weekly scheduled cruise concept on an 18-cabin motor-sailer.

1978 Zeus Tours is taken over by Lakis Venetopoulos and is re-named Zeus Tours & Yacht Cruises.

1978 Dimitris Vassilakis establishes Hellas Yachts Group; a company specializing in sailing yachts’ sales, management, charters and operation.

The premium motor-sailer Panorama, the first full Solas, sailing motor-sailer of Hellas Yachts Group is launched, with 50-guest capacity.

Zeus Tours launches the new construction full SOLAS premium motor-sailer GALILEO, with 50-guest capacity.

1997 Zeus Tours operates the first ever non-Greek cruise, embarking on Seychelles aboard the Galileo.

2001 The new full Solas, premium M/Y Harmony G is launched and added to Zeus Group fleet, with 44-guest capacity.

2004 The new full Solas, sailing M/Y Panorama II is launched and added to the fleet of Hellas Yachts Group, with 50-guest capacity.

2005 Zeus Tours and Hellas Yachts merge and Variety Cruises is founded.

2006 Variety Cruises adds the premium M/Y Pegasus to the fleet, with 46-guest capacity.

2009 The premium M/Y Harmony V, with 50-guest capacity, is added to the fleet.

2012 The M/Y Variety Voyager, flagship of Variety Cruises, with 72-guest capacity, is launched.
2015 Variety Cruises purchases the elegant  M/Y Callisto, accomodating just 34 passengers in 17 cabins. The M/Y Callisto undergoes a thorough renovation and upgrading from September 2015 through March 2016, before being deployed in Greece for the Summer 2016 season and in Costa Rica and the Panama for the Winter 2016/17 season.

Variety Cruises is rated 4.87 stars by based on 132 merchant reviews

4.87 / 5 Rating
132 Reviews
We recently did the Garden of Eden cruise around the Seychelles on the Pegasus sailing on 16th April. The fact that there were only 12 passengers instead of a maximum of 44 meant we were treated like royalty. Good mix of Brits and continentals and everyone got on well. We had a class A cabin which was comfortable and a reasonable size but as this is not the most modern ship the bathroom is quite small and the fittings are a little dated. The food however was very good throughout with decent choice and the fresh fish served was excellent. The staff were very professional and friendly and nothing was ever too much trouble, so a big credit to the captain and Markos who was in charge of Hotel operations. Enjoyed the excursions to Curieuse, Cousin and Aride islands particularly,which are basically nature reserves with no other facilities .For those interested in the natural world and ornithology in particular then these are excellent excursions and the landings on small boats through big surf waves was all part of the fun. The optional excursion to Vallee de Mai on Praslin was enjoyable and informative. There were several excellent snorkelling trips using the zodiacs and the variety of fish and marine life was pretty good and a lot of new coral growth was particularly evident! So to summarise, thoroughly enjoyed the cruise which certainly exceeded our expectations. As this was our first cruise with Variety it will almost certainly not be our last since we particularly enjoy small ship cruising and they have an interesting schedule of similar cruises!
Recently (April 2016) cruise in the Seychelles which was magnificent. Everything you want from a good holiday, plenty to see, beautiful locations and beaches, fauna and flora. The boat Pegosos was wonderful, very comfortable and a fabulous crew that looked after everything. It truly is a luxury experience. Other guests were a lot of fun and the ship is small enough to make it feel like a private charter. The Excursion guide was very good and made sure we didn't miss anything. So happy to see the Tortoises on some of the Island stops, a very good way to see the Seychelles -- highly recommended and very good value. Food was excellent and lovely BBQs on the beach. Take my advice and go!
Pegus Seychelles. We had a fantastic holiday and a big thank you to Variety Cruises. We found all the staff without exception very helpful ,accommodating, entertaining and great fun which made the experience all the more enjoyable. Would definitely recommend this holiday.